RYE, N.Y. — On Carly Schwab’s first day of competition at the 87th annual Westchester County Swimming and Diving Championships, the 10-year-old won the 50-yard breaststroke and set a new meet record.
Schwab was at it again Tuesday, winning the 10-and-under 50-yard freestyle in her second consecutive event and equaling a record set in 1989.
Schwab, swimming for Sleepy Hollow Country Club, touched the wall in 27.15 seconds, a split second before Kate Douglass of the New York Athletic Club. Melissa Lavery established the earlier standard.
“When I touched the wall I heard the announcer say something, but I wasn’t sure if it was me,” said Schwab, a fifth-grader-to-be at Todd Elementary School in Briarcliff. “Once I got out of the pool. a girl told me I had just tied the record. I was happy and excited.”
It was the second consecutive night that Schwab and Douglass raced stroke for stroke. Douglass was seeded first and Schwab second coming into the freestyle final.
“I knew it was going to be a tight race, and it was neck-and-neck to the finish,” Schwab said. “Going into the race I was focused on keeping my arms longer and not breathing as much. When I took a breath, I was looking to the side to see where the other girls were.”