January 22, 2020
YFD headed south with almost 40 swimmers to compete in the GSA January Jump Start meet in Greensboro, NC. As always, the combination of the prelim/final setup, competing in one of the fastest pools in the country, and against some of the best teams along the Atlantic seaboard resulted in some very fast swimming.
Lily Ramirez led the way with three first-place finishes. Lily swept the 10U girls 100, 200, and 500-yard freestyles and added second-place finishes in the 50 free and 100 IM. Her times in the 200 free and 500 free were new YFD team records. Way to go Lily!
Joining her atop the podium was Kyle Malloy who took top honors in the 13-14 boys 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle. Malloy added a runner-up finish in the 200 fly and the 50 fly, the later of which he dipped under the previous meet record. Over the weekend, Malloy did set new YFD records in the 500-yard freestyle and 400-yard IM. Nice swimming Kyle!
Also joining in on the record-breaking action were: Kimberly Dutta—new YFD records in Open girls 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard IM; Izzy Riva—new YFD record in 10U girls 50-yard butterfly; and Esme Blackstock—new YFD record in Open girls 200-yard butterfly. Great swims girls!
Special congrats to Bridget Lockwood who came away from the 3-day meet with nine new personal bests in nine events. Stella Anderson, Ellie Waye, and Evan Klein also had nine best times after their 10-event lineup. Right behind them were Orly Lin, Maya Salisbury, and the afore mentioned Ramirez with eight out of nine best times. Sofia Bacidore went six for six and Adger Smyth went three for three, giving them 100% best times on the weekend as well. Great meets everyone!!
Please find the full meet results HERE.
This meet is always special—it gives our swimmers (and parents) time to bond outside of the pool and a nice weekend away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. If you didn’t have the chance to join this year, make sure to circle it on your calendar for 2021!