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Scarsdale's Thompson, Boys' Relay Team Win Titles

RYE, N.Y. -- Bebe Thompson had been very successful in her last three performances at the Westchester County Swimming Championships . The 13-year-old Scarsdale eighth-grader-to-be won the high-point award last year in the 12-and-under girls division and did the same when she competed in the 10-and-under division.

The Scarsdale Municipal Pool swimmer was stepping up an age class, but it did not faze Thompson.

Thompson won the 13-and-under girls’ 200 individual medley at the 86th annual Westchester County Swimming Championships Wednesday at Playland Pool. The meet will conclude Thursday, beginning at 4 p.m.

Thompson also placed top eight in the 14-and-under girls’ 100 butterfly. The 17-and-under boys’ 200 medley relay team of Colin Hogan, Chris Shannon, Matthew Ginsberg and Sivan Mehta won their heat in a new meet record time of one minute 48.51 seconds. They eclipsed the former standard of 1:49.04 set by theb Greenburgh Swim Team in 2007. They went one better, winning the final and breaking their own record with a time of 1:47.26.

Thompson understood she and her opponents would only have one race because each heat was timed. The swimmer with the fastest time would be the winner.

“You have to be a lot more prepared because you don’t have that second race,” Thompson said. “I wanted to go in, do my best and have fun.” Thompson breezed through the backstroke and butterfly, giving herself a good lead heading into the final 100. Thompson, who said the breaststroke is not her strongest stroke, had a good 50 and drove it home in the freestyle.

“My splits were what I was looking for and that makes me pretty happy,” Thompson said. Scarsdale coach Inga DeNunzio was very proud of her relay team and was looking forward to their swim in the final.

DeNunzio didn’t even tell the boys about the record because she wanted them to remain focused on the final. “I am happy that they get along the way they do, act as well as they do and swim as well as they do,” said DeNunzio, a former track and field standout at Scarsdale.

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