The dynamic duo of Kate Hazlett and Meghan Lynch helped the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins swimming team excel at yet another championship meet.
Behind eye-opening performances from Lynch and Hazlett, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins placed 14th out of 56 teams in the women’s standings at the ultra-competitive National Club Swimming Association Championships held at both Indiana University and Purdue University in Indianapolis, Ind., July 31-Aug. 4.
The five day, 40-event national meet featured more than 600 swimmers ages 18-and-under from over 40 clubs across the U.S.
Joining the 14-year-old Lynch and the 17-year-old Hazlett on the women’s side was Samantha Scott, 17. The Dolphins’ men’s contingent included Alexander Hazlett, 15, Tommy Lewis, 16, and 17-year-old Parker Scott.
Lynch, tallied 173.5 points on her own at the National Club Championships. She competed in the meet after becoming the youngest swimmer to appear in three finals heats at the USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, Calif., the previous week.
At the National Club Championships in Indianapolis, Lynch captured a pair of first-place medal titles, taking the 200-meter individual medley title in 2:17.39 and the 200-meter breaststroke championship with a time of 2:33.15. The rising Greenwich High School sophomore was second in the 400-meter individual medley (4:51.89), fourth in the 400 freestyle (4:51.89), sixth in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.46) and seventh in the 200 freestyle (2:03.87).
Lynch also posted respective times of 27.11 seconds (50 freestyle, 22nd place), 58.21 (100 freestyle,19th place) and 34.22 (50 breaststroke, 24th place) at the national club meet.
Hazlett registered her best finish in the 50 freestyle, where she nearly won the event after taking a preliminaries swim off for eighth place. A rising Greenwich Academy senior, Hazlett tied Illinois’ Natalie Ungaretti for eighth place in the preliminaries. In the one-on-one swim-off that followed, Hazlett edged Ungaretti with a career best time of 26.67 seconds. The championship heat in the evening saw Hazlett just miss garnering the gold medal, clocking in at 25.93.
Hazlett was also fourth in both the 50 and 100-meter backstroke events, recording respective times of 29.75 and 1:03.30. She finished 17th in the 200 backstroke in 2:17.31 and totaled 88 points for the meet.
“For Lynch and Hazlett to keep getting faster and rising to the challenge after a long five-day meet is a testament to their conditioning and competitiveness,” Dolphins coach Nick Cavataro said. “We are all looking forward to seeing what the qualifying standards will be for the 2020 Olympic Trials, when USA Swimming releases them in September. I would think both girls will be every close to the standards and have posted times that are ahead of the former 2016 qualifying marks. Meets like this prepare you for that next step.”
Hazlett swam in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha in the 200 meter backstroke.
Scott placed 56th in the 50 freestyle in the club nationals in 27.66 and 57th in the 100 freestyle (59.53). Her brother Parker Scott placed ninth with a career best time of 59.31 in the100 butterfly event. One of the youngest qualifiers in his event, Alex Hazlett posted his best finish in the 200 individual medley placing 79th in 2:14.30. Lewis was 54th for the Dolphins in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.96).