RYE, N.Y. – It did not take Lake Isle Country Club swimming coach Kevin Lavelle long to realize what his boys 10-and-under 200-yard medley relay team might accomplish Tuesday.
“Nick got us off to a fast start and Ryan, who won the 10-and-under breaststroke, followed,” Lavelle said of Nick Torres and Ryan Maierle. “After the first two legs I felt we were in a great position to win and great position to challenge the record.”
Not only did Torres, Maierle, Luca Quinones and Chris Torres challenge the record, they shattered it, winning the title in a meet-record time of 2 minutes 17.08 seconds at the 87th annual Westchester County Swimming Association “Counties” Championships at the pool at Playland Amusement Park in Rye.
The group, swimming this relay for the first time this summer, erased six seconds from the former standard of 2:23.84, held by the Anita Louise Ehrman Recreation Center foursome. Last year, Nick Torres, Maierle and Quinones won this event, and Lavelle said the team just missed the record.
This was not the only record Lake Isle established. Nick Torres returned later and won the boys 10-and-under 50-yard freestyle in a record time of 26.45 seconds, eclipsing the old mark of 26.58 seconds set by Taylor French in 1993.
“They were really focused going in and this was their goal,” Lavelle said. “They’ve been working together this summer. All four boys have swam all four strokes this summer, but they each have their specialty.”
Nick Torres led off and covered the backstroke in 31.31 seconds. Maierle handled the breaststroke in 38.46 seconds. Quinones swam the butterfly in 33.17 seconds, and Chris Torres brought it home with the freestyle in 33 seconds.
“The boys knew what the record was and they were excited when they got it,” Lavelle said. “It’s a great way to get the day started and set a really strong tone for us.”
And then Nick Torres added the exclamation point with his record-breaking swim.