RYE, N.Y. -- The Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Team began the final night of the 86th annual Westchester County Swimming Championships in a good position -- third. What made this significant was Chappaqua was the highest-ranking team from the Northern Westchester Swim Conference.
When Thursday concluded, Chappaqua went one better. Chappaqua finished in second place with 202 points, behind champion Greenburgh Swim Team (217.5 points) at Playland Pool. Six-time defending titlist Lake Isle Country Club was third (191.5 points). This was Chappaquas highest finish in the county championships.
The boys and girls relay teams amassed 126 points to place first among this group and Katie Duncalf also brought home a first-place trophy, finishing with the high-point award (23 points) in the 17-and-under girls division.
When meet director Paul McClintock announced Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Team in second place, the team and their parents erupted with cheer. For us, its not all about winning, but being her together as a team, said Duncalf, 16, a junior-to-be at Horace Greeley. We are here to have fun being a family.
Duncalf said the team felt good about itself going into the final night of competition because of where it was -- in third place. We all said, We have to do this, Duncalf said. We were ready to show that even though we are a small team and other teams might know about us, we were going to do it together.
Duncalf was proud of what everyone on the team accomplished, and was especially proud of the relays. That was amazing, Duncalf said. We put more time into our relays than we do in the individual events. Every time our relays swam, we were going insane with enthusiasm.
Duncalf and her teammates were preparing to enjoy the remainder of the night on the Playland rides, but they were already thinking about 2012. This year was fun and next year we feel like we have a lot more potential, Duncalf said.
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