FSPY Girls White Team Defeats Gateway Family YMCA


RAHWAY, NJ --  In its fifth dual meet of the season, the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (FSPY) Girls “white” team defeated the Gateway Family YMCA (GFY) at the latter’s Rahway branch on January 14.

Individual Medley (IM) events

FSPY’s 9-10 girls kicked off the meet with first and third place finishes when Brooke Labarge won the 100 individual medley (IM) and teammate Phoebe Kaplan took third. The 11-12 girls swept the 200 IM when Katelyn Gaulin, Molly Brennan and Anna Linenberg placed first, second and third, respectively. Emma Route and Louisa Sperrazza claimed first and second place, respectively, for the girls 13-14 200 IM, while Aubrey Bagdonas, Natalie Edman and Ana Kobori came in 1, 2, and 3 in the girls 15-18 200 IM race.

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Freestyle events

In the girls 8/under 50 yard freestyle, Jamie Trela touched for third. Kate Labarge placed first in the 9-10 girls 100 freestyle event while teammate Sophia Yalcin came in third. The FSPY 11-12 girls took the top three spots in the 100 yard freestyle when Avery Higinbotham, Alex Moore and Sarah Phillips placed first, second and third, respectively. The 13-14 girls also dominated their freestyle event with Julia Yick, Hope Best and Amaya Wilkerson coming in 1, 2 and 3 in the 200. Maya Grantz, Hannah Davis and Nina Paradiso continued the winning streak by taking first, second and third, respectively in the 15-18 200 freestyle race.

Breaststroke events

FSPY Girls white dominated the meet’s breaststroke races, starting with 8/unders Amy Jiang and Lexi Baglien winning first and second place in the 25 yard breaststroke event. Brooke Labarge won the 9-10 50 breaststroke race, and Elaina Yick took third. Katelyn Gaulin, Jessica Rojek and Reagan Hickey came in first, second and third, respectively in the 11-12 50 breaststroke, while teammates Aislinn Mooney, Lily Holston and Amaya Wilkerson took the top three spots in the 13-14 100 breaststroke. In the 15-18 100 breaststroke, the trio of Ana Kobori, Natalie Edman and Hannah Crisafulli placed first, second and third as well.

Backstroke events

Sophia-Francesca Isleta started off the backstroke events with a second place finish in the 8/under 25 backstroke race. Kate Labarge and Sophia Yalcin took second and third in the 9-10 50 backstroke event, while Alex Moore, Avery Higinbotham and Sarah Phillips swept the top three spots in the 11-12 50 backstroke race. Hope Best placed first in the 13-14 100 backstroke event, and Louisa Sperrazza took second and Angela Tramontana finished third. In the 15-18 100 backstroke, Maya Grantz, Hannah Davis and Isha Rai came in 1, 2 and 3.

Butterfly events

In the 8/under 25 butterfly, Amy Jiang placed third, while in the 9-10 50 butterfly, Phoebe Kaplan and Kayla Kerr placed second and third, respectively. Anna Linenberg won the 11-12 50 yard butterfly, and teammates Molly Brennan and Jessica Rojek came in second and third. Emma Route, Faith Best and Julia Yick swept the 13-14 100 butterfly. Nina Paradiso and Aubrey Bagdonas took first and second in the grueling 15-18 girls 200 butterfly.

Medley Relays

The FSPY girls 8/under team of Amelia Nath, Jamie Trela, Sophia Francesca Isleta and Ella Lin won their 100 yard medley relay event. Sophia Yalcin, Phoebe Kaplan, Brooke Labarge and Kate Labarge won the 9-10 200 yard medley relay, while Elorie Howell, Lindsay Trela, Lily Gaulin and Kayla Kerr came in second in the event.  For the 11-12 girls 200 yard medley relay, Sarah Phillips, Katelyn Gaulin, Anna Linenberg and Avery Higinbotham took first while Alex Moore, Reagan Hickey, Molly Brennan and Jessica Rojek took second. FSPY girls extended their wins in the 13-14 relay event when Emma Route, Aislinn Mooney, Lily Holston and Hope Best placed first and Louisa Sperrazza, Amaya Wilkerson, Angela Tramontana and Faith Best placed second. In the 15-18 relay events, the team of Isha Rai, Hannah Crisafulli, Ana Kobori and Nina Paradiso claimed first, and Aubrey Bagdonas, Natalie Edman, Maya Grantz and Hannah Davis took second.

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