WESTFIELD, NJ — It was a clean sweep at the Westfield Area YMCA Thursday for the Westfield High School varsity girls swim team, as the Lady Blue Devils placed first in every contest against the resilient Elizabeth Minutemen to win 140-27.
“The whole team stepped up and pushed themselves to swim in different events, with many swimming admirable times,” senior captain Charlotte Perez said. “It was impressive to see how versatile our swimmers are.”
First up for Westfield was Marcelina Krowinska, who paced the race out of lane 3 and finished far out front with a time of 1:09.99.
Continuing the lane 3 luck next for the Blue Devils was Abigail McKinney, who came in first in the 100 Free with a time of 1:03.32.
In the team events, the 200 Medlay Relay team of Grace Cash, Amanda Pyle, Keeley Thompson, and Erin McAndrew outpaced fellow Westfield team of Emily Oster, Emma Conlon, Abigail McKinney, and Amy Liang by about a second and a half with a time of 2:09.69.
Elizabeth had one of their best finishes of the day in that contest, as Sarah Sosa, Margaret Martinez, Vanessa Roman and Katherine Naranjo came in third with a time of 2:20.53.
In the Freestyle Relays, Maya Grantz, Catherine Miller, Jenna Daniel, Emilia McCormack won the 200 (1:57.86) and Mary Weber, Emilia McCormack, Abigail Riordan, and Muriel Maloney won the 400 (4:21.33).
“We are going to move forward from this win and stay motivated and excited for big meets coming up in the next few week,” Perez said.
Closing out the individual events, Perez picked up a win in the 50 Freestyle (30.46), as did Ireland Applegarth in the 200 Individual Medley (2:41.99), Keeley Thompson in the 500 Freestyle (6:16.48), Betsy Penn in the 100 Backstroke (1:14.77) and Jenna Daniel in the 100 Breaststroke (1:18.59).
For Elizabeth, Sara Sosa, Lady Cabral, Diana Hernandez, and Giselle Negron picked up strong fourth place finishes.
“Our team is strong this year with a lot of depth and potential,” Perez said. “We are working hard to go far in the rest of our season and we have a lot of great meets in store for us.”
The Westfield girls will next take on Trinity Hall on Jan. 11.