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Swimming Holiday tradition continues with Greenwich Town Championships

December 23, 2018

More than 250 swimmers from the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins, Greenwich YMCA Marlins, Greenwich Boys and Girls Club and Sharks Swim teams showcased their swimming skills at Greenwich High School Saturday for a Holiday tradition.

The 18th Annual Greenwich Town Swimming Championships took place, with 60 events being held in age groups from 8-and-under to 15-and-over over three days of friendly, yet, fierce competition among the area teams.

For many who share the same hallways in school this is one of the few times all year they see each other in the same pool.

“That is what makes this meet so special,” Dolphins coach Nick Cavataro said. “The fact that everyone knows each other, makes the competition that more intense.”

Two of the Dolphins’ 15-year old swimmers stole the spotlight with a combined 10 victories and six meet records.

Meghan Lynch of the Dolphins finished first in the the 15-and-over 100-yard freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke races, along with the 13-and over 200 backstroke and 400 individual medley events. Lynch’s time of 58.76 seconds in the 100 backstroke, 1:06.26 in the 100 breaststroke and 4:25.06 in the IM, were all meet records.

Alexander Hazlett, took first in the 15-and-over 100 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly. He also won the 13-over 500 freestyle and 200 breaststroke events. Hazlett, posted new meet records in the 100 backstroke in 56.25 and 500 freestyle (4:53.06) and 200 breaststroke (2:19.93).

Other multiple event winners included 8-year old Kate Boutry and 7-year old Julian Reiff. Boutry, of the Dolphins, posted a new meet mark of 17.34 in the 25-yard backstroke, as well capturing wins in the 8-and-under division’s 25 freestyle and butterfly events in 14.26 and 16.09, respectively. Reiff — also of the Dolphins — took first in the 25 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly races with respective times of 16.97, 19.83 and 19.31. The Dolphins’ Siena Pierson, 8, and Jackson Waters, 7, took the group’s breaststroke first-place medals with respective times of 20.68 and 25.13.

The 9-10-year old class saw Ainsley Sahrbeck and Jonathan Packard, of the Dolphins, each claim four first-place medals. Sahrbeck won the groups 50 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events with respective times of 30.32, 36.08 and 33.53. He touched the wall in 1:18.69 in the butterfly.

Packard won the class’ 50 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly races in 30.59, 35.87 and 34.34 as well as the 100 backstroke (1:14.45). The YMCA Marlins’ Lauren McCauley, 10, took the 50 and 100-breaststroke titles in 42.86 and 1:28.59, respectively. The Dolphins’ Colin Bucaria, 10, won the 50 breaststroke with a time of 45.27.

The 11-12 class saw the Dolphins Penny Lazar, 12, post wins in the 50 freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events with times of 26.46, 30.38 and 29.22, as well as taking the 9-and-over 500 title in 5:17.26. The Dolphins’ Luke Mendelsohn, 11, took a pair of gold medals winning the 50 freestyle and butterfly races at 28.51 and 32,59, respectively. Other winners in the 11-12 group included Sydney Jee, 12, of the Dolphins who won the 50 breaststroke and Nicolas Kopczewski, 12, of the Sharks in the 50 backstroke at 33.45 and William Schuhmacher, 11, of the Dolphins who won the 50 breaststroke in 37.80.

The 13-14 class had the YMCA Marlins Sabrina Hobert, 13, take gold in the 100 freestyle and butterfly in 57.07 and 1:03.93. The Dolphins Olivia Knapp, 14, and Abby Bleil, 13 took the group’s 100 backstroke and breaststroke events with times of 1:08.88 and 1:10.09, respectively.

The 13-14 Boys group saw Ryan Jee, 14, swimming unattached, claim wins in the 100-free, backstroke and butterfly (52.47, 1:03.76). The Dolphins Aiden Bucaria, 13, won the 100-breaststroke in t 1:08.77.

The Dolphins Brendan O’Brien, 15, claimed the 200 butterfly title, registering a time of at 2:16.44. He also touched the wall first in the 400 IM (4:54.77).

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