SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Although the Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swim team was unable to advance to the NJSIAA Sectional finals this week, swimmer Aislinn Mooney continued to prove herself as a force in the distance freestyle races. For her five victories in two Sectional meets this week, she is the Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athlete of the Week.
With several top swimmers recovering from illness and injury, the Raiders faced a Summit team beat them convincingly (108-62) in their previous meeting on Jan. 17. On Monday, Summit took the opening event, the 200 Medley Relay and seemed poised to jump ahead even further in the 200 Freestyle, which Hilltopper Dagny Donaldson won in January. Aislinn stayed with Donaldson and nipped her at the finish by one hundredth of a second (.01) to win the race. Later, the two would duel in the 500 Freestyle during which Aislinn staked an early lead and built upon it, eventually winning by 4.5 seconds. Just a few minutes later, she led off the 400 Freestyle Relay, which she and her teammates (Rachel Small, Lily Hughes, and Abby Ryan) won.
At the start of the weekend, on Friday, Feb. 7, in the quarterfinals of the Sectionals against Randolph, Aislinn touched first in the 100 Freestyle and was on the winning 200 Freestyle Relay (with Ryan, Sofia Leonetti, and Julia Bonhote). Prior to that, at the Union County Championships, she finished a surprising fourth in the 200 Freestyle and second in the 500 Freestyle, an epic, 20-lap battle with Union Catholic's Bridget Davis.
According to Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swim coach Jess Hulnik, the sophomore has exceeded expectations this season.
"She has been motoring. Aislinn has been consistent in every meet. Against Chatham and at the County tournament, she swam the 500 and then came back for the 400 Relay," Coach Hulnik told TAPintoSPF. "This year, she has become a 'go to' swimmer. She is fast and consistent; you love that as a coach. There's no guessing about what you're going to get out of her."
Aislinn is one of four Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swimmers -- along with Julia Bonhote, Lily Hughes, and Abby Ryan -- who will continue their seasons at the Meet of Champions, held Feb. 29 - March 1 at Gloucester County Institute of Technology in Sewell, NJ.
Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located across the street from the Stage House Tavern and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Joint Motion can be reached for an appointment by phone 908-322-3202, or email email@example.com. You can also learn more at www.facebook.com/JointMotionPT.
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373 Park Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ 07076
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