The Eastern Express Holiday Classic XXVII was held at the Sonny Werblin Pool on the campus of Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ from December 12 -14. The Montclair YMCA Dolphins sent 18 of their fastest swimmers who qualified to swim in this meet. Cha O’Leary (16) of Montclair took first place in the 100 yard and 200 yard breaststroke events, setting new team records in both events and a meet record in the 100 with a time of 1 minute 2.76 seconds. Cha has qualified to swim in the USA Junior Nationals in both events. Cha also finished 4th in the 400 yard individual medley event.
Twenty-four of the youngest Montclair YMCA Dolphins competed against 220 other swimmers in the First Frost 9 and under Mini-Meet on Sunday, November 23 at the Raritan Valley Community College Aquatic Center in Lamington, NJ. Nine teams from the region competed in this annual event hosted by the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA. Ranging in age from 6 to 8, 13 of these mighty young Dolphins turned in 28 top 20 finishes.