Greenwich residents lead Chelsea Piers relay team to swimming record

Members of the Chelsea Piers Connecticut 200-yard relay team pose for a photo after breaking the state record in that event.

Members of the Chelsea Piers Connecticut 200-yard relay team pose for a photo after breaking the state record in that event.

The Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) Aquatics team CPAC set a new state record in the 200-yard freestyle relay last weekend at the CPAC Last Chance Qualifier meet at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

The relay team was made up of Greenwich residents Nicholas Malchow, Alex Plavoukos and Gavin West, as well as Fairfield swimmer Tyler Sicignano. Three of the fifth graders joined the CPAC swim team when the team was first fielded in 2012. The fourth member of the relay team joined in April of 2013.

“In order for the boys to break the record, each swimmer had to deliver a lifetime best swim, and each was given a specific goal time so that the aggregate was faster than the record,” said CPAC coach Greg Barone.  “All four athletes surpassed the times I gave them, which is a credit to their hard work this year.”

The 30-year old record has been one the hardest to break in Connecticut. Set in Westport back in 1985, the record was one of the oldest standing swimming records in the State.

“The Chelsea Piers-Athletic Club Swim Team is very proud of these four young men,” said Jamie Barone, head swim coach and director of aquatics at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.  “They have all worked hard this year, and we foresee big things from them at state championships in March.”

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