Written by Manhasset Press Staff, Manhasset@Antonnews.com Wednesday, 20 November 2013 00:00
After an exciting end to their dual meet season, The Manhasset Girls Varsity Swim Team entered the first week of the post-season competing in the Division B Championship at the Nassau Aquatic Center.
On Friday, Nov. 1 the girls swim team competed against 9 other teams in Nassau’s Division B Championship. The Manhasset team carried some extra motivation, trying to win a second consecutive Division crown and ninth in 11 years.
In the opening event, the 200yd medley relay team of Grace Kenlon, Megan Smith, Madeleine Quinn and Madeline Kang finished first, in a new school record time of 1:52.14, qualifying for the New York State Championships.
In the second event, the 200yd freestyle, Manhasset’s quartet of Julia Henry, Sarah Henry, Giorgia Piantanida and Alexa Durso finished 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th out of 35 competitors. In the third event, the 200yd individual medley, Madeleine Quinn, Kylie Mulholland, Megan Smith and Allegra Sodi finished 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 6th to help the Indians open up a commanding lead to take control of the championship meet. Manhasset added to their lead by winning the 100 fly (Madeleine Quinn), 200 free relay (Madeline Kang, Sarah Henry, Kylie Mulholland, Madeleine Quinn), 100yd backstroke (Grace Kenlon) and 100 breaststroke (Megan Smith). Equally important was each and every swim at Divisions. The total team effort was evident as every swimmer finished in the top 15, guiding the MHS team to a Division title.
In the process several team records were set, including a Division record 699.5-team points. Senior Madeleine Quinn set two new school records: the 200yd IM in a time of 2:11.04 and the 100yd butterfly in a time of 58.92, qualifying for the New York State Championships in both events. Sophomore Kylie Mulholland set a new record in the 500yd free, swimming a 5:10.56, also qualifying for the New York State Championships. Sophomore Grace Kenlon broke her own record in the 100yd backstroke improving the time to a 1:00.79. 9th Grader Megan Smith improved her own school record in the 100yd breaststroke to a 1:08.21, to qualify for the New York State Championships.
Additional highlights from Divisions include many season-best performances:
Senior Sarah Henry swam a 2:05.73 in the 200yd free. Nikki Brown swam a 1:12.13 in the 100yd backstroke. Amanda Lopez swam a 1:21.02 in the 100yd breaststroke.
Junior Alexa Durso swam a 2:06.49 in the 200yd free and a 58.44 in the 100yd free.
Sophomore Kylie Mulholland swam a 2:13.73 in the 200yd IM. Grace Kenlon swam a 25.93 in the 50yd Free. Meredith Johnson swam a 1:03.53 in the 100yd Butterfly and a 1:03.01 in the 100yd Backstroke. Julia Henry swam a 2:02.39 in the 200yd Free and a 5:29.53 in the 500yd Free.
9th Grader Megan Smith swam a 2:14.43 in the 200yd IM. Madeline Kang swam a 25.26 in the 50yd Free and a 56.39 in the 100yd Free. Olivia Garvey swam a 58.74 in the 100yd Free and a 1:06.36 in the 100yd Backstroke.
8th Grader Garrity Kuester swam a 1:15.77 in the 100yd Breaststroke. Rose Marie Donnell swam a 1:00.17 in the 100yd Free.
Congratulations Manhasset! 2013 Division B Champions!