Fairfield County Swimming League Championship Event canceled for 1st time due to weather
Hundreds of swimmers waited in the rain at Roxbury Swim & Tennis Club Saturday morning hoping to have the opportunity to showcase their skills at the Fairfield County Swimming League Championship Finals.
Yet Mother nature had other plans.
Thunder and lightening that blanketed the area, forced the FCSL championship meet to be canceled, marking the first time in the event’s 70-year history that it was not held.
In year’s past, the meet was held in sunny, hot weather, but Saturday’s scenario was different. Though it was pouring, the meet could have taken place had there not been so much thunder and lightening in the area. The FCSL Championship Meet Committee waited until 9 a.m. to announce that the meet was not going to take place. It was scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.
“Watching the radar, we could see that there was a continuation of thunder and lightening,” said FCSL officers of the league president Kathy Sweeney. “This is the first time in 70 years something like this has happened.”
“Rain wasn’t an issue, but there were thunder cells coming through and in sight,” added Deb Ehret, who serves as FCSL officers of the league president, along with Sweeney. “The safety of the children is our concern.”
Thirty two teams would have competed in Saturday’s FCSL championships, which would have included 52 events with girls and boys swimmers in age groups from 8-and-under to 17-and-under.
Rocky Point Club from Greenwich won the FCSL title the past six summers.
When Saturday’s cancellation was announced, it was raining heavily, thunder was heard and lightened was flashing at Roxbury Swim & Tennis Club.
“It’s really disappointing, but there was just no other alternative,” said Rick Lewis, the officials chair of the FCSL championship committee and the coach of Woodway Country Club. “Thirty years ago, we had thunder toward the end of the meet with six events to go, so we had to stop and wait an hour-and-a-half until finishing. But nothing like this rain before.”
Saturday marked the conclusion of the FCSL swimming season.
“It was a great season,” Lewis said. “We were looking at some really fast times today from some people. Six county records were set in the divisional meets.”
Prior to Saturday’s scheduled FCSL Championships, the league’s divisional meets were held. Rocky Point Club won the FCSL Division I meet with a team score of 1,297.5 points. Newfield Swim Club was the runner-up (984.5).
Riverside Yacht Club claimed the Division 2 title (904.5), followed by Roton Point Club (882). Woodway Country Club was the Division 3 winner (844), with Stamford Yacht Club placing second (807).
Patterson Country Club was the Division 4 champion with 668 points and Weston Field Club finished second (656). In Division 5, Black Rock Yacht Club totaled a team-winning score of 1,117 points, followed by Aspetuck Valley Country Club.
Seven Fairfield County Swim League swimming and diving records were set this summer. Kate Hazlett, who is entering her senior year at Greenwich Academy, set records in winning the girls 17-and-under 50-meter short course butterfly (28.90 seconds), the 17-and-under 50-meter short course backstroke (30.22) and the 17-and-under 100-meter short course freestyle (57.90) at the Division 3 Championships at Burning Tree Country Club on Tuesday. Hazlett set the records for her Greenwich Country Club team.
Meghan Lynch, who is going into her sophomore year at Greenwich High School, broke an FCSL record for Newfield Swim Club at the Division 1 Championships at Middlesex Club on Tuesday. Lynch registered a record-setting/winning time of 34.01 in the girls 14-and-under 50-meter short course breaststroke.
Owen Tharrington of Patterson Country Club won the boys 10-and-under 25-meter butterfly in an FCSL record time of 15 seconds at the Division 4 Championships Monday at Patterson Country Club.
Kevin Bradley, a rising Norwalk High School senior, broke a pair of county diving records. Representing Shore & Country Club, Bradley won the boys 17-and-under 1-meter diving event at the FCSL championships with a record score of 424.65 at Patterson Country Club on July 27. Bradley, who won the CIAC State Open and Class LL diving titles for Norwalk this past season, also set an FCSL record in winning the county 17-under 3-meter diving title (418.20).
Also winning FCSL diving championships were George Callah (Wee Burn Country Club, 110.25, boys 10-under 1-meter), Ella Morris (Innis Arden Golf Club, girls 10-under 1-meter, 111.35), Declan Bannerton (Stamford Yacht Club, boys 12-under 1-meter, 167.6), Grace Yu (Belle Haven Club, girls 12-under 1-meter, 227.95, 12-under 3-meter, 200.85), Jacob Winston (Roxbury Swim Club, boys 12-under 3-meter, 149.8), Jack Holland (Patterson Club, boys 14-under 1-meter, 214), Sawyer Neyer (Newfield Swim Club, boys 14-under 3-meter, 191.05), Charlotte Frank (New Canaan Field Club, girls 14-under 1-meter, 257.8, 14-under 3-meter, 232.65), Claire Ross (Woodway Country Club, girls 17-under 1-meter, 337.3) and Julia Servas (Middlesex Club, 17-under 3-meter, 298.35).
In the FCSL dual meet standings, Rocky Point Club finished atop Division 1 with a record of 6-0. Millbrook Club was in first place in Division 2 (5-1, while Woodway had the best record in Division 3 (5-0). Patterson Club was 5-0 in Division 4 an Black Rock Yacht Club had a 4-0 record in Divison 5.