SCARSDALE, N.Y. -- Caroline Scotti took a self-imposed break from swimming, but realized immediately, there was a void. I missed swimming, Scott said.
The 13-year-old Greenwich resident returned to the pool this summer, back with her Westchester Country Club teammates and having fun. Scottis enjoyment level increased Monday at the Westchester County Swim Conference Championships qualifier at Scarsdale Municipal Pool. Scotti shattered her previous best, this summer, by two seconds in the girls 14-and-under 100 freestyle. The eighth-grader-to-be at Convent of the Sacred Heart had a time of 58.54, placing her fifth and ensuring her a spot in the final, Thursday.
The top 16 swimmers and/or relay teams qualified for the Westchester County Swim Conference Championships at Westchester Country Club, Thursday, beginning 11 a.m. Prior to her Monday time, Scotti had a seeded time of 60.6 seconds, which was not to her liking. She attributes this to her time off. I havent swam since December with the Greenwich Dolphins and coach (Nick) Cavataro, Scotti said. Its easier to come back and swim during the summer because its fun and I have a lot of my friends swimming.
Going into her heat, Scotti said she did not have any particular time in mind. Instead, she wanted to improve her time. Coach told me to save up my energy for the last lap and thats what I did, she said. I just put my head down and went.
Scotti finished 1.5 seconds out of second place overall, which puts her in good position Thursday. My time was better than a minute which I was happy about, Scotti said. I didnt expect myself to make the final, but I am happy I did.
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