The Westchester Orcas swim team has finished a successful short course YMCA league season that included a first place victory at the YMCA of Greater Whittier Invitational.

Many of the Orca swimmers achieved their personal best times during the season.

Karolina Garcia Tozauerova was the teamís top scorer this season with 140 points, Sterling Salvaterra racked up 135 points, Jaylen Adams tallied 130 points, Bart Salvaterra had 127 points, and Nichol Walloch had 125 points.

Other top scoring team members and their point total were Sarah Wall with 118, Tucker Hopkins with 111, Connor Sharpe with 97, and Nathalie Moreno and Keaton Hendrikson, both with 89.

The team earned 18 first place finishes, 18 second place finishes and 11 third place finishes this season.

ìThe team did an exceptional job this past season,î said Orcas head coach Gaku Ito. ìI am very proud of our swimmers and how hard they worked to achieve the first place standing at the Greater Whittier Invitational.

ìIt was especially exciting to see that out of the nine relays swum, the girls teams captured four first-place finishes and the boys teams captured three first-place finishes,î Ito continued. ìOne of the first place finishes ó the boys 13 and over 200 medley relay team of Justin Hettigoda, Sterling Salvaterra, Brett Albert and Chris Abdelmalak ó qualified them for the Winter Age Group Junior Olympics.î

The Orcas recently began their spring/summer long course season and Ito said the team is working hard to maintain its top form, with 13 swimmers already qualifying for Summer Junior Olympics.

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