While the Community Park Bluefish placed fourth of six teams in Division I last week at the Princeton Area Swimming and Diving Association (PASDA) championship meet, the club produced some memorable individual performances.
Madeline Hoedemaker will certainly have fond memories of the competition, which was held July 22-23 at the Flemington-Raritan Community Pool, as she was named the meet’s MVP for 12-and-under girls. She earned that honor by placing first in the 12-and-under 100-meter individual medley, 50 butterfly, and the 50 freestyle along with helping the 200 free relay take second.
Hoedemaker’s heroics helped the Bluefish pile up 1,555.50 points in the meet and take fourth in the Division I standings. Lawrenceville Swimming Association placed first in the division, totaling 2,724 points, followed by Flemington-Raritan and the Hamilton Hurricanes.
She wasn’t the only one in her family to shine as younger sister, Grace, also had a big meet. The younger Hoedemaker won the 10-and-under 25 fly and took second in the 100 IM and seventh in the 25 free.
Ella Jones emerged as another top young girl swimmer for the Bluefish, taking second in both the 8-and-under 100 IM and in the 25 free. Alysse Kiesewetter earned a win in the girls’ 6-and-under backstroke and took fourth in the 25 free. Piper Dubow who was second in the 8-and-under 25 back while Bridget Lawn placed second in the 10-and-under back and third in the 25 free. Abby Walden was third in both the 8-and-under 25 free and the 25 fly.
Among the younger Bluefish boys, Daniel King came up big, winning the 6-and-under back and helping the 100 free relay take third. The quartet of Ben Eckerson, Brandon Lim, Jason Kratzer, and Jaxon Petrone combined to win the 10-and-under 100 medley relay. Paul Lacava placed third in the 8-and-under 25 butterfly and fourth in the 25 breaststroke.
Morgan Linsley stood out as a versatile performer for the older CP girls, taking second in both the 12-and-under 100 IM and the 50 back as well as fifth in the 50 free. She also helped the 200 free relay take second, combining with Madeline Hoedemaker, Eva Petrone, and Isabella Phillips.
Another sister act, Robyn and Kirstin Carter, piled up points for the Bluefish. Robyn took third in the girls’ 14-and-under 50 back and fourth in both the 50 free and the 50 breast while Kirstin placed third in the 18-and-under 100 IM and 50 free. Hannah Ash finished fourth in both the 18-and-under 50 back and 50 free.
Princeton High boys’ swimming rising senior star Will Stange was a top producer for the Bluefish older boys contingent, placing first in both the 18-and-under 50 back and 50 fly while taking second in the 100 IM. Stange also helped the Bluefish win the 200 medley relay, combining with Matthew Shanahan, Thomas Galvin, and Jackson Miller for the victory.
Charles Yandrisevits also had a big meet for CP, taking first in the 12-and-under 50 breast and second in both the 12-and-under 100 IM and 50 back. Stephen Kratzer was fourth in the 14-and-under 100 IM, 50 fly, and 50 free.