RYE, N.Y. — Jazmine Smith was looking forward to the girl’s 12-and-under 50-yard butterfly Tuesday at the 87th annual Westchester Counties Swimming and Diving Championships.
“The butterfly is a hard stroke to learn, but it is rhythmic and a lot of fun,” said Smith, 11, a seventh-grader-to-be at Horace Mann in Riverdale. “It is always fun when you win with a stroke that you really love.”
Smith, of the Greenburgh Swim Team, displayed her love for the stroke by winning the 50-fly, in a time of 28.44 seconds, for the second consecutive year at the pool at Playland Amusement Park in Rye.
Going into the preliminary heats, Smith was hoping to win it for a second consecutive year. She earned the No. 1 seed with the top preliminary time of 28.57 seconds.
“I felt good and ready to swim as soon as I dove in,” Smith said. “In the first half of the race I was trying not to breath so much. Then, in the second half of the race, I picked it up and gave it everything I had left.”
Smith was challenged by Lake Isle's Georgia Lazaroni, who finished second, and Allison Lemischack of Hastings Town Pool. However, Smith was not even aware of her opponents.
“I couldn’t see anybody because I was focused on the wall,” Smith said.