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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.

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The Senior Advisory Committee is the Senior group that helps plan trips, parties, and programs for all seniors in cooperation with the recreation and parks department. It consists of: Kathy Auro, Richard Bankowsky, Evelyn Iagrossi, Joe Leto, Ellen Moynahan, and Gloria Weinrich. Please feel free to suggest trips to anyone on the committee.

Preparedness is the best remedy for Ebola

Winthrop University Hospital hosted a presentation on the current Ebola epidemic, at the Garden City Library, on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Sponsored by the village’s Property Owners’ Associations, John F. Collins, president and CEO of Winthrop University Hospital and Dr. Michael Ammazzalorso, Winthrop’s Chief Medical Officer provided an overview of the disease along with an update on Winthrop’s preparedness plan.

Dr. Ammazzalorso began his presentation heeding that despite the waning in the press, the disease is still with us. He provided both historical and current day perspectives regarding the epidemic, advising that Ebola is not a new disease. The medical community has been aware of the disease for at least 40 years. Originating in the Congo, Ebola is a zoonosis a disease which has its reservoir in animals and was known for small sporadic outbreaks associated with people who handled bats and rodents or those who consumed bush meat. The current outbreak originated in West Africa, specifically Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. He noted in Africa that more than 45,000 people have died from the disease.


Sports

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes began the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

Learn And Play Paddle Tennis

The recreation and parks department will offer beginner level platform tennis lessons at Community Park’s Platform Courts. This five-week course will offer the basic instruction and will be taught by certified platform instructor Sue Tarzian. Each class will be 1.5 hours in length. The cost of this program is $187.50. Classes begin the week of Nov. 5. The following classes will be offered:

Beginners - Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

Advanced Beginners – Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

This program is for beginners only and participants must be Garden City residents. To register, please visit the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave. Space is limited so please register early.


Calendar

Sultans of String to play

Friday, November 21

Garden City Chamber Music Society Performance

Sunday, November 23

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, November 24



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