YWCA Greenwich 12.April.2018: Sparked by a dozen individual gold medals and a combined 20 individual silver and bronze medals, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team grabbed second place team honors in the 2018 Sun Kissed Invitational Junior Senior Meet this past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Dolphins accumulated 1712 ½ points in the 3 ½ day event held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. The 10-time defending champion Empire Swim club out of White Plains took the top team spot with 3342-points. The host, team Charlotte with 1199; the Chicago based YWCA Flying Fish were fourth at 1175-points, with Montclair and Summit YMCA clubs rounding out the top six with 1106 and 1082, respectively. Nineteen teams and 650 swimmers ages 11-18 competed in the 66 events in 13-and-under Junior and Open class groups.
Speaking of the team’s efforts, Dolphins Head Coach Nick Cavataro, in his 41st season, commented, “This was a great team effort, and we are very excited about the results. We had a strong blend of swimmers with significant big meet experience and a dozen first-time attendees who responded very well. I am sure this will help us going forward into the summer.”
Pacing the Dolphins with a combined nine gold and two silver individual medals in the Senior Division were Kate Hazlett, 17 and Meghan Lynch, 14.
Hazlett, a junior at Greenwich Academy claimed gold and the Senior girl’s division high point award with wins in the 50 and 100-yard Freestyle events with respective times of 23.09 and 50.49. Hazlett also took wins in the 100-Back (54.74), 100-Butterfly (55.79) and 200-Backstroke (1:57.39). Hazlett was also fourth in the 100-Breast (1:04.27), Lynch, 14, a freshman at Greenwich High School, took gold in the 100 and 200-Breaststroke at 1:03.50 and 2:15.00, respectively. Lynch also touched first in the 200 and 400-Individual Medley events at 2:00.80 and 4:15.40 and picked up silver in the 200-Free (1:49.63) and 500-Free (4:53.07).
In the Senior Boys Division Ryan Lynch, a GHS Senior heading to Tufts University in the fall took bronze in the 200-Individual Medley at 1:57.40 and was fifth in both the 400-IM at 4:10.60 and 200-Breaststroke at 2:08.99. Lynch also claimed a pair of sixth place points with 1:00.49 and 48.26 efforts in the 100-Breaststroke and Freestyle events, as well as an eighth in the 200-Freestyle at 1:45.46.
Greenwich HS teammate, Tommy Lewis, 16, took three bronze medals in the 100-Breast at 58.39; 200-Breast at 2:08.50 and 200-Individual Medley at 1:56.50 as well as fifth in the 100-Back at 54.04 and seventh in the 50-Free at 21.90.
Action in the Junior Girls group saw Victoria Liu, 12, claim gold in the 200-Backstroke at 2:10.30 as well as a pair of silver medals in the 100-Back at 1:01.31 and 100-Individual Medley at 1:03.57. The Greenwich resident was also third in the 200-IM at 2:16.43; fourth in the 500-Free at 5:23.36 and sixth in the 200-Free at 2:02.51.
Penny Lazar, 11, captured a pair of bronze medals in the 500-free at 5:2283 and the 100-Free at 55.95 as well as taking fourth in the 200-Free (2:01.50); fifth in both the 100-Fly (1:04.30) and the 200 Fly (2:25.58).
Other Dolphin scorers in the Championship heats in the Senior section included: Samantha Scott, 16, who took silver in the 50-Free at 24.05; bronze in the 100-Back at 57.31; and fourth and fifth respectively in the 100-Free (52.72) and 200-Back (2:06.84). Alexander Hazlett, 14, took bronze in the 100-Breast at 59.34 and fifth in the 200-IM at 1:57.03 and eighth in the 500-Free at 4:48.47. Samantha Ennis, 14, was fourth in the 100-Back at 57.34. Max Meissner, 14, was sixth in the 400-IM at 4:16.85. Ryan Jee, 14, took sixth in the 400-IM at 4:16.26. Parker Scott, 16, was third in 100-Fly at 51.69. Sophie Jahan, 17, was sixth in the 50-Free at 24.44.
Other Dolphins in the Junior Championship heats included Payton Foster, 11, who won the 200-Fly at 2:20.40 and was third in both the 200-Back at 2:13.60 and 100-Back at 1:03.02 as well as sixth in the 100-Fly at 1:05.13. Emma Robinson, 13, took silver in the 200-Fly at 2:20.67; bronze in both the 100-Fly and IM events with respective times of 1:04.88 and 1:03.55. Ava Baine, 11, placed fourth in the 200-Fly at 2:23.01. Rory Keller, 11, was sixth in the 200-Back at 2:18.63 and eighth in the 100-Back at 1:05.49. Campbell Steere, 12, was seventh in the 100-Breast at 1:13.48.
Other Dolphins claiming individual points included Kortney Knudsen, 16; Willa Sarcone, 14; Helena Kennedy, 11; Kate Ennis, 17; Emma O’Connor, 16; Avery Sammons, 14; and, Julia Merrill, 17.
The Dolphins single gold medal relay effort came in the meet’s final race, the Senior Girls 200-Freestyle where the quartet of Lynch, Scott, Jahan and Hazlett combined for a meet record time of 1:34.20, 1.76 seconds ahead of the Empire Swimming squad.
Other Dolphins participating included: Olivia Baine, Caitlin Bedell, Zack Chalnick, Charlotte Fallon, Anabelle Guarnera, Madeleine Holden, Jesse Horowitz, Hunter Johnson, Helena Kennedy, Christina Li, Audrey Lin, Francesca Maldonado, Jenna Marinaccio, Emma Marshall, Jaden Nygaard, Daniela Pompa, Nicole Ragone, Emma Robredo, Avery Sammons, Willa Sarcone, Ben Schinto, Taylor Schinto, Alessandra Serbaroli and Marcella Winget.
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