The Keene Family YMCA Dolphins won the Western Massachusetts YMCA Swim League District Championships recently with 1,537.5 points. Keene, which has never won the district championships, beat the runner-up Holyoke YMCA Vikings by 118.5 points. Last year the Dolphins finished second to Holyoke.
Teams from Westfield, Mass., Northampton, Mass. and Pittsfield, Mass., also competed at the meet in Holyoke.
The Dolphins were represented by 54 swimmers, with 145 swimmers in all competing. Makenna Knapp was the female high point-getter of the day, winning the 12-and-under girls 50-yard freestyle, 50 butterfly and 50 backstroke. Knapp’s younger brother, Cameryn Knapp, 8, won the 25 free, 25 breast stroke and placed third in Keene’s sweep of the 25 backstroke in which Calvin Cutler placed first and Owen Houghton was second. Cutler also placed second in the 50 free. Houghton won the 50 free and placed second in the 25 back and 25 breast.
In the 8-and-under girls division, Amelia Richardson placed second in the 25 free and Tenley Rea placed second in the 25 back. In 9-10 Girls, Catherine Hennigan won the 50 breast and placed second and third in the 100 free and 200 inidividual medley, respectively. Olivia Cutler placed third in the 50 breast.
In 11-12 girls, Gillian Frink placed second in the 200 and 500 free, while Savannah Rose took second in the 200 IM, third in the 100 Free and fourth in the 50 Fly. Kaya Gibson placed third in the 50 Free.
Keene’s 11-12 boys were led by Andrew O’Donnell, who placed second in the 200 free, 50 fly and 100 free. Brayden Rodgers placed second in the 50 free and 50 back. Colin Hennigan placed second in the 500 free and third in the 50 Breast. Dominic Smith placed second in the 200 IM and third in the 50 fly.
In 13-14 girls, Emily Croteau won the 200 IM and placed second in the 100 free and 100 back. Eliza Leach won the 100 back with a time of 1:08.78 and placed third in the 100 free. MK Farkas took third in the 100 back and 100 free. Jenna Condap placed second in the 100 breast.
In 13-14 boys, Leighton Paulsen won the 100 back and placed second in both the 100 free and 50 free. Braeden Scott placed second in the 100 back and third in the 100 free. In 15-18 girls, Sidney Curven won the 200 IM and 500 free, and Anna Hennigan won the 100 breast and placed second in the 100 free. Lily Brown placed second in the 200 IM and 100 fly and third in the 100 back.
Nineteen swimmers have qualified for the New England YMCA Championships, which are scheduled for March 20-22 at MIT’s Zeissiger Aquatics Center.