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Swim 70ers From Westport, Weston Compete In National Short Course Meet

Parker Lenoce, Center Photo Credit: Contributed
13 14 girls and mark final: from left (girls in blue) Samantha Kim, Marissa Healy, Esme Hunter. Bottom, Lily Kernaghan, Mark Sedlak Photo Credit: Contributed
11 12 boys relay record breakers: From left: Emmett Adams, Michael Cowenhoven, Sean Rogers and Rian Hermann Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Age Group swimmers competing for Swim 70 ended the Short Course season with a bang when they recently competed in NCSA Age Group Championships in Orlando.

The Swim 70 swimmers went down to Florida a week after winning the Connecticut Age Group Championships, including five 13-14 girl's relays breaking state records and over 100 top 10 finishes.

“The NCSA Age Group Championship is a national meet that swimmers need to qualify for,” said Head Coach Mark Sedlak. “Our swimmers had to dig deep to compete at this level one week after our successful state championship meet. To earn a 4th place finish in a national meet is a great team achievement.”

Swim 70 is a Norwalk-based team that draws from many surrounding Connecticut towns. There were many Westporters who competed in this meet: Shaleigh Crombie, Morgan and Parker Lenoce, Rian and Sven Hermann, Jack and Sean Rogers, Esme Hunter, Mia Fraas and Marissa Healy.

The high point scorer of the team was Parker Lenoce. The speedy Westport 10-year-old captured first place finishes in the 200 yard IM, 100 yard back, and 50 yard back.

“Parker swam exceptionally well this weekend against top swimmers from across the country,” stated his coach Betsy Matheney.

The older swimmers also achieved great times. While swimming in Orlando, the 11-12 year old boys broke the Connecticut resident 400 Medley relay record, earning a first place with a time of 4:05.49. The relay made up of Westporters Rian Hermann and Sean Rogers along with Fairfielders Emmett Adams and Michael Cowenhoven just out-touched Rockville Mongomery Swim Club, based in Maryland. These same four boys also earned first places in the 200 yard Medley relay, 200 yard free relay, and 2nd place in the 400 yard free relay.

“This group of boys really developed this year and they have a great team spirit,” said Sedlalk.

Westport boy swimmers who achieved top 20 times were: Jack Rogers, Sven Hermann, Sean Rogers, and Rian Hermann.

The 13-14 Girls relays also achieved top spots: Westport’s Esme Hunter and Marissa Healy along with Samantha Kim of Weston and Fairfielder Lily Kernaghan earned first place finishes in 200 yard Medley and 400 yard free. A second place finish was achieved by Hunter, Healey, Kernaghan and Westport’s Mia Fraas in 200 free relay. The 400 yard medley relay also took second place with Hunter, Healy, Kim and Kernaghan.

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