Friday, 15 January 2010 00:00
On Friday, Jan. 8, the Manhasset Boys Swim Team competed against conference rival and neighbor Great Neck North. The two teams have swam some memorable meets over the past seven years, which has created a strong rivalry that usually brings out the best from both squads. Since 2005, Manhasset has been on the victorious end of the rivalry, winning five consecutive meets.
The stage was set Friday for another close meet in front of a capacity crowd. In attendance from both teams were alumni home on their college break. The home team, Great Neck North, got off to a fast start, winning the first four events to take a 36-26 lead. They extended their lead to 62-47, after a first place finish in the 100 free (7th event) that had the home Great Neck crowd in a cheering frenzy.
The tables would turn as Manhasset mounted a fierce rally in the meets last five events. In the 500 free, Sohrab Vatsia swam to a first place finish, Hayes Brown 3rd and John Gold 5th, to cut the lead to 68-57.
The next event, the 200 free relay, was the turning point of the meet. Relay teams Jeff Yau, Sohrab Vatsia, Justin Kim, Damien Quinn and Billy Stathis, Pete Magliulo, Ed Ma, Hayes Brown, finished 1st and 2nd, silencing the home crowd. The score GNN 70 Manhasset 69. In the next event, 100yd backstroke, Manhasset took their first lead of the competition, 81-74, by finishing 1st (John Gold), 2nd (Paul Stathis) and 4th (Tommy Kuehn).
Great Neck would not quit, winning the 100yd breaststroke to set the stage for the meet’s culminating event, the 400 free relay. Both teams huddled up and then sent their respective relay teams up to the block. A second place finish by the Indians would continue their win streak for another season against the Blazers. In a highly contested relay, the Manhasset quartet of Hayes Brown, Paul Stathis, Sohrab Vatsia and Bobby Carrozzo finished first to help secure the comeback. The final score Manhasset 98 Great Neck North 87.