Twenty swimmers from Greenwich YMCA Marlins compete at Nationals

The Greenwich Marlins YMCA swim team traveled to Atlanta at the end of July and competed in the YMCA National Swimming Championships. Over 80 teams traveled from across the country to compete in this prestigious competition. The young Marlin’s team sent 20 swimmers to the prestigious meet.

The swimmers were Guido Balderrama, Victoria Chao, Erin Dunstan, Thomas Dunstan, Katie Evans, Cristi Frias, Sarah Hodes, Oscar Ike, Alex Jahan, Sophie Jahan, Jillian Leigh, Alex Li, Chris Li, Ailee Mendoza, Carolyn Morikawa, Clayton Morikawa, Malavika Pande, Quinn Scannell, Diana Tramontano and Isobel Walker.

Headlining the Marlins team was 15-year-old Katie Evans, who won the 200-meter breaststroke in a senior national qualifying time of 2:36.41. Evans came from behind with the fastest fourth 50-meter split to take the gold. Her time just missed the Olympic Trial qualifying time by 0.42 seconds. Evans also made the championship final in the 200-meter individual medley and 400-meter individual medley, placing seventh in both. In addition, she won the consolation final in the 100-meter breaststroke in a time of 1:14.71.

Alex Jahan, 14, smashed the Connecticut state record by three seconds in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:24.30. The old record stood at 2:27.18. Jahan was in the championship final of the 200-meter breaststroke event, placing fifth. In addition, Jahan qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals.

Other Marlin’s swimmers qualified for finals at the national meet. Erin Dunstan took 16th place in the 200-meter breaststroke, as well as 22nd in the 100-meter breaststroke. Oscar Ike had a 25th place finish in the 200-meter backstroke, while Carolyn Morikawa swam to a 29th place finish in the 50-meter breaststroke.

Next up for the Greenwich Marlins’ Katie Evans and Alex Jahan will be U.S. Junior Nationals. The two are currently to Indiana along with Greenwich YMCA head swim coach, Connie Wu, on August 11.

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