Press Releases

35 YMCA Dolphins Qualify for 2017 NJ YMCA State Championships

Amy Chen qualified for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships in the 200 back Credits: Jess Michaud
Diego Pla-Silsby qualified for three additional 2017 NJ Y State Championship events Credits: Jess Michaud
Zubin Kremer-Guha qualified to swim in two events at the Y Silver Championships Credits: Jess Michaud
Elizabeth Habjian qualified to swim in four additional events at the 2017 NJ Y State Championships. Credits: Jess Michaud

For the past several weekends, the Montclair YMCA Dolphins have been competing in championship meets that provide swimmers with additional opportunities to qualify for the 2017 NJ YMCA State Championships.


The NJ YMCA Bronze Championships took place at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy on February 11-12.  At the Bronze meet, 87 Dolphins competed to achieve qualifying times for the NJ YMCA Silver Championships.  15 of the swimmers made one or more Silver cuts.  Five of those swimmers qualified for the Y Silvers for the first time this season:  Fifi Amanuel (12) of West Orange, Amy Chen (16) of Montclair, Santiago Galvan (12) of Clifton, Zubin Kremer-Guha (14) of South Orange and Gabriel Remache (13) of Nutley.  Tina Pavlidis (13) of West Orange qualified for the Silver championships in an impressive four additional events at the Bronze meet: the 100 free, 100 & 200 breast and the 200 IM.


At the Silver Championships, over 1,200 swimmers from 30 New Jersey YMCA teams competed at GCIT in Sewell, NJ on February 18-19 for the top spots at the silver level and a chance to go to the Y State Championships.  Of the 66 Dolphins competing at Silvers, 15 qualified to compete at States in 27 events, bringing the Montclair Y’s 2017 NJ YMCA State Championship Team to 35 swimmers.  Four of those swimmers qualified for the State Championships for the first time this season:  Tyna Davis (10) of Bloomfield, who finished 1st in the 50 back and 3rd in the 100 back, Christian Gilio-Malabre (14) of West Orange, who finished 1st in the 100 breast and Blake Velardi (10) and Enzo Wood (13), who finished 3rd in the 200 back, both of Glen Ridge. Additional top 3 finishers include Gaea Caro (12) of Montclair who captured 1st place in the 100 breast, Elizabeth Habjian (12) of Montclair who finished 2nd in the 50 free and qualified for four State Championships events and Nathan Espiritu (14) of Bloomfield, who finished 3rd in the 200 free.  Espiritu, Christina Gilio-Malabre (14) of West Orange and Diego Pla-Silsby (11) of Montclair each qualified in three additional events. The Montclair Y placed 8th over all.

Sign Up for E-News


Head Coach Paulo Madeira said “We are excited about the great results that many of our swimmers had in the Silver Championships.  Qualifying for the State Championship meet is a great accomplishment and I look forward to seeing some more great swimming at States.”


The YMCA of Montclair Dolphins swim team offers a year-round opportunity for competitive swimming in both YMCA and USA Swimming competitions as well as seasonal instructional clinics for aspiring competitive athletes. The team is comprised of girls and boys from age 6 through high school. More than 200 athletes train with the team each year. They compete at all levels, based on their skill set.


For more information about the Montclair YMCA Dolphins swim team, contact head coach Madeira at or 973-744-3400.


TAP Into Another Town's News:

Sign Up for E-News


Original Pancake House of West Caldwell Evacuated in Possible Pepper Spray Incident

May 20, 2018

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The Original Pancake House in West Caldwell was evacuated early Saturday afternoon due to a possible pepper spray incident that caused ambulances from the West Essex, Verona and Bloomfield First Aid Squads to assist at the scene.

Bianca Pietro, a West Orange mother of two, said she was seated inside the glass atrium on the south side of the building that faces ...

The Meadowlands' Jeff Gural To Talk Sports Betting On May 18 Broadcast

May 18, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Meadowlands chairman Jeff Gural will talk about what lies ahead for Garden State bettors Friday night, May 18 as the Big M prepares to take action on professional and college sports in the coming weeks.

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with New Jersey and ruled that sports betting is now legal across the country.

Gural will be interviewed by ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, May 22, 6:00 PM

Montclair Public Library, Montclair

How to Live Longer and Stay Healthy

Health & Wellness

Tue, May 29, 7:00 PM

Studio Playhouse, Upper Montclair

Into the Woods Auditions

Arts & Entertainment

Letter to the Editor: Gum Litter and what YOU can do about it

May 16, 2018

Gum is non-biodegradable, meaning it doesn't’t break down ever….

Today, the unlikely problem surfaces. The average person chews 275 sticks of gum per year. With the amount of people in daily society, it’s no mystery why chewing gum is the second most littered item after cigarette butts.  Did you know that gum is banned in Singapore?

In addition to littering human ...

Montclair Police Blotter: Montclair Business Burglarized, Arrests and More

May 17, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The following blotter was released by the Montclair Police Department on May 15, 2018:


05-11-2018 (Orange Road) Mr. Tyrone Davis, 44yoa from Newark, was arrested and charged with DWI.
05-14-2018 (Grove Street) Ms. Sabrina McSwain, 21yoa from Bloomfield, was arrested on an open
warrant out of Glen Ridge ($250)


05-09-2018 (Union Street) ...

'Turning Off the Morning News' brings comic twist

‘Turning Off the Morning News’ tackles today’s issues with a comic twist

By Liz Keill

PRINCETON, N J – Despite the late night comics, no one quite captures the insanity of the political/social status world like Christopher Durang.

His latest play, “Turning off the Morning News” hit the ground running.  John Pankow as Jimmy addresses the audience, ...

'To Kill a Mockingbird' Sustains Timeless Appeal

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse provides a stellar production of a much loved classic, “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

The Harper Lee novel, later a Gregory Peck film and now a stage production, retains all the warmth, intensity and integrity that made it such an appealing hit in the 1960s. And there will be a new production on Broadway in December with a script by Aaron Sorkin ...

Montclair Center BID: Free Parking for Downtown Summer Sidewalk Sale, June 9

May 22, 2018

MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Center BID has announced free parking on Saturday, June 9.

During the Downtown Summer Sidewalk sale, there will be free parking for three hours maximum at the parking lot located at 65 Church Street.  According to a release, the three free hours will be available from 10 am to 6 pm to enable shoppers to enjoy the sales and specials of downtown ...