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Stotesbery Leads WCC to Swim Conference Title

RYE, N.Y. -- Andrew Stotesbery held his boys’ 14-and-under high-point trophy and posed for a picture, waiting anxiously to join his joyous Westchester Country Club teammates. Once the photo session concluded, Stotesbery dove into the pool to celebrate the Westchester County Swim Conference Championship, Thursday at his home Club.

It was the second consecutive title for the host as it finished with 857.50 points to outdistance runner-up Lake Isle Swim Team (748.50 points) and Greenburgh Swim Team (748 points). Stotesbery finished with a perfect 60 points based on his victories in the 100 freestyle (50.43,) 100 backstroke (56.65) and 100 butterfly (55.41 seconds).

“It feels great,” said the 14-year-old Stotesbery, who is entering his sophomore year at Greenwich (Ct.) High School. “We wanted to hold onto to our spots today and the championship.”

Stotesbery had a huge hand in the title with his three swims. Going into the week, Stotesbery decided to switch from the breaststroke to the butterfly and it was a major factor. He finished with his best time of the summer and a full two seconds ahead of the runner-up.

“I haven’t swam in this in a while,” Stotesbery said. “I chose the fly because I felt strong in practice.”

Stotesbery grabbed the lead on the first lap and got stronger as the race progressed. Stotesbery was not Westchester Country Club’s lone champion. Tim Perley won the boys’ 17-and-under breaststroke in a record time of 59.14. He broke the old standard of 59.60 seconds, set last year by Alex Gianino of Lake Isle Swim Team.

Emma Madden won the girls’ 17-and-under 100 backstroke with a record time of 1:5.20. Madden eclipsed the former mark of 1:06.30 set by Marilee Kiernan (Bronxville Field Club) in 2003.

Tomas Delgado won the boy’s six-and-under 25-yard freestyle in 17.97 seconds after going 20.41 in the preliminaries. He also placed second in the 25 backstroke.

T. Speres edged Coveleigh Club’s Spencer LaFata in the boys’ 12-and-under 50 freestyle. Speres finished in 25 seconds to LaFata’s 25.14.

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