Greenwich YWCA Dolphins shine at Sunkissed championships

Greenwich YWCA swimmers Alex Lewis and Thomas Dillinger show off some hardware during the 2013 Sun Kissed Junior-Senior Swimming Championships.

Greenwich YWCA swimmers Alex Lewis and Thomas Dillinger show off some hardware during the 2013 Sun Kissed Junior-Senior Swimming Championships.

Swimming in their fourth championship meet in a five week period, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team splashed its way to an overall sixth place team finish at the 2013 Sun Kissed Junior-Senior Swimming Championships of the USA, held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, N.C. the first weekend in April.

The Dolphins were paced by three gold medals each from both 17-year-old Alexander Lewis and 12-year-old Kate Hazlett; and, another six silver medals combined from 13-year-old Ryan Bedell, 16-year-old Thomas Dillinger and two more from Hazlett and another one from Lewis.

The Dolphins accumulated 780 points during the three day, 60-event meet. New York’s Empire Swim Club posted 3,483-points, followed by the Raritan Valley (NJ) YMCA, 1132. The team from Evanston (IL) Flying Fish grabbed the bronze with 965 points and the Norwalk Zeus Swim Club finished fourth with 908 points. Summit (NJ) YMCA rounded out the top five with 875 points.

Lewis, swimming in the meet’s senior section (14-and-over), posted gold medal times by winning the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.86 seconds; the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.90 and the 200-Backstroke with a time of 1:49.39.

The GHS junior, also had a silver medal effort of 1:53.15 in the 200-yard individual medley and the meets fastest 100-yard backstroke time (52.37) in the Dolphins’ 400-yard medley relay. Lewis also had the fastest 100-yard freestyle time of 45.59, but he elected to pass up in the finals.

Hazlett, days off of her seven-event effort at the USA Eastern Zone Championship Meet in Webster, N.Y., returned to take gold in the 2013 Sun Kissed Junior-Senior Swimming Championships in the 50-yard freestyle at 24.79; the 100-yard butterfly at 1:01.21 and in the 100-yard individual medley with a time of 1:02.41.

The Greenwich Academy sixth-grader also took silver in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.54 and in the 200-yard individual medley (2:18.25).

Silver medals were claimed by Dillinger, as he finished second in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:42.02 and in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 21.01. The GHS sophomore also posted the meet’s second fastest efforts in the 100-yard free at 46.29 and in the 400-yard individual medley at 4:06.01, which he passed up in the finals.

Dillinger also combined with Lewis, 16-year-old Taylor Moore and 17-year-old John Enquist to take fourth in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:37.28. The same foursome also also finished fourth in the 400-yard free relay with a time of 3:14.64 and ninth overall in the 200-yard free relay (1:30.84).

Bedell, 13, of Rye Brook, took second in the junior section of the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:26.32.

The quartet of 13-year-old Suzy Ryckman, 12-year-old Taylor Schinto, 12-year-old Julia Merrill and Hazlett combined for second place in the junior 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:44.33. Not to be outdone was the junior 400-yard freestyle relay team of 12-year-old Isabelle Wise, Ryckman, Merrill and Hazlett, as they took the bronze with a time of 3:51.90.

Other Dolphins reach the top 16 included Sarah Bellamy, Annika Bjerke, Louisa Bjerke, Brooke Collins, Elizabeth Commaroto, Kate Ennis, Riley Ennis, Farrah Frattaroli, Emma Himes, Grace Isford, Ella Jomo, Ryan Lynch, Zachary Moore, Peter Mullen and Emmy Sammons.

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