Two qualify for zone championships

Kate Linell Samantha Kim

Weston Swimming members Kate Linell, left, and Samanthan Kim will represent their team at the Eastern Zone Age Group Championship this week in Richmond, VA. this month.

Two members of Weston Swimming have qualified to compete at the Eastern Zone Age Group Championship this week in Richmond, VA.

“I was really excited but scared,” said Kate Linell, 10, who qualified after competing at the Long Course Age Group Championship in late July in Cheshire. “It will be my first time going to a zone meet and I thought everyone will be faster than me.”

Linell qualified in the girls 10-and-under 50-meter breaststroke (44.93) and 50-meter butterfly (37.43). Teammate Samantha Kim qualified in three events: the girls 11-12 50-meter breaststroke (39.24), the 100-yard breaststroke (1:25.73), and the 200-meter breaststroke (3:00.46).

“My dad made sure I only watch the Olympics when I watched TV the past week,” said Kim, who has been inspired by the U.S. Olympic team’s performances. “They (U.S. Olympic swimmers) are all so fast. They are incredible and I only dream to be as good as they are.”

She had two favorite female U.S. Olympic swimmers in London. “I love Missy Franklin but also love Rebecca Soni because my favorite stroke is the breast stroke,” she said.

Swimmers have to meet certain times for their age groups in at least two events to qualify for the zone championships, which will be held Aug. 8-11 and include the fastest age group swimmers from Maine to Virginia.

“I hope to improve my times and have fun with other swimmers,” said Kim, who left on Wednesday for Richmond. Linell said she is also hoping to improve her times.

Ten swimmers from Weston Swimming qualified for the Connecticut Age Group Championship at Wesleyan University in Middletown. Swimmers from around the state have to meet certain times for their age groups in various events in order to make it.

Nathan Katz, Griffin Levi, Mitchell Levi, and Oscar Petersen. Matausz Babinski participated in two relays for 12-and-under boys.

Sophie Angus, Kim, Kate Linell and Petersen all qualified for the girls. Allison Pocsik and Charlotte Proceller also qualified but were unable to participate.

Caroline Collins, Victoria Gutowski, and Lydia Samson participated in two 13-14 girls relays.

Weston  had a total of 90 swimmers in the long course season, which began in April and involves competing in a 50-meter pool.

Registration for the  2012-2013 short course season is open now through Aug. 26. After that date, a late fee will apply.

All new and returning swimmers will participate in a three-day tryout session August 29, 30 and 31.  Regular practices start on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

For more information or to register visit

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