Before heading off to Stanford University, where she will join the school’s storied swimming team in September, Meghan Lynch made a final appearance at the Fairfield County Swimming League Swimming Championships today at Roxbury Swim & Tennis Club in Stamford.
Lynch, a 2021 Greenwich High School graduate, has excelled each time she’s competed in the FCSL Championships, breaking numerous records with eye-opening swims since her first appearance in the meet as an 8-year-old in 2012.
Competing in the 17-and-under events, the 17-year old Lynch made her final FCSL competition one to remember. The soon-to-be Stanford swimmer finished first in three individual events and broke two FCSL/County records along the way.
A National Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association All-America swimmer all four of her years at Greenwich High School, Lynch, who represented Bailwick Club at today’s championship meet, set an FCSL/County record in winning the girls 17-and-under 100-meter (short course) individual medley. She posted a time of 1:04.66, breaking the previous record held by Olympian Alex Walsh, a former Greenwich resident. In 2016, Walsh registered a record time of 1:05.02 in the event. Walsh won the silver medal recently in the 200-meter individual medley at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“Getting the County record in the 100 IM was really exciting,” Lynch said. “I knew it was in reach, but my time was two seconds slower than the record going into the meet. Alex Walsh won the silver medal in the 2 IM in Olympics, so it was really exiting when I got it. That was really cool, especially with what she just did in the Olympics. To know that I’m kind of near her is cool.”
In the girls 17-under 100 freestyle, Lynch posted a winning/FCSL-record time of 57.52 seconds. Kate Hazlett, a Greenwich Academy graduate who swims at Harvard, held the previous record of 57.90, set in 2018.
“I swam here with Kate too, so getting that record was also cool,” said Lynch, who also competed in the 200-meter medley relay and the girls 17-under 50-meter breaststroke for Bailiwick today.
The 50-meter breaststroke saw Lynch touch the wall first in 34.35 seconds.
“The summer hasn’t really been strenuous, but it’s kind of nice to have a nice summer, because I’m going to be going really hard for four years when I get to college. I’m trying to relax a little this summer, since I’m going to be going hard. But I’ve also been training hard to stay in shape. This was something fun to do, I really wanted to do this and compete in this meet.”
In June, Lynch competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska.
“The Olympic Trials was a great experience, it was great being with all the top swimmers,” said Lynch, who keyed Greenwich High’s State Open, Class LL and FCIAC championship teams. “I had never been to a meet at that level. Of course, it was nerve-wracking, but it was really cool being able to swim at that pool where all the Olympians were swimming in.”
Lynch will depart for Stanford University in less than a month, as she will begin the next chapter of her swimming career.
“I leave around September 5th and we train on the 20th and then we just go the whole year,” she said. “I’m really excited, I’ve never trained with a ton of people at that level. But I’m excited to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to the team aspect of it. High School season was always the highlight of my years, so just going to meets with the whole team will be great. It’ll be fun to cheer with a ton of people there with me.”
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