Written by Coach Ken Ilchuk Friday, 22 February 2013 00:00
During the course of the season you have some good nights, and then you have nights like Monday, Feb. 11. The Dalers finished 4th out of 24 teams at the Nassau County Swimming and Diving Championships at Eisenhower Park, marking their best county finish since 2007 and a jump of five spots from last year’s championship. In the course of the night, 24 of the team’s 31 total swims were either personal or season best performances, including two new school records (five of the school’s 13 records were eclipsed this season).
Farmingdale finished behind Garden City, Great Neck South, and Jericho, defeating perennial powerhouse Long Beach by one point for the 4th spot. That victory marks the first time in 23 years that the Dalers have defeated Long Beach in boys swimming.
Farmingdale was also named the winner of the 2013 Sportsmanship Award given annually by the Long Island Swimming Officials Association. This is the 6th time in the last 10 years that the Dalers have been so honored (the girls have also won the award twice in that span). The award is in recognition of not only the athletes and coaches, but of the parents.
Recap: 200 Medley Relay: The team of Vinny Mattei, Kris Harris, Tom Celenza, and Nader Golshahr finished 6th to earn all-conference honors in a new school record time of 1:44.45, taking half a second off the record (1:44.9) set earlier this year by Jimmy Barnola, Harris, Matt Crow, and Golshahr. Prior to this season, the medley relay record had stood since 1981, set by Tom Murtagh, Bobby Senecal, Jef Martin, and John O’Neill. Last night, Mattei (26.75), Harris (28.86), Celenza (26.11), and Golshahr (22.27) all swam personal best split times.
200 Free: Jimmy Barnola finished 7th overall in a personal best 1:49.54, his first time breaking 1:50 in the event, also earning all-conference honors. Andrew Presta qualifying for his first county championship meet, finished 26th in a time of 2:03.01.
200 IM: Logan Smalling dropped more than four seconds off his previous best, with a time of 2:14.20, good for 18th place overall. Kenny Laine, after suffering with the flu for more than a week, bounced back to swim a personal best 2:18.09 to finish 25th.
50 Free: The Dalers placed three competitors in the top 15 led by Matt Crow, who earned all-conference honors with a 7th place finish in a personal best 22.92. Golshahr was 9th in another flat start PB of 23.09, and Harris rounded out the group in 15th place with a PB of 23.86.
Dive: Last Thursday, James Mangione finished 6th, and Chris McGlynn was 9th, scoring key points for the Dalers. Nick Gennaro finished 24th in his first county meet. All three posted personal bests, and Mangione’s 432.20 earned all-conference honors, and set a new 11-dive school mark (previously held by Lou Alaimo, 2007) that qualified for the state championships in Rochester on March 1.
100 Fly: Celenza improved to 59.35 with a 15th place finish, while Presta swam a personal best 1:02.91 to finish 26th.
100 Free: Crow was the Dalers only representative in this event, but swam a personal best 50.89 to finish 9th overall.
500 Free: Mattei dropped 5 1/2 seconds off his season best to swim a 5:07.02, good for 11th overall.
200 Free Relay: In one of the most exciting races of the night, the team of Crow, Golshahr, Mattei, and Barnola earned all-county honors with a 3rd place finish. The split times by Crow (22.93), Golshahr (22.41), Mattei (23.09), and Barnola (22.29) were all at or near personal best times, for an overall time of 1:31.01, a new school record. The same team had broken the mark of Dom Boccio, James McCabe, Greg Padden, and Kyle Blyman (1:32.99 set in 2005) at last week’s division meet. That time ranks the boys in the top 20 in NYS, and was the 6th fastest time on Long Island this year, 4th-best among public school teams.
100 Back: Barnola, like Mattei earlier, did a quick back-to-back, but still finished 7th overall to earn all-conference honors with a time of 57.67. Bobby Browne and Kenny Annunziata, both swimming in their first county championship meet, finished 36th and 37th, respectively.
100 Breast: Harris got held under at the start of the race, but still battled back to finish 16th. Smalling was close behind in 18th place, finishing with a season best 1:07.53, a drop of more than a second from last week’s divisions swim.
400 Free Relay: The battle with Long Beach came right down to the final lap, of the final leg, of the final event. The Dalers entered the relay three points behind Long Beach in the meet standings. The team of Crow (51.00), Golshahr (50.40), Mattei (52.32), and Barnola (49.03) responded with a blistering time of 3:23.47 - five seconds faster than last week’s season best, and the fastest time by a Dalers’ team since 1984. The time is also 8th best on LI this year, 6th among all public schools. Barnola held off Plainview’s Jake Alexander and LB’s Max Willard on the final lap of the anchor leg to secure 4th, while Long Beach finished 6th behind Plainview to give the Dalers the one-point cushion they needed. Farmingdale earned all-conference honors in the event.
2013 Postseason Award Winners
All-County: Jimmy Barnola, Matt Crow, Nader Golshahr, Vinny Mattei.
All-Conference: Jimmy Barnola, Tom Celenza, Matt Crow, Nader Golshahr, Kris Harris, James Mangione, Vinny Mattei.
All-Division: Jimmy Barnola, Tom Celenza, Matt Crow, Nader Golshahr, Kris Harris, James Mangione, Vinny Mattei, Chris McGlynn, Andrew Presta.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, 1,100 military veterans and Gold Star families in Farmingdale will have to wait for their tax break until next year.
The Farmingdale School District is among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, school board trustees uanimously voted to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
In the aftermath of a fatal carbon monoxide leak at Legal Seafoods in Huntington, the Village of Farmingdale passed new legislation requiring all residential and commercial properties carry a carbon monoxide detector.
“The whole idea behind this is public safety,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand.
On April 7, Farmingdale Trustees unanimously voted to amend village code as a proactive measure to prevent future harm from carbon monoxide poisioning.
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Farmingdale Devils U10 Travel Baseball team defeated the West Islip Gold team 11-6 to win the Bayport Bash baseball tournament last weekend. The Devils swept both games on Saturday to advance to the championship game. In the championship The Devils struck for four runs in the first inning. Nick Napolitano and Nick Disanti started it off with singles and were driven home by Gavin Weinstock’s 200 foot blast off the left field wall. Timmy Purack and Matt Brandimarte followed with run scoring singles and the Devils were on their way to their first title of 2014. Nicholas Napolitano pitched three solid inning for the win. The Devils will now compete in the Half Hollow Invitational Spring Tournament.
— Submitted by The Farmingdale Devils
Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:00
The Dalers Boys Varsity Lacrosse team (3-2) are putting their best foot forward, after losing two games this season.
On March 25, the Dalers took their home turf to face the Lynbrook Owls. During the game, the Dalers Tom McPartland and Chris Brown each scored two goals, while goalies Matt Deluca and Scott dePalmer racked up a total of 11 saves. Despite the valiant effort, the Dalers lost to Lynbrook High School 11-7.
The Dalers are currently 3-2 this season. Their next game will be held on April 17 at Long Beach.