Without a home pool, the Manhasset girls swim team has learned to compete after long bus rides, short warm-ups, and different pool designs and conditions. In the past six years, the Manhasset Swim Team and a few other high school teams have adopted the USMMA as a home competition pool and the results certainly show when swimming at home. There have been many memorable meets held at this pool. The lists of rivals that have made the trip to the North Shore include Garden City, Long Beach, Sewanhaka and Bellmore Merrick (Nassau County's top ranked public school teams).
On Friday, Sept. 26 #2 ranked Garden City (nine consecutive county titles and undefeated for the past seven seasons) visited the Merchant Marine Academy to face the home, Manhasset team. Both teams displayed a strong effort as Garden City prevailed 96-88. Next, the MHS team competed against neighbor Port Washington. In this meet, the Indians were victorious 96-82.
Senior Meghan Shea led the way by swimming a 25.97 in the 50yd Free and 57.33 in the 100yd Free. Audrey Chang swam a 6:30.29 in the 500yd Free.
Junior Elizabeth Henry swam a 25.61 in the 50yd Free.
Stephanie Chin swam a 1:18.87 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Melissa Brown swam a 26.92 in the 50yd free and a 1:01.3 in the 100yd Free.
Sophomore Alexa Aliprantis swam a 6:08.51 in the 500yd Free, 2:31.31 in the 200yd IM, 1:08.87 in the 100yd Backstroke and 30.68 in the 50yd Backstroke. Mary Kate Amato swam a 1:14.08 in the 100yd Backstroke and a 6:12.49 in the 500yd Free. Jackie Palma swam a 2:41.90 in the 200yd IM and a 1:01.42 in the 100yd Free. Meaghan Quirin swam a 32.08 in the 50yd Butterfly, a 1:18.99 in the 100yd Butterfly and a 1:03.46 in the 100yd Freestyle. Ali Margherio swam a 1:01.66 in the 100yd Free and a 1:16.52 in the 100yd Breaststroke.
Freshman Olivia Henry swam a 27.18 in the 50yd Free. Kayla Young swam a 2:13.34 in the 200yd Free and a 6:01.59 in the 500yd Free. Tori Wang swam a 1:12.18 in the 100yd Butterfly.
Erica Demitroff swam a 1:11.64 in the 100yd Butterfly and a 1:18.67 in the 100yd Backstroke. Susannah Roberts swam a 1:02.66 in the 100yd Free. Alexa Fradella swam a 1:18.44 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Kelsey Brown swam a 1:04.32 in the 100yd Free. Amanda Morici swam a 30.42 in the 50yd Free and a 1:21.79 in the 100yd Butterfly. Catherine Blando swam a 1:22.89 in the 100yd Butterfly. Alexandra Andromidas swam a 3:04.35 in the 200yd IM. Katherine Andromidas swam a 1:35.66 in the 100yd Backstroke. Ally O'Neill scored 114 points in 1 m diving. Ming Siegel swam a 32.46 in the 50yd Free.
7th Grader Sarah Henry swam a 6:18.89 in the 500 yd Free. Classmate Jenny Cook scored 152.75 points in 1m diving.
The girls traveled on the road to face #1 Long Beach on Oct. 15 and return home on Oct. 21 (#3 Sewanhaka) and Oct. 22 (# 5 Bellmore Merrick).