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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

Nassau County Police recently arrested former 44-year-old Democratic County Legislator David L. Mejias, of Farmingdale, over allegations he stole a Louis Vuitton purse from the apartment of a 35-year-old Garden City resident.

According to police, on Nov. 13, Mejias entered the female victim’s apartment on Mitchell Field Way and removed the pocketbook from the countertop. Mejias then demanded to know the location of a bangle bracelet that was kept in the bedroom, police said. He then pushed past the victim and removed the bracelet while refusing to leave. The victim then called 911 and summoned the police.

Small businessman finds big success

Anthony DePalma has been manager at Covert Avenue’s Raindew Family Center and Pharmacy for 13 years. Last month, at the 30th Annual Small Businessperson of the Year and Legislative Breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club, DePalma got his much deserved recognition when he was awarded the day’s top honor by the Covert Avenue Chamber of Commerce, whose members hail from Stewart Manor and Floral Park.  

“My initial reaction was ‘wow that’s very nice,’ I didn’t realize that it was going to be such a beautiful extravaganza,” said DePalma on winning the award. “They did it very, very well. They had a breakfast at the Crest Hollow Country Club and everything was done beautifully. It was just done very, very nicely. Very proud.”


Sports

Winter Swim Lesson Registration Announced

The Garden City Recreation Department will be conducting children’s swimming lessons for village residents at the Adelphi University swimming pool in Woodruff Hall on Saturday mornings. Your child must be six years of age by the start of the program to participate. This 10-week session will begin Saturday, Dec. 6. Classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. The cost is $80. These classes are open to residents of the Incorporate Village of Garden City.

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.


Calendar

Marvelous Movie Matinée

Monday, December 1

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, December 2

Here Comes Brother Sun

Friday, December 5



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