(Gabby Mine is a junior at South Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto South Plainfield.)

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The 2016-2017 season was one of broken records and individual accomplishments for members of South Plainfield High School’s (SPHS) Varsity Swim Team. While the co-ed team may have lost more competitions than they hoped to this season, the swimmers have shown personal growth and success.

“This season we had a lot of underclassmen, which really gave our team some depth, but we also had a lot of improvement,” said SPHS finance teacher and coach Thomas Conneely. “Some of our returning swimmers have surpassed many of their personal records.”

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This year, sophomore Alyza Zigga broke an all-time school record in the 200-yard Individual Medley with a time of 2:23.34. Additionally, junior Grace Sesta had the fastest 500-yard freestyle time, at 6:52.69 and junior Michael Stanczak’s time of 26.65 has him currently holding the record for the fastest 50-yard freestyle currently.

The team, which is led by senior captains Greg Forbes and Anthony Doan, practices five days a week at the Jewish Community Center, in Edison. Meets are held once sometimes twice a week, with swimmers going head-to- head against students from Perth Amboy, Princeton, Edison and other area schools.

SPHS Swim Team took part in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC’s) at the YMCA in Perth Amboy this past weekend; the team’s 2016-2017 season will conclude in the beginning of February.

“I hope to continue working hard and one day win our division again,” said Conneely.

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