Montclair Dolphins Girls Smash Bests to Qualify for Top Regional USA Swimming Meet

Montclair Dolphin swimmers Kayleigh Surichaqui and Vicky Sluk smashed their personal bests at the January 14-16 AGUA Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational three-day swim meet in New York City to qualify for the top regional USA Swimming meet at the end of the season in March.

It was a busy weekend for the Dolphins with swimmers racing in two meets. As well as the New York event, the team took on Westfield and Meadowlands YMCA in a three-way competition hosted at the YMCA of Montclair on January 14.

Kayleigh Surichaqui took a huge 7.79 seconds off her best time in the 100-yard fly to finish in 1 minute 14.14 seconds, swimming in the over 13 age group. The time was inside the 1 minute 14.99 qualifying time for the Sunkissed National Championship event in Charlotte, North Carolina, in March.

Pictured left to right: Dolphins Team Members Kayleigh Surichaqui and Vicky Sluk.

Qualifying for Sunkissed meet over the winter season is the ambition of many competitive swimmers from more than a dozen East Coast and Midwest states that attend.

“Kayleigh had a breakthrough swim, that puts her among our fastest swimmers,” said Dolphins Head Coach Alex Boutov.

Under-12 swimmer Vicky Sluk came third in the 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard backstroke events in New York. Sluk beat her personal best in the 200-yeard backstroke by 4.26 seconds to finish in 2 minutes 29.26 seconds, well inside the Sunkissed qualifying time of 2 minutes 32.99 seconds.

Sluk also beat the Sunkissed qualifying time by over three seconds with a new personal best in the 200-yard fly.

The Dolphins had 18 swimmers in the New York meet hosted by the Asphalt Green United Aquatics club.

At the tri-meet in Montclair, Sawyer Beaubouef came first in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke events for the 9-10 year-old boys. Jane Determann won the 100-yard freestyle event for the girls in the same age group.

Emma Britt won the 100-yard fly for the 15-18 year-old girls. Nead Kojic took the top spot in the 200-yard individual medley for the 15-18 year-old boys, clipping 4.32 seconds from his personal best to qualify for the Sunkissed. Kojic also won the 100-yard breaststroke, while Leo Powers took first place in the 100-yard fly.

This weekend is another busy one for the Dolphins with swimmers competing at a dual meet on Jan 29 against Westfield YMCA and also at the Madison Area YMCA Winter Storm meet on Jan 30.

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