EAST MEADOW, NY -- The Fanwood-Scotch Plains (“FSPY”) swim team took home the first place trophy for the third year in a row at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow, Long Island. The local swimmers compete against 16 other teams from New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut in the MRCIY Holiday Classic from December 9-11, 2016. 

At the end of the long weekend of competition, FSPY scored 4,628 points with every age group contributing. Showing both their strength and their depth, FSPY ended the meet with 5 High Point age group winners as well as 72 team members contributing top-16 points to the overall team victory.

In addition, FSPY was the highest scorer in all of the following age groups:  8 and Under Girls, 9/10 Girls, 11/12 Boys, 15/18 Girls, and 15/18 Boys.  FSPY groups placing second were:  8 and Under Boys, 9/10 Boys, and 13/14 Girls. 

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FSPY High Point Individual Winners were: 

  • Aaron Frank – 8 and Under Boys;
  • Billie Rose Sherratt – 9/10 Girls;
  • Darien Betances – 11/12 Boys;
  • Monika Burzynski – 15/18 Girls;
  • Josh Cohen – 15/18 Boys.

FSPY Swimmers awarded 2nd place for High Points were: 

  • Corey He – 11/12 Boys;
  • Julie Stankiewicz – 15/18 Girls;  
  • Chris Bondarowicz – 15/18 Boys. 

In individual events, first place winners also included: Normandie Beversluis, Abby DiGiorgio, Darlene Fung, Marcelina Krowinska, Rachel Maizes, Alan Shao, and Vivian Yu. 

Additional “top five” finishers included:  Jenna Aldana, Eric Chang, Matthew Chen, Amelia Condell, Logan D’Amore,  Anna Dunchus, Bree Dy, Caitlyn Falkowski, Erika Frazier, Victoria Gee, Lily Hughes, Ryan Jawor, Laura Kim, Michelle Kong, Jeremy Kronheimer, Martha Lewand, Dee Dee Maizes,  Jennifer Markwant, Harrison McClure, Tyler McGeehan, Zach McGeehan, Diane-Jane Ngumah, Fiona Rovito, Macie Schaper,  Hirad Sharifian, Rachel Small, and Aidan Trenery.   

The 8/Under Girls 100 Medley and 100 Free Relay of Beversluis, Rovito, Yu and Condell placed first in both events.  The Boys 11/12 Free and Medley Relays of He, Betances, Hirad Sharifian, and Aidan Trenery placed first.  The 13/14 Girls Free Relay also touched first.  The 15/18 200 Medley Relay of Erika Frazier, R. Maizes, Burzynski and Fung and the 15/18 200 Free Relay of R. Maizes, Burzynski, DeeDee Maizes and Fung placed first as well. 

“From our 8 and unders all the way up to our 15/18s, our team had outstanding efforts in the pool as well as team support and camaraderie on the pool deck," said Head Coach Chris Karelus.

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