FSPY Rises at Winter Splash Invitational Meet

Abigail DiGeorgio Credits: File photo by John Mooney
Aidan Trenery Credits: File photo by John Mooney
Corey He and Chris Karelas Credits: File photo by John Mooney
Josh Cohen Credits: File photo by John Mooney

PERTH AMBOY, NJ -- The Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA swim team competed in the Winter Splash invitational meet at Raritan Bay YMCA in Perth Amboy, racking up a host of impressive races and times during the two-day event. The meet, which was hosted by the Red Bank YMCA, proceeded undeterred by the snow that fell in the area.

In girls 10&under 50 freestyle event, Victoria Gee placed fifth, and Owen Waibel won the boys 10&under 50 freestyle race. FSPY’s 11-12 boys dominated the 50 freestyle with Darien Betances and Corey He going 1-2, respectively. Matthew Chen finished fourth in the boys 13-14 50 freestyle event. FSPY’s 15-18 girls also had a strong showing in the 50 freestyle with Marlise Moesch taking the top spot. Julian Park took fifth place in the boys 15-18 50 freestyle.

Owen Waibel placed third in the boys 10&under 100 freestyle. FSPY girls swept the top five spots in the 11-12 100 freestyle. Abigail DiGiorgio, Nicole Ben-David, Julia Bonhote, Lily Hughes and Elle Priesing finished 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, respectively. Dylan Negron finished fourth in the 11-12 boys 100 freestyle race. Darlene Fung placed second in the girls 15-18 100 freestyle race. FSPY’s 15-18 boys nearly swept the tops spots in their 100 freestyle race. John Piccinic touched for second place and was followed by Zachary Kronheimer in third, Logan D’Amore in fourth and Eric Chang in fifth.

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Ryan Jawor won the boys 10&under 200 freestyle event. Chloe Howell came in second and Abigail DiGiorgio placed fifth in the 11-12 girls 200 freestyle event. Corey He claimed the top spot in the boys 11-12 200 freestyle event. Bree Dy clinched fourth place in the girls 13-14 200 freestyle race. FSPY’s Darlene Fung took first place in the girls 15-18 200 freestyle and teammates Josh Cohen and Alan Shao came in first and second in the boys 15-18 200 freestyle event.

FSPY’s 10&under girls started off the breaststroke with first and second place finishes when Paulina Nowak and Haley Oliver came in 1-2, respectively. Owen Waibel and Tyler McGeehan also finished first and second, respectively, in the boys 10&under boys 50 breaststroke. Abigail DoGiorgio and Katherine Li placed first and fourth in the girls 11-12 50 breaststroke race, while Darien Betances won the boys 11-12 event.

In the 10&under 100 breaststroke event, Owen Waibel took second and teammate Tyler McGeehan took fourth. Abigail Digiorgio and Katherine Li again took top spots when they placed first and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke. FSPY 11-12 boys Corey He, Aidan Trenery and Brandon Cortez finished second, third and fourth respectively in the 100 breaststroke. William Yu placed third in the boys 13-14 100 breaststroke race.  Darlene Fung won the girls 15-18 100 breaststroke event.

Meanwhile, Victoria Gee placed second in the 10&under girls 200 breaststroke race. Chloe Howell placed third in the girls 11-12 200 breaststroke while Darien Betances, Corey He and Aidan Trenery finished 1, 3 and 5 in the boys 11-12 200 breaststroke event. In the 15-18 200 breaststroke, Darlene Fung took third for the girls.

In the 10&under girls 50 backstroke event, Haley Oliver took second place and Victoria Gee finished fifth while Brandon Calderone placed fifth in the boys 10&under 50 backstroke. Elle Priesing took fourth in the girls 11-12 50 backstroke, and Betances won the boys 11-12 50 backstroke. In the 15-18 girls 100 backstroke race, Darlene Fung placed third, followed by teammates Marlise Moesch and Erika Frazier, who finished fourth and fifth. Josh Cohen took second in the boys 15-18 100 backstroke event.

In the 200 backstroke race, Lily Hughes placed fourth in the 11-12 girls event, and Corey He and Aidan Trenery finished third and fourth respectively for the 11-12 boys event. Michelle Kong took fifth in the girls 13-14 200 backstroke race, while Marlise Moesch came in second in the girls 15-18 200 event.

In the 50 butterfly races, Haley Oliver and Owen Waibel both finished fourth in the 10&under girls and boys races, respectively. In the girls 11-12 50 butterfly, Abigail DiGiorgio took fifth. Betances won the 11-12 50 butterfly event while Cameron Linenberg placed fourth. In the 10&under 100 butterfly, Evan Weber took second place. Chloe Howell placed fifth in the 11-12 girls 100 butterfly, and Aidan Trenery placed second in the 11-12 boys 100 butterfly. Erika Frazier came in second in the girls 15-18 100 butterfly race, and Josh Cohen and Eric Chang placed second and fifth, respectively, in the boys 15-18 100 butterfly race. He and Trenery went 1-2 in the 11-12 boys 200 yard butterfly. Meanwhile, in the 15-18 girls 200 butterfly race, Darlene Fung took second, and in the boys 15-18 200 butterfly Cohen took fourth.

Jawor and Weber placed third and fourth in the 10&under 100 IM, or individual medley. DiGiorgio placed fourth in the 11-12 girls 100 IM, while Richard Park won the boys 11-12 IM race. Lily Hughes placed second in the 11-12 girls 200 IM race, while Betances and Park took the top two spots in the 11-12 boys 200 IM race. Matthew Chen tied for third in the 13-14 boys 400 IM event. Ellie Richard took third place in the 15-18 girls 400 IM.

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