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YMCA of Montclair Celebrates State Champion Swimmers at NJ YMCA State Championships

Ella Habjan, Head Age-Group Coach Matt Garifo and Natalie Dripchak Credits: Kimberly Dripchak
Connor Townson (in red) waiting to be awarded his medal after a third place finish in the 200 fly Credits: Michael Townson
L to R: Ryan LoCicero, Howard Zhuang, Aly Breikaa, Justin Cueva, Carly Frank, Natasha Nowaczek, Kazuri Lateef, Tyna Davis Credits: Rachel Bernstein
Ella Habjan and Natalie Dripchak on the podium for the 200 yd. backstroke. Credits: Kimberly Dripchak

TOMS RIVER, NJ - 21 Montclair YMCA Dolphins ages 12 and under competed against swimmers from 25 other YMCA teams in the NJ YMCA State Championships on February 25-26 at the Ocean County YMCA in Toms River, NJ.  

Top-16 finishers earned points. 

With about 65 swimmers competing in each event, ten of the young Dolphins earned points for the team: Aly Breikaa (10), Justin Cueva (10) and Ryan LoCicero of Bloomfield, Connor Townson (12) of Glen Ridge, Natalie Dripchak (11), Carly Frank (10), Ella Habjan (12) and Leo Powers (12) of Montclair and Kazuri Lateef (10) and Howard Zhuang (10) of West Orange.  Zhuang is the 2017 State Champion in the 10 & under 100 breast.  Both Townson, who swam in 7 individual events and Frank, who competed in 6, earned points in every one of their individual events.  Both swimmers earned three top-5 finishes.

Head Age-Group Coach Matt Garifo said, “What an amazing season these young swimmers have had! They worked really hard all year and I couldn't be prouder!”


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