Greenwich town swim championship once again a big splash

With just over 300 swimmers competing over three days in 48 events, the 14th Annual Greenwich Town Swim Championships proved to be once again a big holiday splash with 10 meet records.

Swimmers from the town’s four major teams, The YWCA Dolphins, the YMCA Marlins, the Boys and Girls Club Barracudas and the Sharks Swim Team got together for some friendly mid-season competition and battled at Greenwich High School in eight races Thursday and Friday night.

The event featured distance freestyle and stroke events and returned Saturday for 40 sprint events.

Leading the way in the meet sponsored by the YWCA of Greenwich and the Dolphins Swim team, was 14-year old Dolphins swimmer Kate Hazlett who won all five of her events and set meet records in four of those races.

Hazlett, a student a Greenwich Academy and a member of the Dolphins Swim Team, who competed last week in the USA Speedo Junior National Championships in Seattle, set town meet records in the 13- to 14-year-old age group 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, 200-yard butterfly and the 500-yard freestyle, with respective times of 54.13 seconds, 1:02.01, 2:15.62 and 5:14.32.

Hazlett also claimed the 13- to 14-year-old age group’s 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:01.61.

“I know Kate’s been faster in some of the 100-yard events, but those 200-butterfly and the 500-free times were very solid efforts at distances she does not get to race at very often,” said Nick Cavataro, YWCA Dolphins head coach and meet director.

The Dolphins’ William Belmont, 17; Meghan Lynch, 11, and Olivia Baine, 10, were the meet’s other record setters.

Belmont claimed three gold medals in the 15-years-old and over group, winning the 100-yard free (48.84), 100-yard backstroke (57.39) and 100-yard butterfly (53.12).

Lynch won the 11- to 12-years-old age group’s 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.43 and the 50-yard breaststroke at 32.43. Baine lowered the meet record in the 8- to 10-years-old mixed 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:21.36.

During competition in the 8-years-old and-under group, Penny Lazar, 8, claimed titles in the 25-yard freestyle, 25-yard backstroke and 25-yard butterfly, posting times of 16.38, 19.65 and 18.50 respectively.

The Boys and Girls Club’s Sydney Jee took gold in the 25-yard breaststroke, touching the wall with a time of 21.62.

The boys side of the 8-years-old and under group saw four different boys win gold, as Gavyn Gennarelli, 8, of the Boys and Girls Club won the 25-yard freestyle with a time of 15.81. The Dolphins’ Alexander Piccin, 7, grabbed top honors in the 25-yard backstroke (20.23), while Peter Murphey, 8, claimed first in the 25-yard breaststroke with a tim eof 20.18.

Luke Mendelsohn, 7, won the 25-yard backstroke, grabbing the gold with a time of 20.64.

The 9- to 10-year-old girls group saw the Marlins’ Caterina Li, 10, take three wins. In the 50-yard freestyle she netted a time of 27.98. She touched the wall with a time of 36.30 in the 50-yard breaststroke and ended the 50-yard butterfly with a time of 31.08.

The boys 9- to 10-year-old division saw the Dolphins’ Patrick Mullen,10, take top honors in the 50-yard freestyle at 29.15 and the 50-yard backstrke with a time of 34.46. The Marlins’ Liam Flaherty, 10, claimed gold in the 50-yard breaststroke with a time of 39.92 and in the 50-yard butterfly, posting a time of 32.73.

Mullen also won the mixed 8- to 10-years-old age group in the 100-yard backstroke, netting a time of 1:15.40, while the Dolphins’ Zoe Sorensen, 10, struck gold in the mixed 8- to 10-year-old 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:19.36.

The 11- to 12-year-old group, Marlins’ Lexi DeLaSierra grabbed gold in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 31.00, as the Dolphins’ Mark Merson, 12, took three golds. He won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.78, the 50-yard backstroke (33.04) and touched the wall first in the 50-yard butterfly by scoring a time of 30.06.

Teammate Alexander Hazlett, who took top honors in the 50-yard breaststroke at 36.73.

The Dolphins Issy Wise won the 13- to 14-year-old 100-yard breaststroke, netting a time of 1:15.64, while teammates Parker Scott and Jesse Horowitz each posted a pair of wins.

Horowitz captured the 13- to 14-year-old age group 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke with respective times of 55.74 and 1:04.53. Scott took the 100-yard breaststroke (1:15.46) and 100-yard butterfly (1:06.09) championships.

Horowitz, 14, also claimed the 10-and-over mixed 200-yard backstroke finals with a time of 2:17.21, while teammate Emma Himes, 14, took the group’s 200-yard breatstroke at 2:38.73.

The 15- to 18-year-old class saw the Dolphins’ Brooke Collins claim the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard breast and 100-yard butterfly races with times of 58.02, 1:13.56 and 1:05.95, respectively. Fellow Dolphin Sarah Bellamy won the group’s 100-yard backstroke at 1:04.80.

The boys side saw Thomas Mackey of the Dolphins win the 100-yard breasttsroke with a time of 1:06.40.

“This is a very special meet for a lot of these kids who do not often get to see each other at the same pool, but may see each other in the halls at school,” Cavataro said. “The stands were backed with not only parents, but, grandparents and relatives in town for the holidays. This type of meet does not happen anywhere else in the USA.”

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