NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The Gov. Livingston (GL) girls swim team passed their first big test with flying colors against friendly rival New Providence with a dominating 103-67 win.

GL Coach Closs said, "It's always fun to go up against good friend in NP coach Walter Kempner, and Coach Leahy and I feel happy and lucky to come away with the victory."

New Providence started the meet off strong with a solid win in the 200 medley relay team of S. Kudryashova, A. Keats-O'Connor, E. Debrot , and L. Voss but GL responded with a win by Aidan Donahue in the 200 free.

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The Pioneers were back on the attack with wins by Autumn Keats-O'Connor in the 200 IM and Sophia Kudryashova in the 50 free, however, the depth of the GL team was becoming increasingly evident. Bailey Gold scored next for GL with the 100 fly but New Providence standout  Kudryashova was dominant in the 100 free with a 54:14.  

At the break, GL held a 10 point lead 52-42 and never looked back. GL won four out of the next five events, including Sarah Montagna in the 500 free, the 200 free relay team of Sarah Polizzi, Sena Hur, Indiana Curtis, and Donahue, Nicole Biegel in the 100 back, and the 4 X 100 free relay team of Aidan Donahue, Sarah Montagna, Jen Collins, and Nicole Biegel.

GL standout Sarah Montagna captured the mood building for this year's girls team, "I'm really excited for what we have in store this year. We are a group of extremely hard working and committed swimmers who are stronger than we ever have been before," she said. "Our win against New Providence tonight is a huge confidence booster for us and is just the beginning of a great season."

Next up for the New Providence girls swim team is Oak Knoll at Berkeley Aquatic Club this Thursday at 3:15 p.m..