Greenwich YMCA Marlins flex its muscle at Showcase Classic

From left, Greenwich YMCA's Liam Flaherty, Caterina li  and Alexander Ye pose with a photo with coach Kevin Stone.

From left, Greenwich YMCA’s Liam Flaherty, Caterina li and Alexander Ye pose with a photo with coach Kevin Stone.

The YMCA of Greenwich Marlins swim team recently competed in the Dolphin Showcase Classic, a national age group meet located in Clearwater, Fla.

Over 100 teams were in attendance, with 700 athletes from all over the United States.

The Dolphin Showcase Classic has hosted several National Age-Group record holders and several Olympic Trial qualifiers previously.

This year the Marlins were represented by seven swimmers: Liam Flaherty, age nine; Caterina Li, age 10; Andres Ruh, age 11; Marko Todorovic, age nine; Stephan Todorovic, age 13; Alex Ye, age 10; and Conway Zhou, age 11.
The Marlins have attended the meet for the past four years and have watched as the meet has become increasing competitive and popular.

The YWCA Marlins had several highlights during the championship meet.

Alexander Ye’s 50-yard backstroke time of 29.96 earned him third place at the meet and set a new Connecticut resident eecord. He would also go on to place third in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1.03.99, setting yet another Connecticut resident record.

Li placed sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:19.07 and also earned fifth place in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 35.50. Li placed top 10 in several of her events.

Flaherty and Marko Todorovic made their debut at the Showcase Classic this year. Flaherty took home seventh in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:42.73 and also placed eighth in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:44.14.

Todorovic placed fourth in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 6:14.50. In addition, he also place seventh in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:20.14.

Zhou rounded out the scoring for the Greenwich YWCA Marlins by placing eighth in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:15.40, which is a new team record for the Marlins.

Overall the Marlins had a fantastic week in Florida with many personal best times.

“The YMCA is incredibly proud to have our athletes perform so well,” said Kevin Stone, head age group coach. “It was a great experience to race and to watch other fantastic swimmers. We learned a lot in the process and are excited to get home and start training again.”

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