BRANCHBURG, NJ -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains (FSPY) swim team’s youngest members turned in top results and fast times at the New Jersey YMCA 8 and under State Championship held February 4 at Raritan Valley Community College. Competing against 14 other Y teams from throughout the state, the meet capped off a season of hard work for FSPY’s swimmers.
In the girls events, FSPY’s 7/under relay team of Sophie Isleta, Fiona Rovito, Vivian Yu and Jennifer Markwant, took first place in the 7/under 100 medley relay. The team of Normandie Beversluis, Ashlyn D’Souza, Claire Sewald and Amelia Condell placed 4th in the 8/under 100 medley relay event.
Rovito placed 2nd in the 7/under 25 Breaststroke. Beversluis finished 3rd in the 8/under 50 freestyle event and 2nd in the 8/under 25 Backstroke. Yu took 2nd in the 7/under 50 Freestyle and 1st in the 7/under 25 Backstroke.
In the 7/under 25 Butterfly, Yu and Rovito finished 2nd and 4th, respectively.
Markwant, Isleta, Rovito and Yu also won the 7/under 100 Freestyle relay event, and Beversluis, Condell, Jamie Trela and D’Souza took 4th in their 8/under 100 Freestyle relay.
In the boys’ events, 7 year-olds Terry Gould, Sawyer Briamonte, Braden Michaels and Muhammed Sayani placed 2nd in both the 7/under 100 medley relay and the 100 Freestyle relay. In individual events, Michaels clinched 1st place in the 7/under 25 freestyle, 2nd in the 25 back, and 4th in the 25 Butterfly, while Briamonte came in 2nd in the 25 Breaststroke and 6th in the 25 Backstroke.
The 8 year-old boys relay team of Sean Stanik, Douglas Gee, Zac McGeehan and Aaron Frank took 1st in the 8/under 100 medley relay event, while the team of Tyson Moose, Matthew Iannotta, Luke Iannotta and Harrison McClure placed 5th. Stanik, Frank and Moose posted an impressive sweep of the top three spots in the 8/under 25 Freestyle. McGeehan took 1st in the 25 Breaststroke, with Gee clinching 6th. Frank and Stanik then placed 1-2, respectively, in the 50 Freestyle, with Moose finishing 5th. The 25 Backstroke saw another FSPY 1-2 finish, this time by Moose and Stanik, and McGeehan placed 6th in the 25 Butterfly.
The relay squad of Stanik, McClure, McGeehan and Frank took the top spot in the 100 Freestyle relay race. Frank also won the final event of the championship meet, the 8/under 100 Individual Medley.
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