The Greenwich YWCA Dolphins, led by Head Coach Nick Cavataro, ranks among the top swim clubs in the U.S.
This week, the Dolphins received Silver Club ranking for 2018 by USA Swimming, moving the Dolphins into the top 100 clubs in the USA after four straight seasons of Bronze status.
“The Dolphins have worked hard to increase their competitiveness,” said Nick Cavataro. “The team was thrilled to be recognized this year as a Silver Club.”
Last weekend, YWCA Greenwich hosted the 17th Annual Greenwich Town Swimming Championship Meet at Greenwich High School.
The annual event is a highlight of the swim season with over 300 swimmers competing, including members of the famed Greenwich YWCA Dolphins, the YMCA Marlins, the Boys and Girls Club Barracudas, and the Sharks Swim team from Stamford.
The Greenwich Town Meet gives our local teams the chance to compete against each other as they prepare for meets across the state and country.
The YWCA Dolphins excelled in their performance with Meghan Lynch and Alexander Hazlett beating previous records.
Lynch’s 100-yard freestyle time in the 13-14 class of 52.76, lowered the mark she set last year at 53.76. Lynch also lowered her own mark in the 500-free to 5:00.72, from the 5:05.72 set last year. Lynch also took titles in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.18) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.56) and the 200 backstroke (2:08.06).
Hazlett, lowered the meet record in the 200 butterfly from 2:08.47 to 2:06.84, which his sister Kate Hazlett set in 2016. Alexander also broke one of the meet’s oldest records in the 400-individual medley swimming the distance to 4:24.2, nearly 4 seconds better than Eric Ronda did in 2009 at 4:28.16.
Hazlett, also claimed gold in the 100 freestyle (52.19) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.90).
Other multiple age group winners included 7-year old Kate Boutry, of the Dolphins who won the 25-free, back and butterfly with respective times of 15.61, 19.21 and 18.43.
The 8-and- under Boys group had Dolphins’ Gray Hinkle, 8, take gold in the 25 back and breast at 19.42 and 22.78, respectively.
The 9-10 Boys class saw William Schuhmacher of the Dolphins, 10, take titles in the 50 back at 35.55 and in the 50 breast at 41.33. Teammate Hanna Flakstad took gold in the 50 breast and 100 breast with respective times of 39.87 and 1:28.71.
The 11-12 class had Victoria Liu, 12, of the Dolphins win the 50 backstroke at 30.48 as well as the 50 breastsroke at 35.95. On the Boys side, teammates Zachary Chalnick and Aiden Bucaria, both 12, each grabbed a pair of golds.
Chalnick won the 50 backstroke at 33.14 and the butterfly at 32.81; Bucaria took the 50 free at 27.46 and the 50 breast at 36.78.
Ryan Jee, 14, of the Dolphins took a pair golds with a win in the 500 free at 5:18.72 and the 100 butterfly at 57.21.