Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA Swim Team Championship Season Officially Underway
The Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA (“FSPY”) swim team championship season got officially underway with the New Jersey YMCA 8 & Under Championship meet on Sunday, February 5, 2012. The 18 girls and 9 boys from FSPY took to the pool at Raritan Bay YMCA competing against young swimmers from 30 other Y’s across the state. The day was a success with 11 individual top 16 finishes overall and many personal best times.
The girls meet kicked off with the FSPY 7 & Under Medley Relay squad of Morgan Tsin, Abigail DiGiorgio, Lily Dimon and Elle Priesing placing 2nd overall in a field of 23. In individual events, DiGiorgio took first place in both the 25 Free and 25 Breast and finished 9th in 25 Fly. Tsin placed 8th in the 25 Breast and Dimon took 13th in the 25 Free, while Priesing took 10th in 25 Back and 11th in the 25 Free. The girls session ended with a 3rd place finish for the Girls 7 & Under 100 Free Relay team.
The boys 7 & Under Medley Relay team of Brandon Cortez, Richard Panikiewsky, Owen Higinbotham and Alex Nowak secured 7th place, while the freestyle relay team of Cortez, Panikiewsky, James Sullivan and Higinbotham took 8th to finish the afternoon boy’s session. Cortez attained two top 10 finishes, placing 8th in the 25 Free and 9th in the 25 Back, while Higinbotham took 10th in the 25 Back. Over the course of the day, seven FSPY 8 year-olds successfully competed in the 100 yard Individual Medley (Claire English, Meghan Lambert, Sean Merkle, Angela Panikiewsky, Brianna Phelan, Emma Route and Abigail Ryan), demonstrating their improvement in all four strokes. Overall, the FSPY 8 and under team attained 30 best-time finishes, a great way to cap off a successful season.
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. For information on membership or programs, or to request a schedule of classes, please call the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA at (908) 889-8880 or visit the Y’s website at www.fanwoodscotchplainsymca.org. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.