26.March.2017: Sparked by a combined two dozen individual gold medals, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team recorded one of the group’s best series of championship meets earlier this month in the team’s 40-year history.
Competing at the Connecticut State Senior Championships at Wesleyan University in Middletown (March 9-12) and the Connecticut State Age Group Championships at Chelsea Piers in Stamford (March 16-29) over 40 Dolphins’ swimmers ages 9-17 competed.
Leading the group at the Senior Championships meet were Meghan Lynch and Kate Hazlett with three individual titles each as well as a pair Bronze and Silver medals each. The Senior meet featured more than 40 teams and 500 swimmers from across the State competing in 38 events.
Lynch, 13, was among a handful of 13-year olds at the meet, posted wins in both the 200 and 400-yard Individual Medley events with respective times of 2:01.89 and 4:15.44. Lynch’s third gold came in the 200-Breatststroke at 2:13.70. All three times were Wesleyan University pool records as well as State Age Group records.
Lynch also grabbed Bronze in the 500-Freestyle at 4:56.42; fourth in the 100-Freestyle at 52.30; fifth in the 200-Freestyle at 1:51.94 and sixth in the 100-Breatstroke at 1:03.25. The six swims gave her the meet’s Female High Point Award - the second consecutive for Lynch and her first Connecticut Short Course title, following the Summer 2016 Long Course High Point award.
Hazlett --fresh off the New England Prep School MVP Award, she received representing Greenwich Academy the week earlier with respective All American times of 22.98 and 49.95 in the 50 and 100-Freestyle - claimed Connecticut Senior gold in the 100 Backstroke and Butterfly as well as the 200-Backstroke.
Hazlett, 16, posted times of 54.66 and 54.85 in the Backstroke and Butterfly races for wins with the Back time a Wesleyan Pool record as well. Hazlett also touched first in the 200-Back at 1:59.04 and picked up individual bronze in the 50-Free at 23.60.
Hazlett and Lynch combined with 16-year old teammates Julia Merrill and Sophie Jahan for silver medals in the 400 and 800-yard Freestyle Relays at 3:27.88 and 7:38.13, respectively.
The 400-Medley Relay saw Samantha Scott swim backstroke as Lynch, Hazlett and Jahan swam the Breast, Fly and Free legs for a Bronze medal at 3:49.85.
The Connecticut State Age Group Meet, with over 600 swimmers ages 14-and-under, competing in 108 events saw Lynch lead the way for the Dolphins with five individual gold medals. Teammate Patrick Mullen, 12, claimed three golds with 10-year olds Peter Murphey and Penny Lazar each taking two titles each. Payton Foster and Andres Ruh, 14, each pick up one gold each.
The 14 individual age group gold medals along with another 4 relay titles gave the Dolphins a Girls State Age Group title for the first time in program history and a their highest placing ever at a second place combined team title. The Dolphins girls tallied 1508-points in the meet with Cheshire at 1,439 and New Canaan at 1,284, respectively. The Boys and Girls team total combined gave New Canaan the edge with 2,410-points, followed by the Dolphins at 2,332 and Wilton at 2,046.
Lynch took golds in the 200-Individual Medley lowering her State Record to 2:01.53 and claimed wins in the 400-Individual Medley; 500-Freestyle, 1000-Freestyle and 200-Breasttsroke with respective times of 4:20.15; 4:57.40; 10:08.70 and 2:15.50. Lynch also took silver in the 200-Butterfly at 2:05.80.
Mullen took gold in the 11-12 year old 100-Individual Medley at 59.43; the 100-Breaststroke at 1:07.25 and the 200-Breaststroke at 2:27.54. Mullen was second in both the 50-Breaststroke at 31.34 and 50-Freestyle at 24.28 and was third in the 100-Free at 53.39.
Lazar took gold in the 200 and 500-yard Freestyles in the 10-and-under group with respective times of 2:14.48 and 5:50.30. Lazar won silver in the 50-Free, 100-Individual Medley and Freestyle events at 27.61, 1:10.79 and 1:01.16 as well as sixth in the 200-Individual Medley at 2:34.93. Age Group teammate, Payton Foster touched first in the 100 Individual Medley at 1:10.28.
Murphey dominated the 10-and-under age group Breaststroke races, with wins in the 50 and 100-yard events at 36.48 and 1:18.92. Ruh touched first in the 200-Freestyle at 1:47.22.
The 10-and-under quartet of Lazar, Foster and Sydney Jee and Rory Keller claimed group relay races with wins in the 400-Freestyle (4:19.00); 200-Medley (2:08.59) and 400-Medley (4:46.73).
The Dolphins 13-14-year old 400-Medley team of Samantha Ennis, Lynch, Claire Michalik and Christine Flood posted a time of 3:55.84 to win gold.
Other Dolphins’ girls reaching the medal stand included: Christine Flood, 14, who was third in the 200-Freestyle at 1:55.45. Payton Foster, 10, was second in the 50-Back, 100-Butterfly and 200-Individual Medley with respective times of 32.17, 1:09.89 and 2:30.41. Sydney Jee, 10, was second and third in the 50 and 100-Breastrsoke with times of 35.94 and 1:20.99. Rory Kelley, 10, was third in the 50-Back at 32.33. Claire Michalik, 14, was third in the 100-Backstroke at 58.24.
Other Dolphins scoring in the top 10 on the Boys side included: Alexander Hazlett, 13, who was fourth in the 200-Free (1:50.58); fifth in the 100-Free (51.14) and eighth in the 400-IM (4:24.89); Mark Merson, 14, was sixth in the 50-free (23.43).
Top 10 swimmers on the girls side included Ava Baine, 10, who was eighth in the 100-Fly (1:14.77); ninth in the 100-Free (1:05.12); tenth in the 200-Free (2:22.77). Insley carpenter, 14, was eighth in the 200-Breaststroke (2:29.99); Daphne Edwards, 12, was ninth in the 200-Butterfly (2:25.85); Samantha Ennis, 13, was sixth in the 100-Backstroke (59.15); eighth in the 200-Backstroke (2:08.90); Christine Flood, 14, was sixth in the 500-Freestyle (5:13.30); seventh in the 100-Backstroke (59.39); Payton Foster, 10, was second in the 50-Backstroke (32.17); 100-Butterfly (1:09.89) and 200-Individual Medley (2;30.41) as well as fourth in the 50-Butterfly (31.03).
Alexander Hazlett, 13, was fourth in the 200-Freestyle (1:50.58); fifth in the 100-Freestyle (51.14); eighth in the 400-Individual medley (4:24.89). Sydney Jee, 10, was second in the 50-Breast (35.94); third in the 100-Breast (1:20.99); seventh in the 100-Individual Medley (1:13.12); eighth in 200-Freestyle (2:22.26). Rory Keller, 10, was third in the 50-Back (32.33); fourth in the 500-Free (6:07.25); seventh in the 200-Free (2:20.57).
Mark Merson, 14, was sixth in the 50-Free (23.43) and ninth in the 100-Free (51.82). Claire Michalik, 14, was third in the 100-Back (58.24); fourth in the 100-Breast (1:08.16); fifth in the 200-Indvidual medley (2:07.42); 100-Butterfly (58.78) and 50-Freestyle (24.93) and seventh in the 100-Free (53.96).
Andres Ruh, 14, also took second in the 50-Free (22.71); fourth in both the 100-Butterfly (55.22) and 500-Free (4:48.24).
Speaking of the championships Dolphins Head Coach Nick Cavataro, in his 40th season, commented, “This was a great two weeks for the team. We had many swimmers really respond to challenge of the situation with great competition. To see so many best performances and great racing was very satisfying.”
Four of the seven of the Dolphins head to Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend (Mar 30-April 2) for the 2017 Sunkissed Junior Senior Championships (formally the YWCA Junior Senior National Championships) as Dolphins’ 10-year olds Peyton Foster, Sydney Jee, Rory Keller and Penny Lazar head with the Connecticut All Star Team to the USA Easter Zone Championships at the Webster, NY Aquatic Center.
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