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Mount St. Dominic's outstanding backstroker Abby Ortman capped her fine scholastic career with two medals in the NJSIAA individual swimming state championships held on March 1-2. (Photos by Bill Allen-njsportaction.net)
The Mount's Abby Ortman was a 2-time Cullen Jones Award recipient for her outstanding performances in the Essex County Championship Meet.
Mount St. Dominic Swim Star
SEWEL- As if to validate being named the best girl swimmer in Essex County not once -but twice- North Caldwell resident and Mount Saint Dominic Academy senior Abby Ortman finished her Lady Sea Lions career by posting two more top six finishes at the NJSIAA State Finals last weekend, March 1 and 2, at the Gloucester Institute of Technology in Sewell.
Ortman, who is headed to the NCAA Division I swim team at James Madison University, finished fifth in the 200-yard individual medley and sixth in the 100 breaststroke at the finals.
In the IM, Ortman posted a time of 2:07.98 in the preliminary round, prior to notching a personal best (PB) effort of 2:06.75 in the finals. Her old PB in the IM was a 2:07.30.
The backstroke prelims saw Ortman record an even 57 seconds showing, prior to registering a PB and new school record time of :56.40 in the finals.
Last year, Ortman took sixth in the IM and fourth in backstroke.
“I'm really happy with my times at the finals, it was a great weekend,” Ortman enthused.
In addition, MSDA junior Jasmine Spinelli also posted two PBs at the finals meet, as she finished 10th in the IM with times of 2:08.77 and 2:08.29, in the prelims and the finals, respectively, to go along with an 11th place effort in the 100 breaststroke, where her times were 1:07.14 in the prelims and 1:07.01 in the finals.
The Mount's relays, though, were not as fortunate, as both the 200 medley and the 200 free foursomes failed to even come close to their seed times. In the medley, the seed time for the team of Ortman (backstroke), Spinelli (breaststroke), senior Kara O'Sullivan (butterfly) and junior Claire Mason (freestyle) was 1:52.52, but the Lady Sea Lions finished 29th with a time of 1:54.44, while, in the 200 free, the lineup of Mason, Spinelli, O'Sullivan and Ortman had a seed showing of 1:41.94, but ended up taking 27th place at 1:43.22.
In her four swim seasons at the Mount, Ortman helped the Lady Sea Lions squad secure multiple county, conference and state championships and was the recipient of the Cullen Jones Award (the Essex County MVP trophy) as both a sophomore and a senior. She was only edged out for that honor as a junior by teammate Megan Wujciak, a member of the MSDA Class of 2013 from West Caldwell.
“When I look back at my time at the Mount, the thing I think of first is all my wonderful teammates and coaches,” reminisced Ortman, adding, “I'll always remember swimming at the Mount as a wonderful part of my life. But, now, I'm looking forward to heading to JMU and having a great time there.”
Abby Ortman was fifth in 200-yard individual medley in state finals
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