Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Impresses at National Meet in NC

Chris Bondarowicz (in foregroud) is set to compete in the 200 Breaststroke at the YMCA Short Course Championships in North Carolina. Credits: Andrew Bondarowicz
The girls 200 Free Relay finished 3rd (Darlene, Sarah, Amanda, Monika)  Credits: Instagram
FSPY in NC Credits: Instagram

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) swim team placed 14th overall earlier this month against 207 teams from across the country at the YMCA Short Course National Championships in Greensboro, NC.

The FSPY team of ten women and 11 men achieved 3 top eight and 11 top 24 finishes, with the women’s team placing 9th overall and the men’s team placing 44th. The event, the highest level of competition for YMCA teams, was held April 4-8th at the Greensboro Aquatic Center and ACC headquarters.  

Sarah Davis, 17, broke her own team record in the Women’s 50 Freestyle during the preliminary rounds with a time of 23.46 sec. Davis also placed 21st in the 100 Free with a time of 51.58. Marlise Moesch placed 5th overall in the 100 free, 15th in the 200 Free with a time of 1:50.38 and 21st in both the 50 Free (23.69) and 100 Butterfly (56.26). Monika Burzynski placed 5th in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 54.35 and 17th in the 200 Butterfly with a time of 2:02.13. Darlene Fung placed 14th in the 50 Freestyle (23.59), 19th in the 100 Butterfly with a time of 56.22 and 24th in the 100 free with a time of 52.10. 

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The women’s relay teams scored four top 11 or better finishes with double 3rd places finishes in the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays from teams composed of Fung, Davis, Burzynski and Amanda Banasiak for the 200 Free with a time of 1:33.78 and Moesch, Burzynski, Davis and Rachel Maizes in the 400 Free Relay (3:24.70). Moesch, Maizes, Burzynski, and Davis placed 10th in the 400 Medley Relay (3:45.23).  Burzynski, Moesch, Maizes and Davis placed 11th overall in the 800 Free Relay with a time of 7:29.23. The women set team records in all four relays and a New Jersey state record in the 400 Medley Relay.

In men’s events, FSPY swimmer Chris Bondarowicz experienced an emotional and physical rollercoaster due to health issues necessitating multiple trips to the urgent care clinic and emergency room, only to recover and place 7th overall in the 100 Breaststroke with a time of 57.33 on the 3rd day of competition. Josh Cohen, a freshman at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, placed 19th in the 500 Freestyle with a time of 4:37.16 and 23rd in the 1000 Free with a time of 9:33.59.

“I am very proud of our swimmers who competed at YMCA Nationals. Their hard work and commitment to the sport paid off in numerous top 16 finishes as well as personal breakthroughs. I am excited to start our spring training and preparation for long course Nationals at the end of July,” said Chris Karelus, head FSPY coach.

All of the FSPY national team swimmers met qualifying time standards to compete at this meet. Among those attending their first national championships were:

  • Zachary Kronheimer,
  • DeeDee Maizes,
  • Alan Shao.

Returning Nationals swimmers included:

  • Eric Chang,
  • Kevin Fleck,
  • Erika Frazier,
  • Nick Giardiello,
  • Nick Heath,
  • Nolan Kearns,
  • Brody Rash,
  • Macie Schaper,
  • Mike Spark,
  • Julie Stankiewicz. is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP.

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