RYE, N.Y. -- Patrick Conaton had one title to his credit -- 17-and-under boys 100 freestyle, going into the final day of the 86th annual Westchester County Swimming Championships at Playland Pool.
He would triple that by the meets conclusion Thursday. Conaton won the 17-and-under boys backstroke and tied for the divisions high-point title. The Bronxville Field Club swimmer completed the backstroke in 56.08 seconds.
He finished even with Raul Rodriguez of American Yacht Club for the high-point title with 23 points. Conaton, a Bronxville resident, took the 100 free Wednesday in a time of 49.6 seconds. The 15-year-old Fordham Prep sophomore-to-be was the only finalist to eclipse the 50-second mark.
Being the only swimmer under 50 seconds is special, being one of the younger guys in the age group, Conaton said.
Seeded first in the backstroke final made Conaton aware of one thing.
Its definitely a different mindset because you know people are looking to catch you and pass you, Conaton said. You have to focus on your race, your lane and do your best.
Conaton did what he planned on doing in the opening 50 -- going out strong. However, unlike other backstroke races where he said he has gotten a little tired, Conaton got stronger.
I felt good, said Conaton of the last 50 yards. I was kicking hard, trying to do my best and also have fun. I am honored to swim with everyone at this venue. Its great. This is something I will always remember. I will be telling my kids about this one day.
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