NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – Swimmers Harriet Rice and Nicole O’Leary entered the pool at Playland Amusement Park in Rye on Monday for the 87th annual Westchester County Swimming Association “Counties” Championships.
Rice and O’Leary belong to the Davenport Club in New Rochelle, one of dozens of clubs present at the championships.
Rice is in the county championships for the second time. The 13-year-old swam in the 100-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relay this year.
She said the competition is fun, but other factors came into play, as well.
“It’s crowded. Very,” Rice said. “(The pool) is nice. It’s different, though. It’s longer.”
“Crowded” was an apt description, as hundreds of swimmers, coaches and fans gathered around the pool and practically sat on top of one another.
O’Leary swam in the same events as Rice and has also been in the county championships in the past.
“It’s a lot of fun. I just love racing with everybody,” O’Leary said. “I really want to go for high points.”
O’Leary, 13, like many others at the meet, said the county championships are different from the usual events in which she swims.
“It’s just a lot more fun because you get a wide variety of different clubs,” O’Leary said.
Meaghan Fenn, the first-year head coach of the Davenport Club, said about 40 swimmers from her club entered the pool for the county championships.