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St. Aidan’s Swim Team Captures CYO Championship

The St. Aidan CYO swim team completed yet another undefeated season, culminating with the championship title at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow on April 3.

The championship meet proved to be a night for the record books. Indeed, a total of nine CYO records were broken with the St. Aidan swim team breaking seven of the nine records, among the six teams that participated in the meet. A total of 46 events, including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly were held. The final medal count for St. Aidan’s was: 24 gold, 17 silver and eight bronze.

“This is one of the most talented teams we’ve had in about 15 years,” said coach Mike McNally.

Among the new St. Aidan’s CYO record holders for the 2009 season are the 10 and under girls 100-yard medley relay team consisting of Alison Rourk, Erin O’Kelly, Maryann Lennon and Ashley Sheerin. In addition to this record, the 10 and under girls squad of Erin O’Kelly, Kiki Lobben, Ashley Sheerin and Maryann Lennon shattered the previous 100-yard freestyle relay record by five seconds, going under a minute with a time of 59.36. Maryann Lennon also picked up an individual record with a 25-yard backstroke.

Another thrilling race of the night was that of the boys 17 and under 200-yard medley team consisting of Andrew Filardi, Tommy Murphy, Michael Lennon and Patrick Nuzzolese. This group touched out last year’s record breakers, Notre Dame, by .01 second to become the new CYO record holders. Michael Lennon supplied an additional individual record in the 50-yard backstroke.

Perhaps the most gratifying performance of the night came from the boys 12 and under 100-yard freestyle relay team of Jake Whiting, Andrew LaPlante, Peter Faucella and PJ Ganley. This group broke the previous 12 and under record held by their own St. Aidan’s team members. Not to be outdone by their senior teammates, PJ Ganley also claimed an individual record in the 50-yard backstroke.

As per tradition, the coaches and athletes celebrated the conclusion of their season with a team party. Graduating high school senior Joanna Barilla received the Richard Halsted Award, given to the swimmer who best exemplifies the qualities of dedication, perseverance, sportsmanship, team spirit and leadership. The award is named in honor of the program’s founding coach, Richard Halsted. Coach Kevin McEnery also received an appreciation of service award for his generous long-term commitment to the team and passion for the sport of swimming.

Swim team member Stephanie Lobaccaro organized a food drive to coincide with the team party, resulting in an abundant food donation to the St. Aidan’s Parish Outreach Program.

The following swimmers received the Coaches Award for the 2009 season: 8 and under - Natalie Reisman, Reagen Fekert and Richard Sullivan; 10 and under – Maryann Lennon, Cole Horan and Luke Mazzeo; 12 and under - Brynna Robinson and Brian Keane; 14 and under – Ana Godsell and Matt Broncato; 17 and under – Liz Sheerin and Michael Hogan. This award is given to those swimmers who demonstrate dedication, discipline and team spirit in both training and competition.

Congratulations to the swimmers and coaches of the St. Aidan’s swim team for another memorable and exciting year.

The St. Aidan’s swim team holds registration in November and try-outs in December. For further information, visit www.staidanscyo.org.