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Young Pelham Freestyle Relay Team Shines in Final

RYE, N.Y. -- Pelham Country Club had the youngest team entered in the girls’ 17-and-under 200 freestyle relay Thursday at the Westchester County Swim Conference Championships, but they swam beyond their years.

The quartet of Tara Deverna, Julia Doherty, and Kaitlin and Kiely Hartigan won the event, in a time of one minute 43.93 seconds at Westchester Country Club. The precocious group was a full two seconds faster than the runner-up.

Doherty is the veteran in the group at 16, Deverna is 15 and the Kaitlin and Kiely Hartigan are 14 and 13, respectively.

Westchester Country Club won its second consecutive title, finishing with 857.50 points. Lake Isle Swim Team was the runner-up (748.50 points) and Greenwich Swim Team was third (748 points).

“The girls came in second at the counties in the freestyle and medley relay so they really wanted to win today,” Pelham coach Greg Lau said. “I think everyone was surprised at how well they did at the counties. We were hoping for a top eight at the counties. They showed they were contenders and proved today they could win.”

The two second-place finishes motivated the girls to work even harder this week at practice. “They were working on their relay starts, turns and finishes,” Lau said. Prior to swimming in the 17-and-under relay, Kiely Hartigan swam on Pelham’s 13-and-under relay team.

“Kiely swam a better time in the 17-and-under relay,” Lau said. “This is a huge accomplishment for this relay team. The whole Pelham team did amazing and it was capped off by this amazing swim.”

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