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New York Athletic Club In Pelham Enjoys Counties

PELHAM, N.Y. – Swimmers from the New York Athletic Club descended on the pool at Rye Playland for day three of the 87th Annual Westchester County Swimming Association “Counties” Championships on Wednesday.

Club teams from throughout the county gathered for the four-day event, which runs from Monday to Thursday.

Kevin Carolan has coached at NYAC for 13 years and has gone to the county championships each year. The tradition and enthusiasm for the event is what keeps him coming back for more.

“It’s a great meet. It’s got tremendous amount of history,” Carolan said. “You just look around the pool right now and see all the kids having fun and competing at a high level. That always gets coaches excited.”

A steady rain fell on the swimmers and coaches on Wednesday, which was “Red, White and Blue Day” at the county championships. Many of those in attendance dressed in patriotic colors, painted their faces and sprayed their hair.

Captain America, several, in fact, stopped by to check out the events.

“Captain America is on the pool deck so I think we’re all safe,” Carolan joked. “I don’t think anything bad will happen to us tonight in here.”

NYAC sent 20 swimmers to the county championships this year, including 10-year-old Kate Douglass, who made her second trip to the county championships this year. The swimmer said this year’s event is different because many of her friends aged up, so she is now swimming with different teammates.

And she, like many others at the event, noticed one dedicated patriot.

“Yeah, there was a Captain America,” Douglass said.

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