The Mamaroneck Swim & Dive Club (MSC) hosted their 4th Annual Summer Invitational on July 14, 2017. It was planned as an evening of fun and competitive swim races at the Hommocks Pool with visiting teams from Lake Isle Country Club and the Harrison Town Pool until threatening storms rolled in. The team had to move the event to the neighboring Hommocks Ice Rink for a pool party on ice!
MSC Coaches, Kat and Kevin Stuttle quickly switched their team’s line-up of swim relays to fun relays on the ice rink, as the cold surface was already converted to a gym floor for the resident Hommocks Summer Camp. T-shirt, skipping, crab and scooter races replaced the free-style, butterfly, breast and backstroke. Afterwards, the rink became an impromptu game area as teammates played with beach balls donated by Gelb Orthodontics.
Elsewhere in the rink arena, parents had a chance to catch-up with one another and enjoyed BBQ prepared by the Zehe Family, owners of Apiary in Larchmont and an MSC family. Larchmont’s James Lambert was DJ and filled the rink with summer sounds, which got kids dancing. KiKi’s Nation and Swim ‘n Surf set-up pop-up shops, selling the seasons’ latest swimwear and gear.
Jen Pollak, Aquatics Director for the Town of Mamaroneck Recreation Department, said, “It’s all fun and games tonight, but inside.” [We’re] just trying to raise a little bit of money, so we can do fun things with the kids.”
Sally Willert, MSC Invitational Chairperson, said, “It was not an easy decision to cancel the swimming portion of the event – we are a swim team after all! Despite the rain, we had a really nice turnout. Our volunteers and families were there in force and at the end of the evening, we left with a stronger sense of community.”
Jaine Elkind Eney, Deputy Town Supervisor for the Town of Mamaroneck, attends the invitational every year and said, “The success of the event was a testament to the organizers who, in the face of a rainout, created a wonderful indoor community event. The large enthusiastic turnout demonstrated the Mamaroneck Swim Club spirit and winning attitude.”
The team, comprised of girls and boys aged 6-17 years has had a series of winning seasons and is a 4x Division Champion. It went undefeated in the 2016 season and in the same year its head coach, Kat Stuttle, was named Westchester County Swim Conference’s “Coach of the Year.”
The success of the team has helped swell its ranks to over 120 members and it has had a waiting list the past two years. Several team members have gone on to medal at County and Conference Championships over this time.