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Larchmont Swim Team Enjoys County Championships

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

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

Dominick Galimi has coached at the Larchmont Yacht Club for 21 years and has been to the county championships each year. The unique atmosphere at the event, he said, is what keeps him coming back for more.

“The Yacht Club is a great place to be, but the Counties is … always a lot fun. There’s always enthusiasm,” Galimi said. “It’s team-oriented. It’s a great meet to come to.”

Galimi said the county championships offer a chance for his swimmers to unwind and enjoy being in the pool after a rigorous season.

“Everything’s so fast-paced with the season with so many meets that with so many people swimming, you have a little bit of time to kind of relax and see your friends and kind of just hang out and watch other people swim and not have to worry about dual meets and all these other things,” Galimi said.

Wednesday was “Red, White and Blue Day” at the Counties and many swimmers, coaches and fans dressed in patriotic attire and painted their faces. A few dedicated citizens even dressed in full Captain America costumes.

“People get into it,” Galimi said. “You see Captain America running around. I’m sure we’ll see a lot of other interesting things. It makes it fun.”

Larchmont Yacht Club sent approximately 50 swimmers to the county championships this year, including 16-year-old Bridget Johanson, who has swam for Larchmont since she was five years old.

Johanson has been to the county championships numerous times with Larchmont Yacht Club and has formed a bond with her club.

“They’re kind of like a second family,” Johanson said. “So we just come and have fun every year.”

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