YWCA Dolphins Shine in Charlotte

Meghan Lynch, Aiden Bucaria, Penny Lazar proudly show their medals. Photo courtesy Coach Nick Cavataro

Sparked by three division high point awards and more than 48 medals, including 28 gold medal efforts, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins Swim Team closed out the 2019 Sunkissed Junior-Senior Swimming Championships of the USA with a decisive second place finish.

The Dolphins contingent accumulated 1,984-points, in the three and one-half day, 60-event program. The meet formally known as the YWCA National Championship meet, was held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina.

The defending champions, Empire Swim Club of New York won their tenth consecutive title with 3,658 points. The Zeus Swim team of Norwalk (1,369); Montclair YMCA of New Jersey (1,151); YWCA Flying fish of Illinois (918) and the host Team Charlotte (866) rounded out the 16-team field.

The Dolphins’ high point winners included Meghan Lynch, 15, who was the only swimmer of the 650 competitors to win all 6 individual races. Lynch – swimming in the Senior Open division took home gold in the 200-Freestyle at 1:48.94; 500-Free at 4:51.26; 1000-Free 10:02.40; the 200-Individual Medley at 1:59.86; 200-Breast at 2;12.29; and, the 400-IM at 4:13.71, all in meet record time.

Penny Lazar, 12, swimming in the 13-and-under Junior Division took home four golds, a silver and bronze medals. Lazar’s wins came in the 100-Free at 54.43; 200-Free at 1:56.14; the 500-Free at 5:06.50; 200-Butterfly at 2:10.06. Lazar took silver in the 100-Backstroke at 1:01.61 and Bronze in the 200-Back at 2:11.93.

Aiden Bucaria, 13, grabbed four golds and a pair of silver medals in his six races. The golds came in the 200-free at 1:52.35; 200-IM at 2:05.44; 200-Breast at 2:18.58 and 100-Free at 50.85. The silvers were in the 100-Breast and 50-free with respective times of 1:04.94 and 23.40.

Kate Hazlett, 18, swimming in her last Dolphins short course meet grabbed individual five golds taking the top spot in the 50-Free at 22.99; 100-Free at 50.11; 100-Back at 54.56; 100-Butterfly at 55.15 and the 200-Back at 1:59.00 as well as fifth in the 100-Breaststroke at 1:05.80.

Abby Bleil, 13, won the Junior 100-Breast at 1:07.61 and took silver in the 200-Breaststroke at 2:26.16.

The Dolphins Senior Girls quartet of Samantha Ennis, Lynch, Hazlett and Samantha Scott took gold in the 200-Medley Relay at 1:45.30. The 400-Free Relay took gold with Lynch, Scott, Madeleine Holden and Hazlett combining for 3:25.93; and, Lynch, Scott, Avery Sammons and Hazlett won in the 200-Free Relay at 1:35.20.

The Junior Girls relays dominated, taking gold in all four events. Rory Keller, 12; Bleil, Lazar and Anabelle Guarnera, 13 clocked at 1:54.18 in the 200-Medley Relay; the quartet of Keller, Bleil, Lazar and Campbell Steere, 13, won the 400-Medley at 4;10.13. the 200-Free Relay team of Guarnera, Percy Wayne, 13, Daisy Decker, 13, and Lazar touched forts at 1:42.53 as the quartet of Lazar, Steere, Wayne and Guarnera won the 400-Free Relay at 3:41.86.

The Dolphins’ Senior Boys quarter of Max Meissner, 15; Alexander Hazlett, 15; Parker Scott, 17; and Ryan Jee, 15, took third in both the 400-Medley at 3:31.07; 200-Medley at 1:35.67 and 400-Free Relay at 3:10.79.

Other Dolphins winning Medals included: Ava Baine, 12, took silver and bronze in the 100-Butterfly (1:02.48) and 200-Butterfly (2:17.26) respectively. Alexander Hazlett, 15, claimed silver in the 200-IM (1:55.41) and 100-Free (47.66) and bronze in the 50-Free (21.64) and200-Free (1:41.96). Max Meissner, 15, took bronze in the 400-IM (4:09.02); Parker Scott, 17, took silver in the 100-Butterfly (50.87); Samantha Scott, 17, gained silver and bronze respective in the 50 and 100-Free at 23.80 and 51.63). Campbell Steer, 13, took gold in the 100-IM (1:03.43); silver in the 200-IM (2:16.16) and Bronze in the 100-Breast (1:08.33).

Other Top 15 scorers included: Jane Cary, Daisy Decker, Samantha Ennis, Annabelle Guarnera, Sarah Huber, John Jee, Ryan Jee, Rory Keller, Helena Kennedy, Audrey Lin, Matthew Lourenco, Brendan O’Brien, Emma Robinson, Willa Sarcone and Percy Wayne.

Other participants included: Olivia Baine, Caitlin Bedell, Mitchell Goldstein, Ellie Holden, Madeleine Holden, Olivia Knapp, Francesca Maldonado, Emma Marshall, Luke Merrill, Emma O’Connor, Daniela Pompa, Julia Pujadas, Emma Robredo, Avery Sammons, Ben Schinto, Alessandra Serbaroli and Jack Wolpers.