Greenwich YWCA Swimming
On The Fast Track
Meghan lynch is currently ranked first nationally for her age group in six competitive swimming events. That would be an astonishing feat for any pool racer, but Meghan, a Greenwich fifth-grader, is lapping the competition at ten years of age.
To get the kind of results off the blocks, Meghan, who’s been swimming for the Greenwich YWCA Dolphins team since she was five, often trains two hours a day.
Meghan dives into practices and races with a competitive mind set her coach Jeremy Cochran describes as “off the charts.” “When I know someone fast is close to me, I just go faster,” she explains. Her whole training regimen reflects a determination that is beyond her years: Although she likes to splurge on ice cream (she was on her way to Swizzles after chatting with us) she eats carefully during race season. “I don’t have sugar before meets. I get a lot of rest. It makes a difference.”
Yet ask Meghan how she manages to win races such as the 100 meter breast stroke or individual medley (two specialties) and her answer is blissfully simple: “I just love being in the water. Swimming is what makes me really happy.” Her role models include Olympians Katie Ledecky and Missy Franklin because “they are really fast, but always smile. I like that they have fun swimming.”
Meghan’s mom, Joan Lynch, describes her daughter as a lifelong water baby, always happiest chasing her older brother Ryan (a thirteen-year-old Dolphins’ swimmer) in the pool. “She’s always been soothed by water,” says Joan. So much so, it’s not unusual for Meghan to “come home from a two hour practice and insist on taking a long bath.”
Besides having a work ethic that is unique for her age, Cochran says the young swimmer’s joyful spirit is what makes her success distinct: “Whether it’s battling to finish a hard workout, racing her top rivals, or cheering on her teammates at swim meets, she’s always all smiles. If she can continue to work hard and have fun, the sky is the limit.”
While people often ask Meghan if she has Olympic size goals, right now she says she’s just focused on achieving more personal bests and trying to “win every race I enter.” And of course, “I want to always have fun while I’m doing it.”
Meghan Lynch with coach Jeremy Cochran