RYE, N.Y. -- Nicole Parry began her Thursday by breaking a meet record at the 86th annual Westchester County Swimming Championships at Playland. The record she set did not last long because Parry went out in the final of the 12-and-under girls 50-yard freestyle and eclipsed it again.
Parry won the event in a record time of 24.89 seconds on the final night of the meet at Playland Pool. Parry also was the high-point recipient (30 points) in the girls' 12-and-under division. In her heat, Parry, 12, a Mamaroneck resident, touched the wall in 25.17 seconds, just shading the former standard of 25.19 seconds set in 1991 by Melissa Lavery.
I didnt even know about it until one of my friends told me, said Parry, an eighth-grader-to-be at Hommocks Middle School in Mamaroneck. I was excited about the first record, but I was calm.
As a result of her record time, Parry was seeded first in the final. I was kind of scared about that, but at the same time that pumped me up to swim, Parry said. Just before the race I had some butterflies but I knew I had to stay calm.
Parry got off to a great start, enabling her to take the lead immediately. Parry was challenged, but it did not deter her. It was pretty amazing, said Parry of winning and setting a record. It feels pretty good and is something I will always remember.
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