Club Olympia is Second at Riviera Summer Spectacular 2022

Sheetal Kondhare

This past weekend, Columbus’ Club Olympia joined several of Greater Indianapolis’ larger swim clubs to compete in the Summer Spectacular Invitational at the historic Riviera Club near the campus of Butler University.     The four day event combined one night of distance events, one night of sprint events followed by two mid-distance events, and two days of traditional invitational events in the unique 50M pool laid out in the middle of the Riviera’s recreational pool which is enjoyed by club members and their families during the competition.


Club Olympia’s 40 swimmers performed well across the four days of competition securing a second place finish behind the host Riviera Swim Team, but ahead of teams including Washington Township Swim Club (North Central High School) and Lawrence Swim Team (Lawrence North High School). 


The distance and mid-distance events were held Thursday and Friday nights.  In the Girls Open 1500 Meter Freestyle (Mile) event, Connelly Furnish swam a personal record and was able to take first place followed by Hope Westphal (2nd) and Maggie Johnson (4th).  For the boys, Misha Machavariani was first followed by Ty Mayer (2nd), Todd Hundley (4th), Cavan Stilson (6th) and nine year old Tony Machavariani in eighth. Dathan Wolf placed fifth in the Boys Open 800 Free, followed by Judah Nickoll (7th), Lane Mellencamp, in his last meet as unattached (8th), and Luke Miller (9th).   


Ashley Freel placed first in the Girls Open 400 IM followed by Maggie Johnson in second.  Cole Ehara placed fourth in the Boys Open 400 IM.  Hope Westphal and Connelly Furnish placed first and second respectively in the Girls Open 400 Freestyle. Misha Machavariani was first with Ty Mayer, Todd Hundley, Dathan Wolf, and Judah Nickoll all in the top 10 for the Boys Open 400 Free. 


For the sprint events held Friday evening, Freel placed first in three of the four Girls Open events winning the 50 Back, 50 Fly and 50 Free.  Furnish took second in the 50 Breast.  Other top 10 performances were turned in by Westphal, Johnson, and Annie Murer in the sprint events.


Freel ended up as the top scorer for Club Olympia with 231.5 points, winning all seven of her events on Saturday and Sunday, for a total of 11 victories. Westphal scored 202 points, finishing in first place in one event, second in four events, and third and fourth in her other two races on Saturday and Sunday. Johnson scored 172 points and Furnish ended up with 125 points. 


Emily Meek won three events and placed second in two events in the Girls 8&U to finish with 94 points in just five races. Aashka Shah, who recently turned 11, scored 81 points and placed second in two of her six Girls 11-12 races. Bella Zhang, just 7, scored 67 points in her six Girls 8&U races, including placing 3rd in the 100 Breaststroke. Lily Pendleton scored 60 points and placed 3rd in three of her four 10&U events. 


The leading scorer on the boys side was Tony Machavariani with 180 points, winning all nine of his 10&U events. His older brother, Misha, scored 141 points, with one first place finish and three second place finishes in his seven races on Saturday and Sunday. Vivan Shah won all but one of his seven races in the Boys 8&U events, getting second in the one he didn’t win to score 137 points. Daxton Wolf scored 112 points in his seven Boys 10&U events, placing as high as second in the 50 Fly. Xavier Zhang was right behind Wolf with 108 points in his seven 10&U events, placing as high as second in the 200 IM. Daxton’s older brother, Dathan, scored 94 points in the Boys Open events. Aahan Gupta, who recently turned 9, scored 89 points in his eight 10&U events. Teddy Machavariani, a younger brother to both Misha and Tony, and in his first year on the team at age 7, also scored 89 points in his six 8&U events, placing 3rd in two races and 4th in three. 


Cole Ehara, competing in the Boys Open events, scored 84 points. Todd Hundley scored 68 points and placed as high as third in the Boys Open 200 Fly. Despite two DQs as a new swimmer in his first year on the team, Sarthak Deshmukh scored 67 points in his four other Boys 8&U events, including a first place in the 50 Breaststroke.  Adir Joshi scored 63 points in his eight Boys 10&U races. Shourya Malviya scored 61 points in his six 10&U events, including placing third in the 50 Fly. Joshua Pendleton won all three of his Boys 11-12 races on Saturday to score 60 points. 


Others competing in the Riviera meet included Ivan Bondar, Hannah Dean, Aubrey Hernandez, Aahana Ingole, Eli Isaacs, Jesse Isaacs, Jasper Nickoll, Lovely Panda, Chad Pendleton, Rylan Perkins, Aksh Ranjan, Ali Trueblood, and Saanvi Vibhuti.