On Tuesday, Jan. 20, the MHS Boys Swim Team competed in their last dual meet of the season versus the fourth ranked team in Nassau County, Wantagh. The competition was a home meet for Manhasset held at a neutral site (Great Neck North) in front of a capacity crowd. On this night the home team recognized seniors Max Smitham, Brian Tam, Paul Faglione, Stephen Cobos, Ty Louis, Mike Yee, Richie Tortora and Kip Usher, at their final high school dual meet. The anticipated showdown between the two rivals was well worth the wait (the contest was rescheduled several times due to weather) as both teams displayed strong efforts throughout the contest. The meet was like a well-played chess match. Wantagh gained an edge in the distance freestyle events, IM and diving and Manhasset countered by winning the sprint freestyle events and the specialty strokes (butterfly, backstroke and breaststroke). Manhasset was able to overcome a 10 point deficit in the back half of the meet by taking first and third in 200 Free Relay, cutting the lead to four points. The deficit remained four points going into the last event of the meet (400 Free Relay). In a closely contested race, with the SRO crowd on its feet, Manhasset finished first and third to secure the victory 94-92.
The winning relay team of Brian Tam, Stephen Cobos, Paul Faglione and Max Smitham set a new school record 3:35.30, eclipsing the old record of 3:38.02 set in 2006 by Alex Smitham, John Keneally, Jimmy Mulderrig and Brian Cogan.
Congratulations to the boys on their record-setting achievement!
Many season/personal best performances were recorded in the victorious effort. Leading the way was:
Senior Max Smitham who swam a 50.46 in the 100yd Free. Brian Tam who swam a 53.31 in the 100yd Freestyle. Paul Faglione swam a 53.94 in the 100yd Free. Stephen Cobos swam a 57.53 in the 100yd Free. Mike Yee swam a 1:06.58 in the 100yd Butterfly. Ty Louis swam a 35.60 in the 50 yd Breaststroke and a 59.12 in the 100 yd Free. Richie Tortora swam a 29.67 in the 50yd Free.
Junior Jeff Yau swam a 31.06 in the 50yd Breaststroke. Zach Petersen swam a 32.09 in the 50 yd Backstroke. Paul Stathis swam a 1:09.66 in the 100yd Backstroke. Hayes Brown swam a 25.60 in the 50yd Free. Pat Love swam a 1:03.46 in the 100yd Free.
Sophomore Billy Stathis swam a 2:06.02 in the 200yd Free and a 5:53.36 in the 500yd Free.
Freshmen Sohrab Vatsia swam a 2:02.25 in the 200yd Free and a 56.54 in the 100yd Free. Ed Ma swam a 34.05 in the 50yd Backstroke, 2:42.18 in the 200yd IM and a 1:12.14 in the 100yd Butterfly. Matt Yang swam a 34.17 in the 50 yd Breaststroke and a 1:16.10 in the 100 yd Breaststroke. Justin Kim swam a 31.07 in the 50yd Butterfly and a 1:19.81 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Bobby Carrozzo swam a 34.18 in the 50yd Butterfly, 28.8 in the 50yd Free and a 1:06.38 in the 100yd Free. Nick Tamkin swam a 32.19 in the 50yd Free and a 1:20.81 in the 100yd Free. Pete Magliulo scored 161.10 points in 1m diving.
Next up for Manhasset is the Division A Championship on Jan. 30 and 31. Those meets will be played after this issue goes to press.