Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00
This spring, achievements in Garden City High School’s athletic program had the recurring theme of five: Fifth straight year as New York State Champions for the varsity girls lacrosse team; fifth straight Nassau County title for varsity boys lacrosse, and the fifth straight year winning the Nassau County championship in girls golf (with five girls representing Nassau County at the state final). The girls track 4x400m five-member team (Emily Menges, Michelle Rotondo, Jenna DeAngelo, Taylor Hennig, and Catherine Cafaro) won the New York State class (all large public schools) and federation championships (all public schools, large and small, PSAL, CHSAA, independent schools, etc.), setting a new school record and one of the top times in the country; the 4x800m team (Emily Menges, Taylor Hennig, Emma Gallagher and Katie O’Neill) also won the state class and federation championships. Their race broke the state record and set the second fastest time ever run by a high school in the U.S. This year marked the fifth time all 32 varsity teams qualified Garden City High School for New York State School of Distinction Award.
Individually, Emily Menges won the Class 1 New York State 800m Championship and was second in the federation. Michelle Rotondo was fifth in the Class1 and 4th in the federation, running a personal best.
Zach Morris won the Nassau County Individual Tennis Championship at the National Tennis Center in Queens. This is the first time a Garden City student has won the singles title since 1960, when Herb Fitzgibbon won it for the fourth time. Herb went on to play at Princeton.
Congratulations to all of the 32 Garden City High School athletic teams for not only being incredible athletes, but for being outstanding scholars as well. By having all team members maintain an average GPA of 90 or better, our athletes have distinguished the high school as a New York State School of Distinction Award for the fifth time!!
“Garden City athletes and coaches continue to set the bar very high both athletically and academically,” commented Director of Athletics and Physical Education Nancy Kalafus. “We are all so proud of everyone. Thank you and good luck to the seniors who have been a great part of our success.”
Clearly, Garden City’s athletic program is a tremendous asset to the school district and the community. It should come as no surprise to learn that Ultimate Athlete Magazine named Garden City High School as the “Top Nassau Athletic Program for 2010.” Congratulations to Nancy Kalafus and her staff on an outstanding year of achievement!