PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA swim team made a strong showing at the 2018 YMCA Bronze Championship Meet held on February 10-11 at the Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy, with the FSPY Girls taking First Place Overall at the meet.
The two-day event was open to swimmers with qualifying “Bronze” times from 16 Ys across Northern New Jersey. Over 50 FSPY swimmers, aged 9-18, scored points for their team by placing in the top 16.
Keira St. John touched 1st in the 50 Fly, 3rd in the 100 Breast, and 7th in the 50 Back. Shwetha Venkatesh was 2nd in the 100 IM and 8th in the 50 Back. Briana Li placed 3rd in the 100 Back and 5th in the 100 Free. Caroline Lowder was 3rd in the 100 Free, 7th in the 100 Breast, and 8th in the 100 Back. Sophia Yalcin placed 6th in the 100 Back. The 9-10 FSPY boys were led by Kyle Miller, who placed 2nd in the 100 Free and 3rd in the 50 Free. Other top 8 Boys swimmers included: Atharv Dwivedi (7th, 100 Breast; 8th , 100 Back), Douglas Gee (5th, 200 IM; 8th, 50 Back) and Tyson Moose (5th, 100 IM).
Claire Kim was 1st in the 100 Free, 3rd in the 100 IM, and 4th in the 100 Fly. Brooke LaBarge was 1st in the 50 Free, 4th in the 100 IM and 50 Fly. Hannah Alber touched 1st in the 50 Breast and placed 8th in the 100 Breast. Caitlyn Falkowski was 2nd in the 50 Breast, 6th in the 100 Breast, and 7th in the 100 IM, 200 IM, and 100 Back. Leanne Dailey was 3rd in the 200 IM and 8th in the 50 Back. Isabella Rovito placed 3rd in the 50 Breast and 6th in the 100 Fly. Other top finishers included: Grace Best (6th, 200 IM), Carolyn Joe (6th, 100 Free), and Paulina Nowak (5th , 200 IM and 50 Free). For the boys, Ian Dinesh touched 2nd in the 200 IM and 4th in the 100 Fly. Will Sullivan was 3rd in the 50 Free and 50 Fly. Other top 8 finishers for the boys included: Kyle Karyczak (6th, 100 Breast; 7th, 100 Free; 8th 100 IM) and Alex Romej (6th, 50 Breast).
Avery Higinbotham led for the 13/14 Girls coming in 2nd in the 200 Breast and 4th in the 200 IM. Angela Panikiewsky placed 6th in the 100 Fly with Julianna Warren touching 8th in that event. For the boys, Owen Ferrone placed 4th in the 100 Back and 200 Free. James Sullivan was 7th in the 50 Free.
Hannah Davis was 1st in the 100 Fly and 3rd in the 200 Free. Nina Paradiso touched 1st in the 200 Fly. Nicole Kenny was 2nd in the 200 Fly and 200 Back, 6th in the 50 Free, and 8th in the 100 Free. Sylvia Rozalski was 2nd in the 50 Free, 3rd in the 200 Fly, and 7th in the 200 Free. Other top finishers included: Aubrey Bagdonas (5th, 100 Breast; 6th, 100 Fly and 100 Back; 8th, 50 Free and 200 Back) and Lara Espiritu (8th, 200 IM). Kieran Scanlon touched 3rd in the 100 Fly and 4th in the 100 Back for the boys. Spencer Linenberg was 5th in the 200 Breast.
In the exciting relay events, the following teams touched 1st: 9/10 Girls 200 Free Relay (St. John, Yalcin, Amelia Condell, Lowder), 11/12 Girls 200 Medley (Veronica Parzych, Nowak, Jessica Markwant, Kim), 11/12 Boys 200 Medley (Karyczak, Sullivan, Dinesh, Sohem Rai) and the 15-18 Girls 200 Free (Rozalski, Kenny, Bagdonas, Davis).
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