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Chappaqua Swim Team Has Record-Setting Summer

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. -- The Chappaqua Swim & Tennis Team had a summer season for the record book. Chappaqua won the Northern Westchester Swim Conference Division I title, with a 4-1 record, and followed it with its most successful showing ever at the Westchester County Swimming Championships. Coach Dan Levy and his swimmers finished second, with 202 points, the team’s best finish, and 84 points better than its previous high of 118 in 2005.

Last year, Chappaqua finished sixth. Chappaqua was the only Northern Westchester team to finish among the top 10. At the conclusion of Tuesday’s events, Chappaqua was in first place. The girls’, led by Katie Duncalf, finished second in their division, only five points shy of top-finisher Greenburgh Swim Team. Duncalf was also the 17-and-under girls‘ high-point winner. The boys also had a strong showing, finishing fourth.

“Going into the counties we knew we had some strong swimmers who were going to make top eight, and they did, but the difference was our relays,” said Levy, now in his 13th year. “All of our swimmers went above and beyond what they needed to do. They raised their level at counties.” Chappaqua finished with 126 points in the relay events, 18 points better than runner-up Greenburgh Swim Team. The 17-and-under and 13-and-under boys’ won the freestyle relay, the girls’ won the 13-and-under and 17-and-under medley relay. The boys’ 10-and-under freestyle and medley relay teams finished in the top eight.

Members of the winning boys’ relay teams were, Henry Simon, Christopher Koster, Jake Rosenbloom and Tommy St. Vincent (17-and-under) and John Koster, Adam Quine, Kevin Posner and River Elms (13-and-under). Wyatt Yates, Ellis Ritchie, Steven Pearce and William Crainer comprised the 10-and-under boys’ relay team.

“Not only did our relays do better than I thought we would do, the depth in our lineup gave us some really good times,” Levy said.

At the conclusion of the county championships, Levy found himself in an unfamiliar position. He had to delay the swimmers going to Playland so they could accept their awards. “We took home seven trophies which thrilled the team,” Levy said. “The smiles on everyone’s faces at the awards ceremony was great. I am so proud of them.”

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