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Pelham Swimmers Relax To Race At Conference Meet

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Maddie Hartigan and her Pelham Country Club swim teammates played cards, listened to music and relaxed in the shade Monday before jumping into the Scarsdale Municipal Pool to attempt to qualify for the next round of the Westchester County Swim Conference Championships.

"We try to relax between events, but we go hard when we get out there," said Hartigan, who joined teammates Sami Drew, Sarah Dunbar, Frances Kleiner and Bridget Deverna in taking the top spot in the girls 13-Under 200-yard freestyle relay. "We did a 1:49-something, and that's our best time by six seconds. I think we can do even better in the finals."

Ian and Alec Bidwell, Tanner McFarland and Kyle Deverna played cards and lounged between events.

"We listen to Eminem and other music, and that usually gets us motivated," Alec Bidwell said. "We play cards and try to relax. This meet isn't as intense as the county championship."

Pelham coach Greg Lau and his assistants seemed to be enjoying the atmosphere as their swimmers worked to qualify for the championship rounds Thursday at Westchester County Club. The top 16 places in each event qualify for the semifinals and finals.

“We’re getting to the end of the season, and this is a relaxed meet for the kids,” Lau said. “We’ll be out with the young swimmers (Tuesday) and they really enjoy this. Making the next round is the goal.”

The Westchester County Swim Conference Championships continue Wednesday at 9 a.m. at the Coveleigh Country Club in Rye with qualifying for 6- through 8-year-old swimmers and Wednesday at Orienta Beach Club for swimmers 17 and under.

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