Ossining Spartans Swim To North Conference Titles

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The Spartans relay team of (from left to right) Emily Rocco, Stella Meyerhoeffer, Tara Tassio, and Sarah Kamal.
The Spartans relay team of (from left to right) Emily Rocco, Stella Meyerhoeffer, Tara Tassio, and Sarah Kamal. Photo Credit: Kirsten Harzewski
Spartans Emma san Martin shows her team pride.
Spartans Emma san Martin shows her team pride. Photo Credit: Kirsten Harzewski
Emily Rocco dives in for an event at the Northern Westchester Conference meet.
Emily Rocco dives in for an event at the Northern Westchester Conference meet. Photo Credit: Kirsten Harzewski
Spartans swimmers wait for their event to begin.
Spartans swimmers wait for their event to begin. Photo Credit: Kirsten Harzewski

OSSINING, N.Y. -- The Ossining Spartans Swim Club won several events in Northern Westchester Swim Conference Division 4 meet Saturday at Pocantico Hills and went on to win several individual and team events and set records at Sunday's Northern Westchester Swim Conference All-Star Meet at Briarcliff Manor Municipal Pool.

"These kids have been watching the Olympics for two weeks, and (Saturday and Sunday) they swam in their own Olympics. This is the second year that we’ve broken league records here, and we’ve only been swimming in this league for two years.”

Twenty of the 28 compeiting Spartans swimmers won Divsion 4 titles, led by Stella Meyerhoeffer, Sarah Kamal, Emily Rocco and Tara Tassio, who won the 10-and-under 200-meter medley relay. The 14-and-under medley relay team of Alex Carlos, Vladmir Moise, James Cevasco and Nico San Martin took gold in their 100-meter event.

Spartans swimmers won six of 10 backstroke events. Serafina and Yohance Douglas won division championships in the 8-and-under 25-meter events and Meyerhoeffer and Matias Gomez won 10-and-under 50-meter backstroke titles. Emma San Martin and Alex Carrazzone swept the 50-meter backstroke titles for 12-and-under swimmers.

In the breaststroke, Sarah and Yousef Kamal won championship medals, with Yousef winning his 8-and-under 25-meter race and Sarah winning the 10-and-under breaststroke.

Lilly Pawliczak took the 8-and-under 25-meter butterfly, Yousef Kamal won his butterfly event and Emily Rocco was victorious in the 10-and-under butterfly.

In freestyle, the Spartans swept the division title in the 6-and-under category with Yvonne Gomez and Orien Douglas each winning Division 4 titles.

The Spartans' freestyle relay teams took gold in three of six age-graded events. The boys’ 8-and-under 100-meter relay team of Yohance Douglas, Yousef Kamal, Demetrios Gutierrrez and Ryan Roksvold took first and the 12-and-under girls’ 200-meter event went to Sammy Novo, Meyerhoeffer, Emma San Martin and Rocco. Nico San Martin, Vladmir Moise, Alexander Carlos, and James Cevasco capped off the relay wins in the boys’ 18-and-under 200-meter relay.

Spartans Break Records

At the championsip meet, the Spartans broke the 4-year-old league record in the 10-and-under girls’ 200-meter medley relay with Meyerhoeffer (backstroke), Sarah Kamal (breaststroke), Rocco (butterfly) and Tara Tassio (freestyle).

"It was an outstanding performance," Spartans' coach Mike Kane said.

In individual events, Yohance Douglas won the boys’ 8-and-under 25-meter backstroke title, Yousef Kamal took the 8-and-under breaststroke, Ivonne Gomez took the 6-and-under freestyle and Meyerhoeffer won the 10-andunder backstroke.

From a report submitted by Susan Gibbs de San Martin.

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@caveng97: Careful reading reveals that "Twenty of the 28 competing Spartans swimmers won Divsion 4 titles" and the byline "Spartans Swim Club won several events in Northern Westchester Swim Conference Division 4 meet Saturday at Pocantico Hills and went on to win several individual and team events and set records at Sunday's Northern Westchester Swim Conference All-Star Meet at Briarcliff Manor Municipal Pool" are exactly correct. Other than the editor's choice of describing the broken record at the "championship" meet (which, technically, was also true), I don't see any claim that the Spartans won a 'North County Title', just that individual swimmers won 'several' events. Clearly the purpose of the article, judging by the title, is to convey the accomplishments of the public, community team of the Town of Ossining as opposed to the accomplishments of private, exclusive clubs in the area.

Some facts you need to check: Torview Swim Club's swim team ( of Ossining) won the North County Title on Saturday at Pocantico Hills. Sunday's meet at Briarcliff was an all-star meet, not a championship.