PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA swim team had a strong showing at the 2017 YMCA Bronze Championship Meet held on February 12-13 at The Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy. The two-day event was open to swimmers with qualifying “Bronze” times from 16 Ys across Northern Jersey. FSPY swimmers, ages 9-18, battled 16 teams from North Jersey area Ys, and ended up placing more than 30 swimmers in the top 16 of their respective events.

9-10 age group
The 9-10 FSPY boys were led by Corey Calderone (2nd, 100 Breast; 15th,100 Free; 9th, 50 Fly; 6th, 50 Free). Ari Rabinovich (12th, 100 Breast; 3rd, 100 Fly; 5th, 200 IM) and Anthony Guan (7th, 100 Back).

The girls were equally impressive in the 9-10 division with Hannah Alber leading the way for her group. Alber placed in the top 16 for 5 events: (3rd, 100 Back; 14th, 100 IM; 12th, 50 Back; 2nd, 50 Free; 5th, 100 Free). Five other girls also had strong showings for FSPY: Phoebe Kaplan (5th, 100 Breast), Keira Kaminskas (16th, 100), Lily Gaulin (9th,100 Fly), Sophia Yalcin (14th, 50 Breast) and Carolyn Joe (6th, 100 Free).

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11-12 age group
Bradley Frank swam his way to victory twice, winning the 50 & 100 Back, plus showed versatility with strong performances in the 100 Breast (2nd), 50 Breast (2nd), and 50 Fly (3rd). Alex Nowak also took home top honors, touching first in the 100 Fly. Scoring points for FSPY in multiple events were Thomas Yick (5th in both the 50 and 100 Free; 8th, 100 Breast) and Jack Perreault (11th, 100 Back; 12th 50 Back; 13th 50 Fly). Will Sullivan was also a top-16 finisher in the 100 Breast, finishing in 14th.

For the 11-12 girls, five swimmers (Bridget Davis, Avery Higinbotham, Alex Moore, Chloe Burfeindt and Jessica Rojek) were multiple top-16 finishers. Davis took 6th in the 100 Back, and 7th in the 200 IM.  Higinbotham performed well in the same events (100 Back/ 200 IM; 13th/8th respectively) while Burfeindt was 11th in the 100 Back and 8th in the 50 Free. Moore finished 13th in both the 50 Back and 50 Free events while Rojek shined in her 50 & 100 Breast swims, taking 8th and 14th, respectively. Sarah Phillips also posted points for FSPY in the 50 Back race, finishing 12th. Julianna Warren had a super swim to take 11th in the 200 IM, while Molly Brennan placed 16th in the 100 Fly with a best time.

13-14 age group
Jason Mongiovi
starred for the boys 13-14 squad, placing in the top 16 in all 6 of his events, with victories in the 100 Fly and 200 Breast as well as two 3rd place finishes in the 200 Back and 200 IM, a 9th in the 100 Breast, and 11th in the 200 Free. Joshua Schwartz and Spencer Linenberg were multiple award winners as well. Schwartz took 10th in both the 200 IM and 100 Free and also finished 15th in 200 Free. Linenberg took 8th and 10th in the 200 Breast & Back. Owen Ferrone added a strong swim in the 100 Fly to take 4th.

Isabella Betman led the 13-14 girls, also securing 6 top-16 finishes. Betman took home a 4th place (50 Free), two 5th places (100/200 Back), a 6th Place (100 Free) and an 11th and 12th place (200 Free/200 IM). Rebecca Ronnen touched first in the 200 Breast and 6thin the 100 Breast while Sylvia Rozalski was among the top 16 in 3 events: 200 Back (2nd), 100 Back (10th) and 100 Free (15th). Angela Panikiewsky was the overall winner in the 200 Fly while Aislinn Mooney finished 5th  in the 200 Back and Maddie Sullivan took 14th in the 100 Breast.

15-18 age group
Garrison Chura and Virendra Ghate were the standouts for the boys’ 15-18 squad. Chura took first in the 200 Back but also swam well in the 200 Free (4th), 50 Free (8th) and 100 Free (13th). Ghate was the 3rd FSPY swimmer of the meet to place in the top 16 for all 6 of his events, as he took 5th in the 100 Breast, 6th in the 200 IM, 11th in the 100 Fly, 14th in the 200 Free, and 15th in the 100 Free.

For the 15-18 girls, Hannah Davis (1st, 100 Fly; 2nd, 100 Free; 8th , 200 Free; and 11th, 100 Back) and Ellie Richard (2nd , 200 Free; 8th, 200 IM; 9th, 100 Free;13th, 100 Fly; and 15th, 50 Free) were top point scorers, while Nina Paradiso (4th, 100 Fly; 9th, 200 Breast; 8th, 200 Back; 12th , 200 IM; and 16th , 200 Free) and Aubrey Bagdonas (9th, 200 Back; 13th, 100 Back and 14th, 50 Free) had several top-16 finishes to contribute to the FSPY point total.

The FSPY relay teams all did very well over the two days of strong competition. In five different relay events, FSPY was among the top 3 teams to finish. The high point of the relays was when the 13-14 boys team of Mongiovi, Linenberg, Schwartz and Akhil Gundra were crowned champions of the 200 Medley Relay event. 

The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, call the Y at (908) 889-8880 or visit www.fspymca.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify. 

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