Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00
Manhassett residents Giorgia Piantanida, Carlotta Piantanida, Zachary Leng, Jeffrey McNeary, Luca Sodi, Conor Beil, Nicholas Sodi, Michaela DePhillips, Claire McNeary, and Allegra Sodi have qualified to compete at the 2013 Metropolitan Swimming Junior Olympics. These young swimmers will compete representing the nationally ranked host team, Long Island Aquatic Club (LIAC). Each year LIAC sends a large squad to the Junior Olympics to compete for the titles as the best age group swimmers in the Metropolitan LSC.
The Junior Olympics are a culmination of months of hard work for swimmers all over the metropolitan region. Thanks to their determination and dedication in practice these athletes will be very confident when they step up on the racing blocks to compete.
Success at the junior level is what motivates many of these young athletes to set Olympic sized goals. Since 1996 LIAC has qualified 21 swimmers for the US Olympic Trials. In 2016 or 2020 one of your local swimming heroes could be competing for their shot at the Olympic team. Come down to cheer them on now.
The Junior Olympics take place March 15 – 17 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, in Eisenhower Park. For more information on the Junior Olympics or the Long Island Aquatic Club visit LIAC’s website www.longislandswimming.com.