Local Greenwich swimmers make a splash at annual town championship

Brooke Collins en route to one of her four gold medals during the Town Swimming Championships held at the GHS pool. — C.Ubina photo

Brooke Collins en route to one of her four gold medals during the Town Swimming Championships held at the GHS pool. — C.Ubina photo

More than 300 swimmers from the town’s age group teams took to the water Saturday at Greenwich High School for the 13th Annual Greenwich Town Swimming Championships.

Sponsored by the YWCA of Greenwich and the Dolphins Swim Team, the meet attracted a packed house at the GHS pool and featured teams from the YWCA, YMCA and Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, as well as contingents form the Sharks swim team and Convent of the Sacred Heart.

Where the competition had a festive mood, with many Santa hats and reindeer antler hats in the stands and deck, the racing was all business as the competitors vied for top spots in over 40 events and qualifying times for State level March meets.

Lilly O'Sullivan takes a look at her competition and gets ready to start the 25-yard backstroke event during the Town Swimming Championship. — C.Ubina photo

Lilly O’Sullivan takes a look at her competition and gets ready to start the 25-yard backstroke event during the Town Swimming Championship. — C.Ubina photo

Triple winners included the Dolphins Lilly O’Sullivan, 8, who took the 8-and-under 25-yard freestyle, backstroke and Butterfly races with respective times of 16.19 seconds, 19.48 and 18.59.

On the Boy’s side Tomas Delgado, 8, of the Dolphins claimed gold in the 25-yard freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly races with respective times of 14.78, 20.96 and 16.84.

The Dolphins Meghan Lynch, 10, came away with four wins, including a pair of meet records. The records fell in the nine to 10-year-old girls 50-freestyle, as she took first with a time of 27.03. Lynch also took the record in the 50-yard breaststroke, as she posted a time of 34.59.

Lynch also just missed the meet mark in winning the 50-yard butterfly, grabbing a top time of 31.37. On Thursday, she took the mixed 200-yard butterfly championship with a time of 2:38.03.

The boy’s side saw Alexander Hazlett, 10, take the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle at 28.86; the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 38.71 and the 50-yard butterfly, touching the wall at 32.95. On Thursday he picked up a win in the 100-yard butterfly at 1:14.28, to make it four golds in the town swimming finals.

Action in the 11- to 12-year-old girls group saw the Dolphins Allison Opuszynski, 12, win a pair of gold. She took the 50-yard free with a time of 26.83, as well as the 50-yard butterfly at 30.50. The Dolphins’ Dan Bailey, 12, also captured the 50-yard freestyle, backstroke and butterfly races with times of 28.21, 33.84 and 31.45, respectively.

The 13- to 14-year-old group saw the Dolphins Kate Hazlett, 13, claim an amazing five golds in the championship, winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 55.86; the 100-yard backstroke at 1:03.24 and touched the wall first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:03.83.

At the Thursday distance section, Hazlett won the 200-yard backstroke, netting a time of 2:12.47. A day later, he took the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle, posting a time of 5:29.70.

The Dolphins’ Ryan Bedell took the gold in the 13- to 14-year-old 100-yard freestyle at 57.34; the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.43 and the 500-yard freestyle by netting a time of 5:19.70.

The 15-and-over class saw Brooke Collins, 15, capture five golds, as the sophomore at GHS was swimming in her home pool. She took the top spot in the 100-yard backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly races with times of 1:06.18, 1:14.15 and 1:05.40.

On Friday, Collins grabbed the gold in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:58.55 and she also claimed the mixed 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:37.90.

The boy’s 15-and-over class saw Graham Hazlett, 15, take the 100-yard freestyle, backstroke and butterfly events with respective times of 50.39. 58.03 and 58.60. The 100-yard backstroke clocking was a meet record.

“This has really developed in an event that swimmers and families look forward to each year at a great venue,” said Dolphins head coach Nick Cavataro, who also serves as the meet director. “The competition is both friendly and competitive.”

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