Swim 70 breaks record at Age Group Championships

Celebrating at the Connecticut Age Group Championships were (front row): Morgan Lenoce and Lily Kernaghan; (second row) Lilly Cumello, Esme Hunter, Lauren Daignault, Marissa Healy; (third row) Megan Phelan.

Celebrating at the Connecticut Age Group Championships were (front row): Morgan Lenoce and Lily Kernaghan; (second row) Lilly Cumello, Esme Hunter, Lauren Daignault and Marissa Healy; (third row) Megan Phelan.

Two Fairfield swimmers were part of the 13-14 year old girls record-breaking relay teams at the Connecticut Age Group Championships.

Lily Kernaghan (13) and Megan Phelan (14) are part of Swim 70, a Norwalk-based swim team that draws from many Fairfield County towns.The Swim 70 13-14-year-old girls relay teams broke each of the five state relay records this past weekend.

The record breaking started off with the 800 freestyle relay, one they were not favored to win. Samantha Kim of Weston, Morgan Lenoce of Westport along with Kernghan and Phelan beat the top seed Cheshire Seadogs and grabbed the state record with a time of 7:46.33.

Head coach Mark Sedlak said, “It was one of the most exciting races I’ve seen in my life. We were neck and neck the whole race until the last fifty yards. Then Megan Phelan took off and managed to hit the wall before the Seadogs did. Right then and there, I knew we were going to have a fantastic meet.”

On Friday night, Phelan and Kernaghan were joined by Marissa Healy and Esme Hunter, both of Westport, and the swimmers crushed the 400 freestyle relay state record time by almost four seconds with a time of 3:33.70.

Saturday night, the record breaking and winning continued.

Kernaghan along with Samantha Kim, Marissa Healy and Esme Hunter earned the 200 medley relay record and won by almost five seconds with a time of 1:47.17.

At the end of the night, the 200 freestyle relay team of Kernaghan, Hunter, Healy and Phelan combined to go 1:37.96 coming in first once again and beating the state record by almost a half a second.

Sunday night wrapped up the meet with the 400 medley relay with Hunter, Kim, Healy and Kernaghan once again taking the state record with a time of 3:54.46, beating the competition by a whopping 11 seconds.

This 5-for-5 sweep of state records was made that much sweeter when the teams learned on Tuesday that four of their relays were now in the top 20 in the country. As of March 15, Swim 70 13-14 200 free relay team is ranked 12th, 800 free is ranked 19th, 200 medley is ranked 12th and 400 medley is ranked 15th.

Megan Phelan, who turned 15 that day, said, “This is the best birthday present ever.”

Swim 70 doesn’t just have a talented group of 13-14 year old girls. In fact, the Swim 70 team won the CT Age Group meet in Chelsea Piers.

Other Fairfielders who contributed to this win were Emmett Adams (12), Tucker Ballou (12), Michael Cowenhoven (12), Lily Cumello (14), Quinn Cunningham (12),  Sophia Miller (10) and Nathaniel Taft (10).

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