Jan. 8 Swimming Steinert's Maggie Herbert wims to a second-place finish in the 100 freestyle with a time of 59.79 against Princeton today (Photo by Nancy Eggert). A good time is had by all as Nottingham takes co-ed win over Trenton By Tony Piscotta Fish4scores.com Jan. 8: The annual co-ed meet between Nottingham and Trenton is usually one of the more enjoyable days for the Stars' swim team - and not just because Nottingham usually comes out on top. "I think it's a lot more fun to swim with the boys because it's a different experience,” senior Alyssa Tomaseck said. “It's also better to see how we are and how we compete as a team.” Tomaseck had her best swim of the year in the 200 freestyle (2:47.43) in finishing second to "teammate" Frank Gonzalez (2:14.47) in the Stars' 71-23 win. But while the results were enjoyable - the Stars won every race except the 200 free relay and finished one-two in eight of the 11 events - it was the spirit of the host team that made the day that much more enjoyable. "They show the most spirit, every single year that we swim with them," said Tomaseck. Senior Mark Kieffer, one of the Stars captains, agreed. "We never had anyone clap for us after we cheered. That was different. They definitely have great sportsmanship," Kieffer said. Kieffer won the 500 freestyle by a wide margin (6:38.03) ahead of Bridget Doolittle (7:04.33) and also swam in the 200 Free Relay in the next race. The meet also held some family significance for Kieffer as his uncle Scott swam for Trenton High in the 1980's and he found it fun to swim in Trenton's historic four-lane pool. "It's great to get the experience. Not too many people are used to being in this really small pool, crammed up," Kieffer said. Like Tomaseck, he also enjoyed both the camaraderie and friendly competition between the boys and girls teams. During training, the Stars hold workouts in A and B groups so that the top boys and girls swimmers are in the pool together everyday so it's nothing new. But swimming in a meet is another story. "It's nice to have that little competition going, boys trying to beat the girls and everything like that. So it's nice," Kieffer said. In addition to Kieffer and Gonzalez, the Stars winners were Jeremy Oiler, Michael John, Thomas Padulchick, and Max Wackerman in the 200 Relay, Oiler in the 200 IM, Joe Oliver in the 50 and 100 Freestyle, John in the 100 Fly, Padulchick in the 100 Backstroke, Anthony Tafrow in the 100 breaststroke, and Doolittle, Amanda Ritardi, Wackerman and Oiler in the 400 freestyle relay. "It's kind of a thing that brings kids spirits up because you go against teams like Princeton and the West Windsor's and it kind of hurts. To come out here and get some firsts it's really nice for the team," Kieffer said. In addition to Doolittle and Tomaseck, other members of the girls team finishing second were Kaitlin Kowalec (100 Free), junior Theresa Henry (100 Breaststroke) and Victoria Navarro (100 Backstroke). While the Stars face an uphill battle in their upcoming meets with West Windsor-Plainsboro North and West Windsor-Plainsboro South, this year's team is a cohesive unit. "We're a lot closer this year,” Kieffer said. “Last year we didn't' have as many pasta parties. Not many people got together. This meet everyone's getting together afterwards.” And today they all got together to pull off a win. Hutton a Hornet highlight reel against powerful WW-Plainsboro South Griffin Hutton continued his winning wins, picking up a pair of individual victories as the Hamilton West boys lost to West Windsor-Plainsboro South, 117-53, on Tuesday. Hutton was first in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.37) and the 500 freestyle (4:55.07) to lead the Hornets. The Hornets also picked up a win in the 100 free, where Jacob Torres finished first in 53.97. Torres was also second in the 200 free with a time of 1:55.55. Other top three finishes for the Hornets came from John Novak (third in the 50 free), Matt Maul (third in the 100 fly), and Matt Esposito (third in the 100 breast). The Hamilton girls dropped a 133-37 decision to the Pirates. Sofi Walter was second in the 200 free and third in the 100 free to lead the Hornets. Other top three finishes came from Christine Carbone (third in the 50 free) and Maddie Uram (third in the 100 breast). Dalton, Horner double-winners as Steinert falls to formidable Princeton The standout Princeton swim program came to town today and although Steinert’s boys and girls teams both lost, sophomore Tess Dalton and freshman Maddie Horner had a nice day for the girls with two wins apiece. In the girls 109-61 setback, Dalton won the 100 freestyle in 2:10.48, and was also part of the winning, underclassmen-laden 200 free relay team (1:49.63) along with Horner, sophomore Hailey Thayer and junior Maggie Herbert. Horner added a win in the 50 free (25.87) and also had a second in the 100 fly. Second-place finishers included Herbert (100 free) and Thayer (100 back), while taking thirds were Thayer (200 IM), Herbert (50 free), Heather Gandy (500 free) and Ciera Jones (100 breast). In the boys 117-53 defeat, Zach Mabin had the lone first-place with a 1:01.73 in the 100 breast, and also finished second in the 200 IM. Other seconds went to Billy Maloney (50 free) and Tyler Gulsby (100 free, 100 back). Taking thirds were Mike Byrne (2:07.59), Steven Huie (100 fly) and Jacob Kosowski (500 free).
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