RYE, N.Y. As Isabella Weiner competed in her final girls 14-and-under event Thursday at the 87th annual Westchester County Swimming and Diving Championships, she wanted to make it memorable.
Weiner, representing the Chappaqua Swim and Dive Team, will always remember the 100-yard breaststroke after winning the title in 1:11.04 at the Playland Pool. She erased three seconds from her preliminary time of 1:14.36.
I was pretty pleased with my prelim time, but I knew I would have to go faster, said Weiner, 14, a freshman-to-be at Horace Greeley High School. Going into the final, I really wanted to win because I am going up an age group next year.
Seeded second going into the final, to Marissa Thompson of Ardsley Country Club, Weiner received a sage tip from Chappaqua coach Dan Levy.
He said that maybe I should take it out a lot faster and make it last throughout the race, she said.
Weiner listened to her coach. She stayed with Thompson through the first 50 and then made her move. Weiner took the lead with about 25 yards remaining and finished strong.
It feels really good, Weiner said of her county title.
Teammate Katie Duncalf finished second in the girls 17-and-under 100-yard backstroke in 1:02.61. The girls 13-and-under 200-yard freestyle relay team of Gaige Elms, Kristi Priscantelli, Hallie McManus and Margaux Weiner placed second, clocking in at 1:55.14.
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