As all outdoor activities were being cancelled because of wet miserable weather, Palisades-Malibu YMCA swimmers renewed their efforts in the rain and came up with new records, lowered times, and a fourth-place finish at the Westchester Orcas Meet last Monday and Tuesday at Loyola Marymount University’s outdoor pool. Paly coach Kameron Kennedy continues to work on technique and streamlining, resulting in faster times for his swimmers. In the boys’ 8-and-under category, Alexander Landau broke two Paly records. He swam the 50 Breaststroke in 48.17, finishing third overall and breaking the previous Paly record of 48.19 set by Michael Crosby in October 1988. Landau also smashed the previous Paly record in the 50 Butterfly (43.25 set by Brian Johnson in 1997) with a time of 42.36 to take second in the event. He also swam fourth in the 100 Individual Medley. Nicolas Green won three events: the 25 Breaststroke (23.91), the 50 Freestyle (38.33) and the 25 Backstroke (21.89), and finished second in two others, the 25 Butterfly (20.93) and the 25 Freestyle (16.98). Abe Mac got fifth place in the 25 Butterfly. Derek Chang took third in the 25 Breaststroke and fourth in the 50 Freestyle. The girls’ division saw Ellen Silka place third in the 100 Individual Medley and fifth in the 25 Butterfly. Six-year-old Joe Walker won the 25 Breaststroke (38.79), placed fourth in the 25 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle and was fifth in the 25 Freestyle. Paly’s 9- and 10-year-old girls were led by Catherine Wang who took first in six individual events: the 200 Individual Medley (2:39.69), 100 Freestyle (1:05.60), 200 Freestyle (2:23.26), 100 Breaststroke (1:22.15), 100 Backstroke (1:17.17) and 100 Individual Medley (1:14.93). She also finished second in the 50 Butterfly (33.40) and third in the 50 Breaststroke (38.36). Wang then anchored Paly’s 200 Freestyle Relay ‘A’ team (with Olivia Kirkpatrick, Mara Silka and Pamela Soffer) which placed second. Kirkpatrick placed fifth in the 50 and 100 Breaststroke events. Nicholas Edel took second in the 200 Freestyle (2:45.37) and fifth in the 50 Freestyle. The boys’ 200 Freestyle Relay team of Jordan Wilimovsky, Alistair Whatley, Christopher Soffer and Leland Frankel placed fourth. The boys’ 10 & Under 200 Medley Relay of Nicolas Green, Edel, Landau, and Frankel also took fourth. In the 11-12 age group, Alison Merz won the girls’ 100 Individual Medley in 1:12.12 and placed second in the 50 Freestyle (28.91). Jennifer Tartavull was second in the 200 Individual Medley and third in the 500 Freestyle, 100 Individual Medley and 50 Freestyle. Hayley Lemoine, Shelby Pascoe, Ana Silka and Tartavull won the 200 Freestyle Relay. Nick Karody, Jared Brown, Ben Lewenstein and Andre Santa Clara won the 13-14 boys’ 200 Freestyle Relay while Samantha Brill swam second in the 100 Backstroke and Erica Drennan won the 200 Backstroke in 2:33.43 in the girls’ 15-and-over division.
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