SWIMMING YWCA Dolphins shine at Long Course Championships
Led by sparkling performances from Meghan Lynch and Kate Hazlett, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins women’s swim team made quite a splash at the 2018 Connecticut Senior Long Course Championships at Wesleyan University recently.
The Dolphins produced a second-place finish at the Connecticut Senior Long Course Championships, which included 35 teams and more than 600 swimmers.
“The Dolphins have put in a tremendous effort to build their competitiveness,” YWCA Dolphins head coach Nick Cavataro said. “The staff and I are very pleased with the results and look forward to ending the season on a high note.”
The YWCA Dolphins’ women’s squad accumulated 412.5-points, finishing second behind champion Cheshire YMCA (681.5). Westport YMCA (324), Weston (270), Wilton (243.5) and Ridgefield (210) rounded out the top six girls finishers. The Dolphins’ men’s team placed 22nd.
Greenwich YWCA was powered by five individual gold medals from Kate Hazlett, 17, and three from Meghan Lynch, 14. Lynch, a rising Greenwich High School sophomore earned the meet’s high point award. She was also on two winning relay teams and posted a wealth of second and third-place individual finishes.
Lynch set state records in winning the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:17.11 and the 400 individual medley (4:51.23). Her efforts in the individual medley, along with a pair of silver medals 100 breaststroke (1:12.77), 200 breaststroke qualified Lynch for her first USA Senior National Championship and World Championship Selection Meet in Irvine, Calif, which took place July 25-29.
Lynch also garnered a first-place medal in the 200-meter freestyle (2:04.73) and was second in the 400 freestyle (4:21.69) behind Yale junior Kendall Brent a the Connecticut Senior Long Course Championships. Lynch’s freshman season as a member of the Greenwich High girls swim team saw her earn All-American honors.
Hazlett, 17, a rising senior at Greenwich Academy, won the the 50-meter freestyle (26.69), the 100 freestyle (57.41),100 backstroke (1:03.56), 200 backstroke (2:15.66) and 100 butterfly (1:02.63). She also placed fifth in the 200 IM (2:25.62). All five first-place finishes qualified Hazlett for the National Club Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Ind., and the Winter USA Swimming Senior national Championships. The National Club Championships takes place Tuesday to Saturday. Hazlett turned in an All-American season for Greenwich Academy’s swimming team this past winter.
The Dolphins’ 200-meter freestyle relay team of Hazlett, Lynch, Samantha Scott and Sophie Jahan set a state record in winning the event in 1:49.25. The quartet also combined for a championship finish in the 400 medley relay (4:24.30) at the Connectiut Senior Long Course Championships. They also placed third in both the 400 freestyle and 200 medley relay races.
Other Dolphins reaching the finals were the 17-year-old Scott, (10th 50 freestyle 27.67, 100 freestyle, 59.76, 200 backstroke, 2:26.57) and 11th in the 100 backstroke(1:07.52). Like Hazlett, those times qualified her for the National Club Swimming Championships.
On the boys’ side, Alexander Hazlett, 14, was 12th in the 200 IM (2:15.84) and 15th in the 400 IM (4:52.51), respectively, at the Long Course Championship.
Hazlett combined with teammate’s Parker Scott, 17, 15-year-old Max Meissner, and Ryan Lynch 18, for a 12th-place finish in the men’s 400 freestyle relay (3:47.35). They were 16th in the 400 medley relay (4:14.27) and 17th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.95).