Girls swimming aims to succeed at county championships

Matthew Corsitto and Matthew Kolen

The girls swim team has found success so far in the 2015 season.  After losing a total of 13 swimmers from last season, the team was still been able to find new swimmers to have enough athletes to compete.

“We had a big turnover with our roster, graduating eleven seniors and losing two other swimmers who moved last season,” said Head Coach Mr. Joseph Lennon.

The team was ranked fourth in the county going into the season and currently sustains a 3-4 record; it is looking forward to swimming in the playoffs.

“The spirit of this team is immense.  I only have my teammates to thank for that. I’m motivated every day to do great,” said sophomore Annabelle Corcoran.

Corcoran has had an impressive year as a sophomore, setting team records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, and 100 backstroke.  She has been and will continue to be a key factor for the next few years.

“This season has been filled with many victories.  Many of these are as small as personal bests, like Delia Rush breaking 1:06 on her 100 butterfly or Jillian de Reyna capping a 47 second improvement on her 500 freestyle.  It’s these moments that make the season feel like a success,” said Lennon.

These personal victories are what make up this team’s winning season.  Pulling off victories of this caliber did not come easyily to the swimmers.  Since Schreiber does not have a pool, the team had to adapt to find a facility to practice in.  This resulted in a change of hours and practice schedules, making early morning practices a common practice.

Throughout the season, the team has practiced at the Port Washington Yacht Club, Jericho High School, and the Village Club of Sands Point.  While there was not always a consistent home for these Vikings, the team made the best of the situation in order to have a successful season.

“The team worked hard after and now before school.  These practices, however, were crucial to the team’s success,” said Lennon.

The team captains have also been a key factor in this team’s year.  Led by senior captains Delia Rush, Ashley Ye, and Sabrina Passauer, the swimmers were always motivated and challenged to keep doing better.

“We just try to keep the team motivated.  In all honesty that’s the best thing for them,” said Ye.

The team believes it has performed to its full potential under the leadership of these three captains.

“They’re great leaders and really bring the team together.  They lead the team very well.  We’re always driven to do better,” said Levine.

With a 3-4 record, the team is ranked among the top in the county.

The season was highlighted with the team taking third place at the Nassau County Relay Carnival.  The team won the 4×100, stunning the competitors.  The team also finished 2nd at the Joe Farrell Invitational at Jericho High School.  Ashley Ye boasts a crucial win in the 50 freestyle, and Annabelle Corcoran had a few record setting performances.

Coach Lennon has been a driving force for the entire season, and many members of the team recognize his contribution.

“He is without a doubt the heart and soul of this team.  Without him, I don’t think the team would’ve done as impressively as they did, and I mean that,” said Corcoran.

Lennon is definitely happy about the team’s performance thus far, but it is not finished yet.

“We still have a little ways to go, but I’m definitely excited.  We faced many of the top teams in Nassau County and finished our dual meet season 3-4.  We are looking forward to the Division C Championships as well as the Nassau County Championships,” said Lennon.

The team will have 10 girls competing in the county championships on November 7. In addition, they also have one swimmer qualified to compete at the New York States competition on November 20 and 21. Their is also the possibility that more swimmers qualify depending on county results.