YFD Winter Championships Recap

After months of hard work, YFD put together a Winter Championship to remember last weekend as we shined at both the MIT Invitational in Boston, Mass. and the TYR Classic here in New York. We want to send a huge congratulations to everyone who competed! We’re so proud of you!

In Boston, we had 70 swimmers represent YFD—a 22% increase from last season. Team scores weren’t kept, but our presence across all age groups was undeniable! Most importantly we had 77% best times as a team. Way to go everyone!

Special shout out to Lily Ramirez (10) who placed third overall in her age group for the high point award. Way to go Lily!

There was an onslaught of the team record board with a total of 19 new records set. Please find the full list of new YFD records below:

New Team Records:

Milly Birch 8U Girls 100 Back 1:18.82

Nikolai Haridasan 9-10 Boys 50 Fly 30.51; 100 Fly 1:08.44; 100 IM 1:09.62

Kyle Malloy 13-14 Boys 50 Free 23.12; 100 Free 50.09; 100 Fly 53.40

Kimberly Dutta Senior Girls 100 Breast 1:04.20; 200 Breast 2:19.42; 100 Fly 56.51

Esme Blackstock Senior Girls 200 Fly 2:07.31

9-10 Girls 200 Free Relay 1:59.97

(Izzy Riva, Claire Croft, Ivana Zecar, Lily Ramirez)

9-10 Girls 400 Free Relay 4:32.95

(Izzy Riva, Ivana Zecar, Chloe Comisarow, Lily Ramirez)

9-10 Boys 200 Medley Relay 2:23.03

(Tadija Maslo, Xavier Bandur-Rosen, Nikolai Haridasan, Henry Arnall)

13-14 Girls 200 Free Relay 1:41.97

(Kayla Bolster, Gracie Lanning, Victoria Echavarria, Audrey Alexander)

13-14 Girls 200 Medley Relay 1:51.75

(Audrey Alexander, Gracie Lanning, Rose Korff, Kayla Bolster)

13-14 Boys 200 Free Relay 1:35.81

(Jagger Stachtiaris, Jeremy Shen, Strahinja Maslo, Kyle Malloy)

13-14 Boys 400 Free Relay 3:31.08

(Kyle Malloy, Jagger Stachtiaris, Ethan Yi, Strahinja Maslo)

13-14 Boys 200 Medley Relay 1:45.90

(Jagger Stachtiaris, Strahinja Maslo, Kyle Malloy, Jeremy Shen)


Among the many highlights of the meet was Kyle Malloy’s first place overall in the 13-14 boys 100 butterfly. Big swim Kyle! Also placing in the top 3 were Kimberly Dutta (3rd-100/200 Breast - Kimberly's 200 breast time would have scored at the 2019 Women's Ivy League Champs- Incredible!), Nikolai Haridasan (2nd-50/100 Fly; 3rd-50 Back, 50 Free, 100 IM), Lily Ramirez (2nd-100 Free; 3rd-50 Free, 100 Back), and Izzy Riva (2nd-50 Free). Y’all were amazing!

Other event finalists included:

Audrey Alexander (100 Back, 50 Free); Arielle Aney (50/100 Free); Esme Blackstock (100 Fly, 400 IM); Claire Croft (100 Fly); John Drumm (200 Fly); Kimberly Dutta (50/100 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM); Nikolai Haridasan (100/200 Free, 100 Back, 200 IM); Dylan Hu (100 Breast, 50 Free) Maggie Jelic (50 Breast, 50/100 Back); Gracie Lanning (100/200 Breast) Kyle Malloy (50/200 Free, 100 Back, 200 IM); Strahinja Maslo (100/200 Breast); Tadija Maslo (100 Breast); Lily Ramirez (200 Free, 50 Back, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, 100/200 IM); Rebecca Randall (50/100 Free); Izzy Riva (100/200 Free, 50/100 Back, 50/100 Fly, 100/200 IM); Max Sellami (200 Breast); Jagger Stachtiaris (50/200 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Back); Angie Wong (100 Breast); Aidan Zhu (50 Breast).

We also want to draw attention to our 11 NCSA Age Group qualifiers that we have as of December. Congratulations to: Izzy Riva, Stella Anderson, Kayla Bolster, Nicole Chang, Rose Korff, Gracie Lanning, Audrey Alexander, Nikolai Haridasan, Strahinja Maslo, Jagger Stachtiaris, and Kyle Malloy. Can’t wait to see you all race in Florida this March!!

Lastly, we have to give a big thank you to Peggy Roonprapunt for organizing the team dinner that saw over 100 YFD swimmers and family members get together outside of the pool and have a great night together! Thank you Peggy!!

Meanwhile, the TYR Classic hosted at Felix Festa saw equally impressive performances from our 8 & unders all the way to our seniors!

Kathryn Cragg stole the show with five event wins! Kathryn took first in the 8U Girls 25 Free, 25 Back, 25 Fly, and 25/50 Breast. She also added a silver in the 50 free. Great job Kathryn!

Joining her on the medal stand were: Mia Bensason (2nd-50/200 Breast); Joshua Cho (2nd-25 Fly, 3rd-25/50 Free, 50 Back); Skander Daghfous (1st-200 Fly, 2nd-100 Free); Jack Feinstein (2nd-25 Free, 3rd-25 Fly); Jaden Garcia-Barbier (3rd-400 IM, 200 Free); Selin Gonen (1st-400 IM); Ingrid Meali (3rd-25 Breast); Luc Pelletier (3rd-25 Breast); Sophie Tu (2nd-25 Breast, 3rd-50 Breast, 25 Fly); Elliot Wallis (2nd-50 Breast); Eloise Widener (3rd-200 Breast); David Wolff (1st-50 Breast, 2nd-25 Breast), and Allison Zhu (2nd-25 Back, 100 IM, 3rd-50 Fly, 50 Free, 50 Back). Huge swims everyone!!

The prelims/finals format gave so many valuable second swims. Congrats to the following swimmers for competing in finals!

Mia Bensason (50/100 Free, 50/100/200 Breast, 50 Fly); Josh Blaustein (50/100 Back, 50 Fly, 100 Free); Emma Chavarria (50/100 Back, 50 Breast, 50 Fly, 100 Free); Matthew Chin (50 Free, 100 Back, 100 Fly); Eliza Cohen (50/100 Free, 100/200 Breast, 200 IM); Claire Comisarow (50/100 Fly, 50 Breast, 100 Back, 100 Free); Skander Daghfous (200 Fly, 200 IM, 100 Free); Henry Dorr (50/100/200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Back, 200 IM); Maria Eagan (50/100/200 Free, 100/200 Breast, 200 IM); Jaden Garcia-Barbier (50/100/200 Free, 100 Breast, 100 Fly, 200 IM); Laetitia Gautier (100 Back); Laila Gilbert (50 Back, 100 Fly); Selin Gonen (50/100/200 Free, 100/200 Back, 200 IM); Isabel Gustavsson (200 IM, 100 Free); Quinn Johnson (50 Back, 50 Breast); Kate Jones (50/200 Free, 100 Back); Warren Kasman (50 Back, 50 Fly); Aaron Ko (50 Fly); Eve Krinsky (50 Breast); Orly Lin (50/100 Free, 50/200 Back, 50/100 Fly); Ali Lussie (200 Breast); Katie Lyons (100 Breast); Tyler McKibben (50/100 Breast); Alex Michaels (100 Back, 100 Fly); Emma Nahkle (200 Breast); Tess Nicholas (50 Fly, 100 Back); Aahana Panday (50 Fly); Danixza Pinto (50/200 Free, 50 Fly); Amalie Seth (200 IM, 200 Fly); Arjan Seth (100 Breast); Luca Shapiro (50/100/200 Free, 100/200 Fly, 200 IM); Ava Smith (50 Back); Adger Smyth (200 Back); Katie Summers (200 IM); Eloise Widener (200 Breast); Alexandra Wofford (50/200 Free, 200 Breast); Ali Wright (200 Free, 50 Back); Lucia Xiao (50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Back); and Ryan Yang (50/100 Free, 50/100 Fly, 100/200 Breast)

We know this is only the beginning of an incredible year! Let’s springboard off these many successes into some great, heavy winter training and turn our eyes towards Spring Champs in March!!