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Dalers Swimming Finishes Strong

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.