Sparked by a dozen individual, first-place finishes and a combined 20 second and third-place performances, the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins swim team finished a strong second in the team standings at the 2018 Sun Kissed Invitational Junior-Senior Meet last weekend in Charlotte, N.C.

The Dolphins accumulated 1,712.5 team points in the four-day event held at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in downtown Charlotte. The 10-time defending champion Empire Swim club out of White Plains, N.Y., took the top team spot with 3,342 team points. The host team, Charlotte, placed third with a team score of 1,199, followed by the Chicago-based YWCA Flying Fish (1,175). Nineteen teams and 650 swimmers ages 11-18 competed in 66 events in 13-and-under Junior and Open class groups.


Said Dolphins coach Nick Cavataro: “This was a great team effort and we are very excited with 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 14-year-old Meghan Lynch.

Hazlett, a junior at Greenwich Academy, claimed the gold medal 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 seconds. Hazlett also placed first in the 100 backstroke (54.74), the 100 butterfly (55.79) and 200 backstroke (1:57.39). She was also fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.27).


Lynch, a Greenwich High School freshman, won the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 1:03.50 and 2:15.00, respectively. She also touched the wall first in the 200 and 400 individual medley events with times of 2:00.80 and 4:15.40. Lynch also placed second in the 200 freestyle (1:49.63) and 500 freestyle (4:53.07).

In the Senior Boys Division, Ryan Lynch, a Greenwich High senior, was third in the 200 individual medley (1:57.40) and was fifth in both the 400 individual medley (4:10.60) and 200 breaststroke (2:08.99). Lynch also claimed a pair of sixth-place points with times of 1:00.49 and 48.26 in the 100 breaststroke and freestyle events, respectively. He also took eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:45.46).

Tommy Lewis, 16, also a GHS student, claimed three bronze medals in the 100-breaststroke (58.39), 200 breaststroke (2:08.50) and 200 individual medley (1:56.50). He was also fifth in the 100 backstroke (54.04) and took seventh in the 50 freestyle in 21.90.

Action in the Junior Girls group saw Victoria Liu, 12, win the 200 backstroke in 2:10.30. She finished second in the 100 backstroke in 1:01.31 and the 100 individual medley (1:03.57). Liu was also third in the 200 IM (2:16.43), fourth in the 500 freestyle (5:23.36) and sixth in the 200 freestyle (2:02.51).

Penny Lazar, 11, posted third-place finishes in the 500 freestyle (5:22.83), the 100 freestyle (55.95) and placed fourth in the 200 freestyle (2:01.50). She also had a fifth-place finish in both the 100 butterfly (1:04.30) and the 200 butterfly(2:25.58).

Other Dolphin scorers in the championship heats in the Senior section included: Samantha Scott, 16, who took silver in the 50 freestyle in 24.05. She finished third in the 100 backstroke in 57.31, and fourth and fifth respectively in the 100 freestyle (52.72) and 200 backstroke (2:06.84). Alexander Hazlett, 14, took third in the 100 breaststroke (59.34) and fifth in the 200 IM (1:57.03). He also placed eighth in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:48.47. Samantha Ennis, 14, was fourth in the 100 backstroke (57.34), while Max Meissner, 14, was sixth in the 400 IM in 4:16.85.

Ryan Jee, 14, finished sixth in the 400 IM in 4:16.26 and Parker Scott, 16, placed third in 100 butterfly with a time of 51.69. Sophie Jahan, 17, was sixth in the 50 freestyle in 24.44.

Other Dolphins in the Junior Championship heats included Payton Foster, 11, who won the 200 butterfly in 2:20.40 and was third in both the 200 backstroke at 2:13.60 and 100 backstroke (1:03.02). Foster was also sixth in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.13. Emma Robinson, 13, took silver in the 200 buttrfly (2:20.67) and was third in both the 100 butterfly and individual medley events with respective times of 1:04.88 and 1:03.55. Ava Baine, 11, placed fourth in the 200 butterfly, registering a time of 2:23.01. Rory Keller, 11, was sixth in the 200 backstroke, clocking in at 2:18.63 and eighth in the 100 backstroke in 1:05.49. Campbell Steere, 12, was seventh in the 100 breaststroke in 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 relay. 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.