Greenwich YMCA Marlins break 30-year record in qualifying meet

The YMCA of Greenwich’s Marlins swim team hosted their first qualifying swim meet of the season last weekend, with a variety of teams in attendance including the YWCA Dolphins, New Canaan YMCA Camains and Weston Swimming.

From left, Greenwich Marlins 11- to 12-year-old 200-yard freestyle relay team members Conway Zhou, Stefan Todorovic, Christian Farricker and Marcus Hodgson pose for a photo after their record-setting swim.

From left, Greenwich Marlins 11- to 12-year-old 200-yard freestyle relay team members Conway Zhou, Stefan Todorovic, Christian Farricker and Marcus Hodgson pose for a photo after their record-setting swim.

The three-day event included almost 500 swimmers, including over 100 from the Greenwich YMCA Marlins.

The coaches were proud of their athletes, from the youngest and newest up to the veterans.

This was a very impressive weekend,” coach Kevin Stone said. “It was great to see this group get up on the blocks and race.  We have a lot of work to do, but I’m excited for what’s ahead of us.”

The Greenwich YMCA Marlins were well prepared for this early season meet.  Sophia Moore , 11; Ailee Mendoza, 14; Oscar Ike, 16; Eisuke Takahashi, 10; and Alex Ye, 10, all broke individual team records.

Starting the afternoon session off with a splash, the Greenwich YMCA Marlins boys 11- to 12-year-old 200-yard freestyle relay, consisting of Marcus Hodgson, Stefan Todorovic, Conway Zhou and Christian Farricker broke a 30-year-old Connecticut state record with a time of 1:42:57.

The record has been held since March 25, 1983 by the New Canaan YMCA NCY  Boys 11- to 12-year-old 200-yard freestyle relay team of Rusty Miller, Marc Baliotti, Alex Michel and Mark Sedlak. The previous best time was 1:42.80.

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