YONKERS, N.Y. Members of the Ossining Spartans Swim Team competed with 100 swimmers in 16 freestyle events Saturday in a Westchester-Fairfield Swim League (WFSL) meet hosted by the Yonkers Tsunami Swim Team at the Yonkers Montessori Academy.
"I am so proud of how the team has grown since our beginnings three and a half years ago, Spartans head coach Mike Kane said. I remember our first year when I went to the WFSL Championships with seven swimmers. This year we hope to place over 50 swimmers on the championship finals squad."
The meet included top teams form Yonkers and league powerhouse Rye YMCA in freestyle events, many of which were "open" events not graded by age. Overall, Spartan swimmers posted notable time drops in these events, reflecting the consistent improvement in competitiveness seen this season.
Katie Flynns time of 1:05:38 earned a first-place in the girls 12-and-under 100-yard freestyle, with Sammy Englebracht placing fourth and 10-year-old Sammy Novo taking fifth overall with an impressive time drop of nearly six seconds in his personal best.
In the boys 12 & under 100 freestyle, Nico San Martin took first in 1:00:37, followed by Thomas Overacker in fourth place with a time drop of four seconds. Alex Carrazzone came in 11th place, Gavin De Maine in 14th position with a drop of four seconds, Yousef Kamal in 17th and Daniel Browne finished 19th with a drop of eight seconds.
The 500-yard free, ground out over 6 to 8, comprised the heart of the meet, with all ages competing together. In the girls' 17-Under, Caroline Overacker, 14, placed fifth overall in 6:40:18; Mollie De Maine, 15, finished sixth in 6:42:39; Emma San Martin, 11, took seventh in 6:42:75; Emma Del Principe, 14, took 10th; and Stella Meyerhoeffer, 8, grabbed 11th in an impressive 7:06:98.
Nico San Martin, the youngest competitor in the boys 500, raced to a second place finish in a field of 11 swimmers with a time of 5:46:22, an 11-second drop from his seed time and only 12 seconds off the 16-year-old winner. James Cevasco, 13, took 10th in the event with a time of 6:49:03.
In the girls 8-and-under 50 free, Sofia Bado, 8, took second in 39:48 and Gabby Santana, 8, took ninth spot in 41:70 with a four-second drop. Six-year-old Ivonne Gomez took 15th in 51:11 with a three-second improvement and Kaia Helmers took 16th.
Eleven boys swam the 8-under 50 free, with Yousef Kamal, 7, taking second in 38:83, dropping his seed time by a second and finishing only five hundredths of a second behind the older winner. Mathias Gomez took tenth.
The girls open 200 free featured competitors ages 8-15 and times were more significant than places. Of the 38 girls swimming, Mollie De Maine, 15, placed fifth in 2:23:85 and Katie Flynn, 12, took seventh in 2:28:07, dropping her seed time by 18 seconds. Caroline Overacker took 11th in 2:30:78, Emma San Martin, 11, took 14th in 2:35:02, Sammy Novo took 19th in 2:44:33 with a three-second drop, and Stella Meyerhoeffer, 8, finished 21st in 2:45:10. Katelyn Browne, 13, placed 22nd in 2:46:38, Emily Rocco, 8, took 26th, in 2:52:23, Adriana Pani, 13, 29th in 2:58:43, and Sarah Kamal, 9, took 30th in 2:58:95 with a drop of 4 seconds. Tara Tassio, 10, placed 34th with a time drop of six seconds and Marissa Lewis, placed 36th with a drop of 4 seconds.
In the boys open 200 yd. free event, Nico San Martin, 13, swam to third in 2:08:43 behind two older boys. James Cevasco, 13, took 13th and shaved three seconds off his time, followed by Thomas Overacker, 11, in 14th place with 2:37:74. Alex Carrazzone, 11, finished 20th in 2:56:95, Gavin De Maine, 10, in 23rd with an 18 second drop, Marcelo Galindo, 9, in 25th place dropping 15 seconds, and Daniel Brown, 10, in 27th place with a six second drop.
The distance events provide swimmers an opportunity to swim races longer than 100 yards, to demonstrate their endurance, and to learn new pacing strategies for longer races," Kane said. Distance meets are important because swimmers are rewarded for excellent technique rather than sheer power. If you do not have an efficient stroke you will not do well in longer events."
The Spartans next meet will be at the Joseph G. Caputo Community Center Pool in Ossining on Jan. 13 beginning at 5 p.m. Spectators are invited to attend this free event and see the Spartans in action.
From a report by Susan Gibbs de San Martin
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