Hard work has paid off for the New Canaan YMCA Caimans swim team -- big time.

At the recent CT Age Group Championships, held from March 12 to 15 at Weselyan University, the Caimans 10/Under Girls Team had the highest point total, and were named State Champions. Members of the 10/Under 200 and 400 Freestyle and Medley relays included: Julia Cassone, Elisabeth Xia, Kaylana Couture, and Hutton Saunders. The team won all four relay events, and broke team records on the 400 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley. Cassone was also named Age Group Individual Champion in the 10/Under 50 Free.

Catherine Steinberg, who last year broke the 9-10 girls 50 Backstroke record at this event, continued her success by breaking the team record for the Girls 11-12 50 Backstroke. The old record had been held since 1997.

Cassone, Couture, and Steinberg will have a chance to make even bigger waves this season. The trio, along with teammates Bennett Ehret and Michael Kotlyar, will represent Connecticut in the Eastern Zone SC Age Group Championships March 26 to 28 in Rochester, NY.

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