SCARSDALE, N.Y. Inga DeNunzio stood near the pool at Rye Playland among the crowd of hundreds of swimmers, coaches and spectators.
The swimmers whom she coaches for the Scarsdale Swim and Dive Team would soon dive into the pool to take part in the county championships. But, more importantly, they were about to have a whole lot of fun.
The Scarsdale Swim and Dive Team lost every one of its dual meets this season and went down to Division II. But the county championship provides a chance for the swimmers to loosen up and enjoy themselves.
We just pretty much have fun at this point, DeNunzio said. A lot of our swimmers are year-round swimmers and this is a fun time. We get to hang out. They just get to kind of be themselves and not take things so seriously but still take them seriously enough. And they have a lot more fun.
The Scarsdale Swim and Dive Team was one of dozens to compete at the 87th Annual Westchester County Swimming Association Counties Championships, which began Monday at Rye Playland. The championships end Thursday.
DeNunzio has coached the team for seven years. Her swimmers competed in every event Monday except the girls 13-and-under relay.
Nana Kumagai swam at the Counties for the first time on Monday. She entered the pool for the girls 10-and-under 50-yard breaststroke, among other events, but had a small complaint when she warmed up in the afternoon.
Its pretty good, but the pool was a little bit dirty, Kumagai said with a smile.
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