For a two-year old team, Swim 70’s swimmers have racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. The Norwalk-based team are led by coaches Mark Sedlak, Betsy Matheney and Dave Fine. Swim 70 swimmers have earned top finishes during this year’s state championships in March and July.
“We have had a great year,” Sedlak said. “Our kids have grown individually as swimmers. However, I am proudest of the fact that we have a great team spirit. Swimming is often viewed as an individual sport, but the team aspect is very important as well.”
Swim 70 started out the Long Course season with great expectations. after achieving first place team finish in the short course Connecticut State Age Group Championships in March.
The 13-14 girls earned state records in every single one of the five relays. The 800 free relay is currently ranked 18th in the US. Not to be outdone, the 11-12 boys medley relay is ranked 17th in the nation.
“Our swimmers scored many points individually with top sixteen finishes just about every race,” Age Group coach Matheney said. “But the success of our boys and girls relay teams really shows how deep our roster is. You need each swimmer to excel in order to succeed at the state and national level like we did. You cannot just have one star on the team to achieve that type of success.“
The Connecticut Long Course season ended on a high note with the Senior Championships and the Age Group Championships. At the Senior Championships, each Swim 70 competitor earned a spot in the top 16 in at least one event.
“More importantly, everyone earned a personal best time for themselves and their team,” Sedlak said. “It was great to see them rise to the occasion with great swims and cheer on their team mates.”
By the end of the long weekend of competition, Samantha Kim of Weston, Esme Hunter, Marissa and Kenzie Healy of Westport and Megan Phelan of Fairfield achieved times which qualified them to attend the Futures Meet in Maryland.
The next weekend was CT Long Course Age Group Championships, and Swim 70 swimmers continued to swim well.
“We had a very successful CT Age Group meet,” said Fine. “Our kids continued to demonstrate the skills they learn in practice each day. Whether it was a nine year old or a fourteen year old swimmer, they came to swim fast, they came to win and they came to have fun.”
Top 10 finishes were achieved by Viv Freitas of Milford, Fairfielder’s Owen Tharrington, Sophia Miller, Nathaniel Taft, Emmett Adams, Michael Cowenhoven, Lily Cumello and Tucker Ballou; Ben Bognon of New Canaan; Lauren Daignault, Miranda Hanlon, Alejandra Roldan and Liam Ireland of Norwalk; and Westporter’s Rian Hermann, Sven Hermann, Esme Hunter, Morgan Lenoce, Parker Lenoce, Jack Rogers, Maddux Little, Jaden Little and Sean Rogers.
The season wraps up for Age Group swimmers at the multi-state Eastern Zone Championships this weekend, where the CT Zone team, featuring 11 Swim 70 members, competes against top swimmers from Virginia through Maine.
Swim 70 will be resuming its competitive season later this month. It will be holding tryouts for new team members in August.
“I suspect with the Olympics just around the corner, we will have a large group of new swimmers trying out for our team,” Sedlak said. “We enjoy having use of an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a top-notch facility.”
Co-president of the Parent Board Colleen Phelan said, ““The facility is state-of-the-art, but the coaching is the best. They are excellent technical coaches and they are funny and wonderful mentors to our swimmers too.”