The YMCA of Greenwich Marlins Swim Teams recently earned stellar marks at two different championships held the same weekend. The Marlins placed eighth out of 40 teams at the Connecticut Long Course Age Group Championships and 34th out of 68 teams at the YMCA Long Course National Championships held in Atlanta, Ga.
Of the 32 Marlins who attended the Connecticut Championships, a total of seven top 16 finishes were earned in individual events. Four individual first place finishes were earned by Eisuke Takahashi, Sophia Moore and Cristi Frias.
Takahashi took the 10-and-under boys 50- and 100-Meter Breaststroke titles, while Moore won the 11-12 girls 200-Meter Breaststroke. Frias took home the 15-18 girls 100-Meter Butterfly. The squad of Takahashi, Alex Ye, Nicholas Todorovic and Jason Marsella swept all four relay events in the 10-and-under boys age group in impressive fashion on their way to the first place finish, breaking three state records.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, 18 of the preliminary swims qualified for the final heats. Two standout performances were made by Iain Edmundson and Oscar Ike, both 16-years-old. Edmundson finished in the top 10 with a lifetime best of 2:26.66 in the 200-Meter Breaststroke, while Ike finished sixth in the 400-Individual Medley with a personal best time of 4:38.03. Both of those times qualified them for the USA Swimming Winter Junior Championships, which will be held this December in Greensboro, N.C.
"The YMCA is incredibly proud to have our athletes perform so well," says Jonathan Mayer, director of aquatics. "We all know how hard they work with each other and their coaches in order to achieve their personal best. With both young and experienced members of the team continuing to show improvement, it will be exciting to see what's in store for Marlins."