MADISON, NJ - The Madison YMCA Mariners swim team competed on February 11-12 at the N.J. YMCA Bronze Championships hosted by the Ridgewood YMCA Swim Team at John Witherspoon Middle School in Princeton NJ.  65 swimmers participated, bringing home terrific results in all age groups with a number of swimmers qualifying for this week’s N.J. YMCA Silver Championships being held at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, NJ.

Leading all swimmers with 1st place finishes in individual performances were Jule Schaefer (3 events the Girls 9-10 50 Free, 100 Free and 100 Back), Gianna Latorre (Girls 13-14 200 Fly) and Anika Lippke (Girls 9-10 50 Fly).  The Girls 9-10 relay teams also scored 1st place finishes in the 200 Free Relay (Katelyn Hoffelder, Molly Newman, Jule Schaefer, Elena Latorre) and the 200 Medley Relay (Elena Latorre, Jule Schaefer, Lexi Watson, Katelyn Hoffelder).

As a team, the Mariners had 25 swimmers place in the top 10 in individual events (16 placed in the top 5).  Top 10 finishers were Anuthra Abeysinghe, Artha Abeysinghe (2), Victoria Ankel, Fiona Beacom, Erin Beik, Katharine Caviness, Sophia Clarke, Hannah Corcoran (2), Sofia Danzo, Katelyn Hoffelder (3), Christopher Huong, Emily Huong, Sarah Lapus, Elena Latorre (4), Gianna Latorre (3), Anika Lippke (3), James Lord, Molly Newman (2), Gabriel Peralta, Thomas Pontius (2), Jule Schaefer (5), Christopher Smith, Owen Smith (2), Veda Swaminathan, and Lexi Watson (2).

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Mariners that qualified for the Silvers Championships were Artha Abeysinghe (11-12 100 Breast), James Lord (13-14 100 Fly), Katelyn Hoffelder (9-10 50 Free), Elena Latorre (9-10 100 Free), Anika Lippke (9-10 50 Fly), Jule Schaeffer (9-10 100 Back, 100 Free, 50 Fly), Lexi Watson (9-10 100 IM), Fiona Beacom (11-12 50 Fly, Sarah Lapus (11-12 50 Fly), and Gianna Latorre (13-14 100 Fly and 200 Fly).

Erin Beik and Gianna Latorre both touched the wall in the 200 Fly with times that qualify them to compete in the Seniors division of the Sunkissed Invitational meet in Charlotte, NC on March 30-April 2. 

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