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YFD Shines at Winter Champs!

Our winter championships have wrapped, and we want to send a huge congratulation to all the YFD swimmers! There were so many special performances in the pool, but even more fun was watching you all come together outside of the water.

We started off the month at the MIT Championships in Boston, Mass. YFD sent 57 swimmers to the meet, and we produced lifetime bests on a whopping 82% of our swims! As a team, YFD placed tenth overall moving up six spots from last year—way to go everyone!

Special shout out to Strahinja Maslo for taking the overall high-point award for 11-12 year-old boys after a monster meet. In the process, Strahinja broke five individual team records and contributed to two new relay records as well as winning four individual events (200/500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM).

All YFD record-breakers are listed below! Congrats guys!!

Strahinja Maslo: 11-12 Boys 200/500 Free, 100 Fly, 100/200 IM
Jagger Stachtiaris: 11-12 Boys 50/100 Back, 50 Fly
Kimberly Dutta: 15-18 Girls 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM
Dylan Hu: 13-14 Boys 200 Breast
Emily Weiss: 15-18 Girls 400 IM
Emilio Vicioso: 15-18 Boys 100 Breast
11-12 Girls 400 Free Relay: Ava Soldo, Ema Arslanovic, Nicole Chang, Gracie Lanning
11-12 Boys 200 Free Relay: Alexander Stewart, Jagger Stachtiaris, Quincy Topping, Strahinja Maslo
11-12 Boys 200 Medley Relay: Jagger Stachtiaris, Alexander Stewart, Strahinja Maslo, Quincy Topping
13-14 Boys 200 Free Relay: Dylan Hu, John Drumm, Kyle Malloy, Max Sellami
13-14 Boys 200 Medley Relay: William Bishop, Max Sellami, Kyle Malloy, Dylan Hu
13-14 Boys 400 Free Relay: Dylan Hu, Kyle Malloy, Skander Daghfous, Max Sellami

Furthermore, the following swimmers made finals:

Stella Anderson-50 Back
Arielle Aney-50/100/200 Free
Veronica Bandur-Rosen-100 Breast
William Bishop-200 Fly
Esme Blackstock-400 IM
Nicole Chang-50/100 Breast
Kimberly Dutta-100/200 Breast, 100 Fly, 200/400 IM
Nikolai Haridasan-50 Free, 200 IM
Dylan Hu-50/200 Free, 100/200 Breast, 200/400 IM
Rose Korff-50/100 Fly
Gracie Lanning-50/100 Free, 50/100 Breast, 50 Fly
Kyle Malloy-100/200 Fly, 100 Free
Strahinja Maslo-50/100/200 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Fly, 100/200 IM
Leila Paltrowitz-200 Breast, 200 Fly
Max Sellami-100/200 Breast, 200 IM
Jagger Stachtiaris-50/100/200 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 IM
Alexander Stewart-50/100 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Breast, 100/200 IM
Quincy Topping-50/100 Breast
Emilio Vicioso-100/200 Breast
Emily Weiss-100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM

Meanwhile in New York, our Age Group I and Junior I swimmers competed in two meets—the KBM Sprint Meet at Lehman College on Saturday, Dec. 8, and the FAST Annual Meet in White Plains on Sunday, Dec. 9. 

The KBM Sprint Meet naturally moved quickly and was action-packed. Every single YFD swimmer walked away with at least one best time! Way to go everyone! Special shout outs to Maria Spartioti (25 Free, 25 Breast) and Claire Healy (25 Fly) for placing first overall!

Swimmers placing in the top-8 were:
Sofia Bacidore, Eden Baron, Joshua Cho, Kathryn Cragg, Ella Franciscovich, Haillie Harden, Claire Healy, Lucas Kroft, Ingrid Mealli, Martha Moore, Arya Shah, Maria Spartioti, David Wolff.

The FAST Meet was a small, but fun meet that saw a ton of our swimmers place very high! That included triple-event winners in Jackson Wells-Wanlass (50 Free, 50 Back, and 50 Fly) and Lora Wu (25 Free, 25 Fly, 50 Breast). Nice swimming!!

Swimmers placing in the top-8 were:
Eden Baron, Kate Chamberlain, Emma Chavarria, Maya Clare, Ilene Cohen, Alexander DeStefano, Jayda Gilbert, Laila Gilbert, Haillie Harden, Rajan Kang, Salar Korangy, Veronica Kushnir, Olivia Lookstein, Ingrid Mealli, Josephine Meeschaert, Graham O’Brien, Cameron Reilly, Auden Sorensen, Emme Strongin, Sophie Tu, Kush Upadhyaya, Elliot Weiss, Jackson Wells-Wanlass, David Wolff, Alison Wright, Lora Wu, Allison Zhu.

Lastly, we wrapped up 2018 at the TYR Holiday Classic at Felix Festa which gave many of our swimmers a chance to compete in a prelim/finals format. Not surprisingly, we rose to the challenge and had many swimmers come back at night to swim finals. Special shout out to Milly Birch (50 Back), Rose Korff (100 Fly), and David Wolff (50 Breast) for taking home overall first place finishes! Congrats to the following swimmers for competing in finals:

Lily Auchincloss-50/100/200 Breast
Xavier Bandur-Rosen-100 Breast
Mia Bensason-50/ 100 Breast, 50/ 100 Fly, 50 Back
Kayla Bolster-50/200 Free, 200 Back
Joshua Chasteen-200 IM, 200 Back
Rebecca Chung-50 Fly
Henry Dorr-200 Back, 200 Free
John Drumm-100 Back, 100 Breast, 100 Fly
Maria Eagan-200 IM, 200 Breast, 100 Free
Maya Fung-50 Back
Jaden Garcia-Barbier-100 Back, 100 Breast, 200 IM
Isabel Gustavsson-200 IM, 200 Back, 100 Free
Christopher Hovet-100/200 Free, 50/200 Back, 100 Fly
Katherine Jones-200 IM, 200 Breast, 100 Free
Kikko Kayadjanian-100/200 Back, 100/200 Breast, 50/100 Free
Rose Korff-100 Free, 100 Fly, 100 IM
Michael Kosecki-200 Back, 100 Free
Anna Lee-100 Breast, 100 Fly, 50 Free
Alexandra Lussie-50/100 Breast, 100 Back, 100 IM
Tyler McKibben-100 IM
Olivia Michalik-50/200 Back
Lucy Plaskon-200 Breast, 50 Back, 100 Free
Rebecca Randall-50/100/200 Free, 50/100 Fly, 200 Breast
Maya Salisbury-100 Breast
Irene Segone-100/200 Breast, 100/200 Fly, 200 IM
Katherine Siegel-100 Back, 50 Fly, 100 Free
Adger Smyth-100 Breast
Ellie Waye-100/200 Back, 200 Free
Ryan Yang-50/100 Fly, 100 IM, 100 Free

As you can see, these meets were an incredible success and we know we’re only going to build off of these meets as we enter 2019! Be sure to check out the December newsletter for a list of swimmers who had 100% best times!!