Millburn Swimmers Take 29 Top-Three Spots
A recap of the Division 2 Championships in Verona.
Millburn swimmers showed off their swimming skills at the Division 2 Championships in Verona last week, taking 29 top-three finals throughout the meet.
Ben Lin and Allen Zhu led Millburn boys team with three wins each. The boys aren't the only ones took home the pride of winning, on July 23. Kate Madrawski and Zoe Segal were both double winners and picked up second place in their third swims.
Lin picked up titles in the Boys 13 and Over 100-meter IM (1:04.01), the Boys 15-19 50-meter Freestyle (25.55), and the Boys 15-19 50 Meter Butterfly (27.15), while Zhu emerged victorious in the Boys 9-10 25-meter Freestyle (14.84), Boys 9-10 25-meter Breaststroke (21.38), and Boys 9-10 25 Meter Butterfly (21.38).
Madrawski grabbed two individual blue ribbons in winning the Girls 9-10 25-meter Freestyle (15.42) and Girls 9-10 25-meter Backstroke (18.75) and leading off the Girls 12 and Under 100-meter Freestyle Relay on the way to their second place finish (1:15.79). Segal secured titles in the Girls 8 and Under 25-meter Freestyle (18.31) and the Girls 8 and Under 25 Meter Breaststroke (25.77) and finished a close second (only .16 behind the winner) in the Girls 8 & Under 25 Meter Backstroke (23.08).
Millburn’s final three first place efforts were turned in by a veteran, a rookie and a team effort. Evie Schott won the first event of the day in out-swimming everyone in the Girls 12 and Under 100-meter IM (1:22.69), before grabbing two second place ribbons in the Girls 11-12 50-meter Freestyle (31.74) and Girls 11-12 50-meter Breaststroke (41.13).
Eight-year-old Margaret Zhu snagged gold in the Girls 8 & Under 25-meter Butterfly (22.71) and added a second as part of Coed 8 & Under 100-meter Freestyle Relay (1:33.75) along with Sebastian Tham, Jeffrey Ho and Megan Bowen.
The Boys 12 and Under 100-meter freestyle relay team of Kyle Yih, Mark Madrawski, Justin Mon, Sterling Kinsale nearly bookended Schott’s victory by nabbing the title in the second to last event of the day (1.06.79), while the Girls 12 & Under 100-meter Freestyle Relay team of Kate Madrawski, Amy Madrawski, Essie Pasternak, Sarah Yih hung on for a second place finish (1:15.79).
In addition to Kyle Yih’s relay win, it was only teammate Allen Zhu that could keep Yih off the top step of the podium. Yih finished second in the Boys 9-10 25-meter Freestyle (14.91) and Boys 9-10 25-meter Butterfly (17.95) before his relay win.
Emily Segal was not content to have little sister having all the fun and picked up three podium finishes of her own. Segal nabbed second in the Girls 9-10 25-meter Freestyle (15.50), and third in the Girls 9-10 25-meter Backstroke (20.10) and Girls 9-10 25-meter Breaststroke (22.51).
Jeffrey Ho also placed in multiple events, taking second in the Boys 8 & Under 25-meter Freestyle (20.39) and third in the Boys 8 and Under 25-meter Backstroke (27.12), and also swimming the second leg of the second place Coed 8 & Under 100-meter Freestyle Relay (1:06.79).
Eight-year-old Maya Gurung finished behind only teammate Zoe Segal in taking seocnd place in the Girls 8 and Under 25 Meter Breaststroke (27.63) finishing almost 3 seconds ahead of the third place swimmer.
Three Millburn boys representing the whole age span picked up individual third place finishes. 7-year-old Anirudh Khandrika placed third in the Boys 8 and Under 25 Meter Breaststroke (31.52), 12-year old Justin Mon was a convincing third in the Boys 12 and Under 100 Meter IM (1:27.19) and 17-year-old Jonas Singer finished just .06 out of second place in picking up third in the Boys 15-19 50 Meter Backstroke (34.75).