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ST. ANTHONY'S HIGH SCHOOL, NY Franciscan Brothers



ST. ANTHONY'S HIGH SCHOOL, NY Franciscan Brothers


ST. ANTHONY'S HIGH SCHOOL, NY Franciscan Brothers

Team News.

Team News

1 year ago @ 1:07PM

Season Wrap Up


First and foremost, the Girls Varsity Swim Team would like to thank our incredible athletic director, Mr. Minucci, Brother David, and the entire administration and staff for working so hard and supporting all of the talented St. Anthony’s teams. We are all honored to represent our incredible school.

What an outstanding season for the Girls Varsity Swim Team! A team can not have success without great leadership. From day 1, our 15 seniors were united and focused on getting this team to fire on all cylinders. These seniors along with our captains Mary McKenna and Katherine Grefski had this team of 34 talented athletes fired up for success. They swam to an 8-1 dual meet record only falling to the NYS Federation Champs, Sacred Heart.

Due to our swimmers not being able to compete at Federation States, we had our first CHSAA Intersectional State Championship where the Buffalo Teams traveled to Long Island to compete at our championships. This made for a great meet and filled with

outstanding competition. The Lady Friars swam to a 3rd place overall finish and after two days of swimming, 82% of the swims were personal best times. Our Top team scorers were Olivia Glaser, Mary McKenna, Sofia Smerechniak, and Brooke Davies.  I’d like to give a special shout out to all our State Team qualifiers, Sophia Smerechniak in the both the 100 and 200 freestyle. Olivia Glaser qualified in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Mary McKenna in the 200 IM and 500 free. We also had a State Qualifying 400 freestyle relay consisting of swimmers Sofia Smerechniak, Katherine Grefski, Olivia Glaser, and Mary McKenna In addition to all the incredible swimming, for the first time in our school history this team was awarded the League Sportsmanship award something that Coach McBride stated was so well deserved and long overdue.  

The Friars also learn to give back. At our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Meet, the Lady Friars collected donations and this year gave a team record setting $1300 to Anna White’s aunt for her Whispering Wings fundraiser.  This entire coaching staff couldn’t be more proud.  This team may have not held a plaque over their heads this year… but they sure swam like champions.

Finally, a huge thank you to Coaches Liz Welling, Amanda Barry and St. Anthony’s Hall of Fame inductee Amy Ormond. You have so much to offer our Friar swimmers and this program would not be complete without you. It’s an honor to stand on a pool deck with you

Team Scholar - Olivia Glaser

MVP -  Mary McKenna - 

Mary has been one of our top point scorers throughout her Friar career. She is our current team record holder and All American in the 200 IM and 500 free.  Mary anchored both our freestyle relays swimming a 25.01 in the 200 and 53.39 in the 400 relay.

She has not only become one of the most decorated Friars in our swimming history, but also a phenomenal team leader and Captain.

On a side note: Mary honored the memory of Friar swimmer Maggie Fischer again swimming 5.6 miles across the Great South Bay in 1 hour and 41 minutes, finishing 2nd overall.  She was the top female finisher smashing her record own record from the year before.  

Coach McBride has been the Girls Varsity swim coach for the past 34 seasons.  In his time as head coach, the girls have a dual meet record of 274 and 17.  They’ve won 19 league championships and 7 Catholic High School State Championships.  Coach McBride is a 17 time catholic league coach of the year, a 3 time Long Island coach of the year, and he was inducted into the Saint Anthony’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2018.

Mary will be swimming for Princeton next Fall.

Team News

1 year ago @ 6:25PM

Lady Friars get it done!

From the top of the wall.....  the Lady Friars get it done!
It was unique, but successful!  We [coaches] were extremely impressed with the improvement of this team so far.  So many of you went out of your comfort zone to try new events.  That's what a TOUGH team does!  
Some Highlights:
* Charlotte Mann (improving every time she hits the water) and freshman Hanna Whitehair in the 200 free
* Kyleigh McNulty killed it in the 200 IM 
* freshman Cameron Pupke was a double winner in the 100 fly and 100 back... both beautiful swims
* Lucy Madison has to be our most improved swimmer thus far and a double winner in the 50 and 100 free
*  Julia Charvat in the 100 free
* Julia Freedman goes back to back swimming the 500 and anchoring the 200 free relay with a great sprint
* Sophia Venditti swam her best of the season so far
*  Jorga Johannesen already beat her 500 time from Champs last year taking the win
If we continue to conquer challenges as a TEAM...  we're going to have another outstanding week!
Dan McBride

Team News

1 year ago @ 11:43AM

Girls Swimming Info

We kicked off the season Friday evening with a successful Relay Carnival where team camaraderie is already soaring.  We swim as a TEAM!
Last night was our season opener vs St. Francis Prep.  They are a big team but couldn't match the depth of the Friars!  
We had girls stepping up in spots they aren't comfortable with... but handling them like champions.  McNulty in the 200 free.  Cailinn pushing herself in the 100, already making a huge comeback.  Adrianna and Rose in the 200 IM sprinting the free to win close finishes.  Eve nailed a proper backstroke stroke count for a win.  Darcy was first off the block to get a big win.  I can go on and on....
It's a great start with MUCH WORK ahead of us.  These early meets must prepare us for TMLA and we definitely need to be prepared for Kellenberg!  They are going to bring it!  
If we keep stepping up to conquer challenges...  we will be successful!   LET'S GO FRIARS!!!
Saturday, Oct.1:
Our Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Meet!
This is a special meet with Our Lady of Mercy and St. Mary's.
It's a huge fundraiser and a FUN competitive meet!
Head Coach Dan McBride

Team News

1 year ago @ 1:03PM



All Tryouts take place at Half Hollow Hills Natatorium 

All new swimmers in all grades

Tuesday, SEPTEMBER 6TH  AT 6:00 AM

Returning Varsity Swimmers  

Tuesday, August 30th 6:00 AM


Team News

1 year ago @ 1:11PM

500 Free All American

 MARY McKENNA in the 500 free All American