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Garden City Girls Swim Team Sets Nassau County Record

The Garden City girls swim team has been a model of consistency over the past 13 years for coach Anne Sullivan. And the term consistent may be selling them short. They have been consistently awesome, having won the Nassau County title each of the last 13 years, while going undefeated for the past 10 seasons.  

With the season under way the Lady Trojan swimmers are keeping the streak alive with a perfect 4-0 record. Their latest victory was on Thursday at Jericho by a score of 104 to 74. The significance of this particular victory was that Coach Sullivan and the girls swim team has now won an incredible 100 consecutive victories, a Garden City record for any sport and a Nassau County swim record. The streak started in 2001 after GC lost a meet to Sewanhaka. The team went on to win their last meet of 2001 and haven’t looked back since.  When asked about the accomplishment Coach Sullivan remarked “I’m not really into the numbers, it’s always been about the girls doing their best – and that has always been good enough for us to win.”

Although there have been some close calls along the way, the girls have always been able to find that final kick to finish off their opponents. For a team that has held the Nassau County record for most points scored at a championship meet since 2007, which they broke at the 2010 Championships, there have been several times that their streak was in jeopardy. Twice the team has won Counties by less than 20 points, a very narrow margin in the pool.

The closest call was a dual meet in 2008 against Long Beach that came down to the final race with Garden City trailing. In that 400-freestyle relay the strength and determination of GC swimmers was demonstrated as the foursome of Sarah Schlichte, Colleen Logan, Gaby Barcklow and Megan Zarriello swam to a victory.    

The meet against Jericho started off much like every other one, high expectations for a very confident Garden City team. The confidence comes from the commitment that the girls and Coach Sullivan put into the program. Most, if not all of the girls swim not only for the varsity but also for local swim clubs, which means that they are in the pool at least six days a week for several hours at a time.

Leading this year’s team with an eye towards another title is senior captain Lindsay Schlichte, along with senior co-captains Marie Clarkson and Kelly Quinn. Schlichte won the 200-freestyle, finished second in the 100-freestyle to freshman teammate Caroline Bonvissuto and was a member of the winning 200-and 400-freestyle relays along with Bonvissuto. While Clarkson and Quinn also swam in the winning 200-relay, Gabriella Meringolo (7th grade) and Cara Heaney (7) were members of the winning 400-freestyle relay.

Kelly Quinn also won the 200-individual medley and was a member of the winning 200-medley relay along with Julia Hall (10), Jacqueline Vani (11) and Caitlin Powderly (9), while Clarkson had two outstanding races finishing second in the 50-freestyle and 100-butterfly to All-State Jericho swimmer Trudiann Patrick.

Other outstanding performances at Jericho were Betina Hughes (12) and Emily Mercandanti (11) finishing first and third in diving, Chloe Savino (9) and Kerri Heuser (12) coming in second and third to Schlichte in the 200-freestyle, Deirdre McGrath (11), Finola Heaney (9) and Allyson Kraff (7) going 1-2-3 in the grueling 500-freestyle, Julia Hall (10) and Kristen Noonan (11) swimming 1-2 in the 100-backstroke and Jacqueline Vani (11) winning the 100-breaststroke.

News

Blakeman and Rice to speak at Chamber Luncheon

On Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Garden City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its season kick-off luncheon program at the Garden City Hotel, where the keynote speakers will be the Democratic and Republican nominees for the U.S. Congress in New York’s  Fourth Congressional District. Bruce A. Blakeman (R), Conservative and Independence nominee and Kathleen Rice (D), Nassau County District Attorney, will speak separately expressing their respective views on the future of the district and impact upon its business community. This is not to be a debate.

John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, recently announced Garden City resident Maureen E. Clancy and East Williston’s Dr. Kevin P. Marzo, will be the honorees for the Hospital’s 23rd Annual Gala, “An Evening in Tuscany,” taking place on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the RXR Plaza in Uniondale.

“As champions for Winthrop, Mrs. Clancy and Dr. Marzo have demonstrated unwavering commitment to the hospital and to the communities it serves and we are pleased to honor them at this year’s gala,” said Collins.  


Sports

Fall Children’s Tennis Classes

Registration for the start of the Fall 2014 Indoor Tennis Program for Children has begun at the Community Park Tennis Center. Walkins and non-resident children attending Garden City Public Schools* will be accepted beginning Sept. 11. Please make checks payable to the “Inc. Village of Garden City." Please note—classes are not considered day care and can not be declared for tax exemption.

* Non resident children who would like to register for the tennis program must prove they attend one of the Garden City Public Schools. Proof must accompany registration. An additional $50 fee will pertain to anyone in this category.

10 weeks of classes—classes will begin Thursday, Sept. 18

Locals run for themselves

and a cause in triathalon

At 6 a.m on a blustery Saturday morning, 1600 people arrived at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park to participate in the 27th annual Runner’s Edge Tobay Triathlon and Tri-Relay Race. The participants were drawn from a wide age range. They came from all over Long Island and upstate New York, a few were from out of state, and in some cases, had disabilities. But they all came with one goal in mind — to finish.

Jeffrey Hussey, a 28-year-old Garden City resident, has done this race three times and this was his fifth triathlon this summer.


Calendar

9/11 Memorial Program

Thursday, September 11

Zing Went The Strings

Friday, September 19

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, September 15



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