Swimmers Exceed Expectations at the Classic

In what has become the premier mid-season meet for the region’s finest swimmers, athletes from across New Jersey and as far away as Connecticut, Long Island, Massachusetts, and upstate New York converged on Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ for the 29thAnnual Holiday Classic, hosted by Eastern Express.

Just qualifying for this meet is notable.

Our 15 qualifying attendees had an amazing weekend. They competed against many teams with 30+ swimmers, some of who have been around for many years. Our 10 girls and 5 boys earned 216 points (up from 159 last season, and 112 points the season prior)- placing 21st out of about 50 teams. This crew brought our up-and-coming team much recognition with 13 appearances in Finals by Emily Haudek (100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Free, 200 Back); Jake Riva (50 Free, 100 Back, 100 Free, 200 Back); Emily Rothamel (1000 Free); and Sam Russell (50 Free, 100 Back, 100 Free, 100 Breast). They earned 19 top scoring places, including First Places by Abbey Gardner in both the 200 Free and 500 Free!

Jake Riva’s 100 Free time of :49.69 (achieved in Prelims AND Finals), ranks him as the 18th fastest 13 year-old boy in the country in this event! With her time of 5:19.95 in the 500 Free, Abbey Gardner is currently ranked 6th in the country for 11 year-olds! 

And there were a ton of other great swims, including 37 Career Best Times, proving these guys aren’t done getting faster. There were also 31 new YMCA State times, 25 new NJ Swimming Gold times, and even a YMCA National time!

A special congrats to Emily Haudek who earned another Nationals time, her 5th, in the 200 Free with a time of 1:54.96. She will be returning to the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina in April. We are very proud of her!

As if this wasn’t exciting enough, there were also 19 new Team Records set by JJ Kane (50 & 100 Fly); Abbey Gardner (50 Fly, 100 Free, 200 Free, 100 Back, 200 Fly, 400 IM, 500 Free); Jake Riva (50 Free, 100 Free, 100 Back, 200 Free, 200 Back); Sam Russell (100 Back, 100 Breast); Tanner Kronski (100 Breast); Emily Haudek (200 Free); and Emily Rothamel (1000 Free).

Congratulations to our swimmers, parents, and coaches on a simply incredible weekend!

For complete results, check out our Results Tab (must be logged in). We’ll have the PDF Results posted as soon as we receive them.