The 2015 winter swim season closed on a high note for the Mandell JCC Sharks Swim Team – first-time winners of the Central Connecticut Winter Swim League (CCWSL) championship. Coming off their league win, the Sharks competed in the CT Regional Championships, where they logged multiple best times. The team rounded out their season with a Top Ten finish at the CT Swimming’s Age Group Championships, aka State Championship for Youth Swimming. In addition, the Sharks’ Mason Revis went off to compete in the NCSA Juniors Meet, one of the most competitive meets in the country.
At the CCWSL Championship the Sharks had 29 first place winners and two league records were broken in the both the girls and boys 200 Medley Relays by swimmers Maddie Hagberg, Charlotte Otis, Sammy Hagberg, Tahlia Crowley, Ethan Brown, Jamie Amell, Jett Rosner, and Will Layden. Event champions were Lucy Benoit, Allie Keith, Kali Dominguez, Hannah Ganey, Carson Raisner, Tyler Grubelich, Owen Brown, Gavin Sherry, Ethan Brown, Jamie Amell, Jett Rosner, Will Layden, Victoria Laydenm, Mackenzie Headley, Maddie Hagberg, Charlotte Otis, Sammy Hagberg, Tahlia Crowley, Alissa Palmer, Patrick Keith, Matthew Shea, Ian Harker and Ryan Arnold.
At the CT Regional Championships, 95% of Shark swimmers received best times. Regional champs were Bruno Casanova, Tyler Grubelich, Malone Revis, Erika DiPietro, Eva Ramey, Aeva Silverman, Quinlan Hinerfeld, Ben Zamstein, Lucy Benoit, Niklas Fink, Gavin Sherry, and Carson Raisner.
Most notably, the Sharks finished in the top ten in the CT Age Groups, with several individual finishes, including 10-year-old Kali Dominguez, who was 2015 CT Age Group champion in the 50 Fly. The team also had nine CT Zone Team qualifiers at the meet: Kali Dominguez, Allie Keith, Tahlia Crowley, Maddie Hagberg, Charlotte Otis, Aeva Silverman, Jamie Amell, Maddie Crowley and Patrick Keith.
CAP: At the CT Regional Championships (front row, l to r) Allie Keith, Charlotte Otis, Kali Dominguez, Maddie Hagberg; (back row, l to r) Jamie Amell, Aeva Silverman, Maddie Crowley, Tahlia Crowley, Patrick Keith.