GREENWICH, Conn. — Meghan Lynch of Greenwich was named the 11-12-year-old Swimmer of the Year on Wednesday by Swim Swam, a magazine that covers the sport across the world.
Lynch, who is now 13 and swims for the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins, established herself as one of the most notable swimmers of all time in the age category.
Before Lynch aged out in the fall, she had registered 11 swims on the top 100 lists for 11-12 girls in short course and 11 in long course. Among those were all-time top-10 performances in the 200-yard free (8th), 200-yard breast (5th), 100-yard individual medley (6th), 200-yard individual medley (7th), 400-yard individual medley (10th), 200-meter breast (4th), 200-meter individual medley (3rd), and 400-meter individual medley (3rd).
Lynch made top-10 lists 23 times out of a possible combined 35 events in the 11-12 age category, including No. 1 swims in the five events. She was the second-fastest performer in the 50/400m free, 200/500/1000-yard free, 100-yard breast, 100-meter breast, and 100/200y IM. Lynch was top-5 in another handful of events (50/100y free, 100/200/800/1500m free, 50y breast, and 50m breast) and eighth in the 1650 free.
With only a couple of months under her belt competing as a 13-year-old, Lynch has already made the all-time top 100 for 13-14 girls in the 200y breast and 200/400y individual medleys. She is the No. 1 200-yard breaststroker and 200-yard individual medley swimmer among 13-year-olds this fall. She is also No. 2 in the 400-yard IM and No. 3 in the 100-yard breaststroke.