BRANCHBURG, NJ  – The Madison Mariners lead the way at the YMCA 8 and Under State Championships at Raritan Valley Community College on Sunday February 8.  

6 different 8U swimmers finished with top 10 results in their events and TWO Mariner team records were broken. 

Maeve Kelly (7, Madison) led all MAY swimmers with 1st place finishes in 3 individual events (Girls 7U 25 Free, Girls 7U 25 Breast, Girls 7U 25 Fly). 

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Julia Ulrich (8, Chatham) and Molly Newman (8, Chatham) also placed in the top 10 in 3 events including Julia earning 3rd place in the 25 Fly (Girls 8-8) and Molly 3rd place in the 50 Free (Girls 8-8).  Sadie Clark placed 6th in the 25 Free (Girls 8-8), Anuthra Abeysinghe 7th in the 25 Breast (Boys 8-8) and Chloe Thorn Leeson 10th in the 25 Fly (Girls 7U).  Ulrich’s 3rd place in the 8U 25 Fly set a new MAY team record, touching the wall with a time of 18.29.

In the marquee team event, the 100 Freestyle Relay, the MAY 8U Girls were the fastest team in the pool.  Kelly, Ulrich, Newman, and Clarke combined to win the event with a time of 1:08.54, almost a ½ second faster than the 2nd place team, and breaking the Mariners team record!

The Mariners were lead by Head Coach Jon Siegel.