Girls Swimming: State Ranked Westfield Defeats Gov. Livingston

Credits: John Haddad

WARREN, NJ - The Governor Livingston girls swim team faced Westfield, the number 15 team in the state at home on Tuesday, losing the meet but keeping their opponent under 100 points with a final score of 96-74.

The Lady Highlanders put Westfield on notice in the first event, the 200 medley relay, when the lineup of Bailey Gold, Nicole Biegel, Rachel Heeren and Sarah Montagna took first place, with the team of Phoebe Kim, Danielle Curtis, Serena Shen and Ashley Chang taking third. Westfield then took first in the next five events until the sweep was halted by Bailey Gold, who scored a win in the 500 free. That win was immediately followed by a win in the 200 free relay by Rachel Heeren, Sarah Montagna, Aidan Donahue and Bailey Gold, a race that also bettered their Meet of Champions qualifying score by a second. Ashley Chang, Nicole Biegel, Serena Shen and Sarah Polizza also added third place points in that event. The Westfield team proved to be too deep in the final three events, however, and was able to win the remainder of the races.

Head Coach David Closs had the upcoming Union County Championship meet on his mind when he put together the event lineup for the night. "We didn't really have our A plus line-up in their best events because we have Counties on Sunday and that is ultimately a more important meet, and we want to keep them fresh," he said. "We put them in some off events and ended up having a lot of really nice swims. I told them we did much better this year than we did last year against Westfield."

This Sunday, January 21, the girls swim team heads to Rutgers University for the Union County Championships, where they placed third last year. Their next regular season meet is at home against Elizabeth on Tuesday, January 23 at 7:45 pm.

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