Sports

Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week: Girls Swimming 200 Medley Relay Team

58ed8ea51b039e3ea58e_MOC1_-_girls_celebrate.JPG
The Raiders 200 Medley Relay team of Erika Frazier (Backstroke), Rachel Maizes (Breaststroke), Stephanie Judge (Butterfly), and DeeDee Maizes (Freestyle) are this week's Yeti MMA Athletes of the Week. Credits: Cindy Clancy Warren
95af9ebfc58657fa94d6_MOC1_Stephanie.JPG
Stephanie Judge jumps for the Butterfly leg of the 200 Medley Relay. Credits: Cindy Clancy Warren
79b03aab5a906bfa44b8_4c8f3d086879a4fc036d_DeeDee_Maizes_and_Caroline_Warren.JPG
DeeDee Maizes (left) and Caroline Warren Credits: File photo by John Mooney
e5afc4706a9cd7338118_MOC1_-_Jess_and_Sharkey.JPG
Coach Jess Hulnik and Judy Sharkey talk with their team before the start of the 200 Medley Relay at the Meet of Champions on Sunday. Credits: Cindy Clancy Warren
c2d049bc5c95c7b96701_IMG_3387.JPG
Swimming's Stephanie Judge will swim for the University of Massachusetts next year. Credits: Matt Kipp
ecd7b121d00152bff95a_Erica_Fraizer_file_photo.JPG
Erica Frazier Credits: John Mooney
db2539323d00e834d1d4_Rachel_Maizes_file_photo_12-12-16.JPG
Rachel Maizes Credits: John Mooney
3d91be7f999fe19b6b42_1-10-17_girls_breast_winner.JPG
Rachel Maizes is part of the 200 medley team that was victorious at the Meet of Champions. Credits: John Mooney
dd58c95bf52367a7dd6b_MOC1_win.JPG
Coach Judy Sharkey with arms raised cheers for the winning 200 Medley Relay team. Credits: Cindy Clancy Warren
58ed8ea51b039e3ea58e_MOC1_-_girls_celebrate.JPG

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls’ swimming team made waves in the pool this week, when the girls’ relay team took home a somewhat unlikely repeat victory in the 200 Medley at the Meet of Champions in Sewell on Sunday. The team, consisting of senior Stephanie Judge and juniors Erika Frazier and Rachel and DeeDee Maizes, is this week’s selection for the Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week.

Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls’ team matched up against other elite relay teams such as Morristown, Pingry, Ocean City and rival Westfield. The Raiders team of Erika Frazier (Backstroke), Rachel Maizes (Breaststroke), Stephanie Judge (Butterfly), and DeeDee Maizes (Freestyle) tied Mendham's foursome of Kate Alexy, Sarah Daly, Mary Laurita and Kathleen Kemp to win the 200 Medley with a time of 1:46.67.

Although the girls were the defending champions in the event, the repeat was something of a surprise because the relay team had a disappointing seventh place finish in the semifinals, which meant that they had to swim in Lane 1. (The fastest qualifying swimmers usually are placed in the center lanes.)

Sign Up for E-News

"I'm so proud of how the girls not only came back to win from an outside lane, but even more proud of how they pushed through to earn a top 8 spot for finals after a slip on the start in prelims," said Scotch Plains-Fanwood swim coach Jess Hulnik. "All four of those swimmers could have easily given up on Saturday, but they didn't and they put themselves in a position to win it on Sunday."

The Meet of Champions victory was also the last time the lady Raiders will compete in the pool this season — a very successful one, at that. The team finished as Union County champions and sectional finalists with a 14-2 record. With another successful season in the books and big victories, especially in this week’s Meet of Champions, the Lady Raiders swim team continues to build its case as one of the school’s most consistently successful sports programs while also adding to the respect it has garnered across the state. 

"Last race as a Lady Raider, and we win the medley relay for the 2nd year in a row!! Thanks for giving me the best four years, Raider swimming," senior Stephanie Judge, a previous Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week, posted on Twittter. (Judge will swim at UMASS next year.)

Each Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week honoree is invited to submit an essay entitled, "What It Means to Be a Student-Athlete." The winning submission will receive a $1,000 TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA scholarship in June 2017.

The Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Yeti MMA and its owner, David Martin. Located at 2507 Route 22 West in Scotch Plains (next to Bowcraft), the facility offers training in a variety of disciplines: boxing, kickboxing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, Muay Thai, wrestling, and strength training. Call (908) 858-5558 and mention the TAPintoSPF-Yeti MMA Athlete of the Week and get a 15% discount on a one-year membership. For more information, email info@yetimma.com.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield High School Sophomore Dies; Counselors on Hand at School

June 19, 2018

WESTFIELD, NJ — Carthoris “Carter” Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High School, died Sunday night, according to Westfield Public Schools and a letter sent to parents by Principal Dr. Derrick Nelson.

“Words cannot convey the grief we feel in the Westfield Public Schools community over the death of Carthoris ‘Carter’ Uziel, a sophomore at Westfield High ...

Let's Talk About Suicide

In our world today, it seems our children, no matter the town, state, education, family unit, socioeconomic background, ethnicity or religion are grappling with complex, confounding and complicated issues not even fit for a middle-aged adult. Sadly, one of these issues is suicide. With mental health gaining more attention, the stigma appears to be dissipating but when a mental health ...

Is Summer Camp the Right Choice for My Child?

Is your child attending camp this summer? Is it their first experience away?  If yes, it can be an experience causing anxiety for you, for the parent and the child. 

This experience can be frightening to your child if it is their first time and it is so important that they do not see your worry or anxiety about leaving home for the first time… especially if it is sleep ...

What Are The Warning Signs of Suicide

The recent passings of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain remind us to take mental illness seriously. 

Many of us feel uncomfortable to ask when someone in distress is suicidal for fear we are putting this thought in their minds. This is not true. It is a myth that asking about suicide increases the risk of suicide. The most common mental illness is depression. Some people are ...

Greatness

In honor of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's (of righteous memory) 24th  Yahrtzeit (anniversary of his passing) this coming Saturday the 16th.

Excerpts from an address given by Nobel-laureate Elie Wiesel on April 7, 1992, at a congressional dinner held in Washington on the occasion of the Rebbe's 90th birthday.

Some of you are aware of my admiration, not only ...

We Must Address The Unrealistic Affordable Housing Process Now

June 19, 2018

Dear Editor:

I would like to thank all the residents who attended and watched last Tuesday’s Town Hall meeting on over-development and legislative solutions with Assemblywoman Holly Schepisi and I. If you were unable to attend, I encourage you to watch the meeting on SPTV or the Township’s Facebook page at ().

The meeting was a real eye-opener for many of our residents. It ...

Westfield Day Care Center Celebrates 50 Years

June 20, 2018

Westfield, NJ — Westfield Day Care Center staff, parents and alumni celebrated the organization’s 50th anniversary at The Westwood in Garwood.

The evening was a jovial event which also included over 80+ tricky tray and auction items that came as donations from many local Westfield businesses.  The guests congregated around the items while enjoying cocktails and hors ...

Upcoming Events

Fri, June 22, 7:30 PM

Crossroads, Garwood

Benefit Concert

Giving Back

Mon, June 25, 9:00 AM

Terrill Road Baptist Chruch, Scotch Plains

LifeWay’s 2018 Vacation Bible School at Terrill ...

Religions And Spirituality

Carousel_image_2e8d9f350d4d75f38fc3_beads

Mon, July 9, 10:00 AM

Scotch Plains Public Library, Scotch Plains

Join the Summer Jewelry Making Club at the Scotch ...

Arts & Entertainment Health & Wellness Home & Garden