Boys Varsity Swimming
NYSPHSAA BOYS SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS CLOSE OUT
FINAL YEAR AT NASSAU AQUATIC CENTER
Author: Gessica Patregnani, Intern
The 2020 NYSPHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Championships head back to the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th. This is the 4th consecutive year and final time the Aquatic Center will host the state meet until the event moves to Ithaca College in 2021.
“The Nassau County Aquatic Center is one of the finest facilities in New York State,” said Peter Hugo, Boys Swimming and Diving Coordinator. “It is a first-class facility in almost all areas so when parents and spectators come to watch an event, they always enjoy themselves. As the Host Coordinator and State Chair, I look forward to welcoming all our coaches, athletes, parents and spectators to the Nassau County Aquatic Center.”
Opening ceremonies begin at 10:00 am on March 6th with competition beginning at 10:30 am. The swimming preliminaries make up most of the action during the morning then the diving championships start at 1:00 pm. All diving events will take place on Friday with the champion being crowned Friday evening. The 2019 Diving Champion was sophomore Alex Kenyon from Bloomfield (5). Last year, Jake Newmark from Garden City (8) highlighted the swimming performances by winning both the 200 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle.
On Saturday, state championship races start at 10:30 am with awards following the 200 Medley Relay, 200 Freestyle, 200 Individual Medley and the 50 Freestyle. Later in the afternoon more awards will follow the 100 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle and the 500 Freestyle. To conclude the day there will be awards following the 200 Freestyle Relay, 100 Backstroke, 100 Breaststroke, 400 Freestyle Relay and the Most Outstanding Swimmer/Diver award.
Admission is $8 online https://gofan.co/app/events/79953 and $10 on-site for the event.
Yes Friars... this is a Huge Week!
Tuesday Jan 21st. we go against Fordham Prep in the Battle of the Unbeaten! This will be our toughest challenge yet this year, but we WILL be prepared! The Friars are by far the toughest dual meet team in NY State, and we will bring Fordham our best!
Following the St. Francis meet, I went home so proud of this team. Shout out to all who got out of bed to make sure they got to practice! Following through with a commitment is one of the greatest traits of a Friar! You have come together and united.
You are not the 2010 team...
You are not the 2016 team.
You are not the 2017 team.
You are not the 2018 team.
You are not the 2019 team.
But... you ARE the 2020 team! You are writing your own story this year and so far it's been one heck of an exciting one! Keep pulling for each other. Keep working and pushing yourselves and your teammates to be your absolute best as we close in on the biggest challenges of this 2020 season.
What a week the Friars had!
We completed our 3 day trip to Virginia/Washington DC with a dominant performance by the boys and a great come back win for the girls.
The best part... we returned a closer bonded team that united to defeat the powerful Chaminade team 94-92! The place was ROCKIN!
Wow... what a performance! I loved every minute of it!
Next Meet is Wednesday Jan. 15th at Queen College.
The Friars again had a fantastic week!
Times are continuing to come down and I'm thrilled with the teams improvement!
Chris Stange qualified for States in the 50 free breaking a 20 year old 50 meter school record!
FYI: the Friar who held that record for 20 years, Nick Bedward, is being inducted into the St. Anthony's Hall of Fame in June! So that was a big record to take down! Chris also has bragging rights at home breaking his brothers 100 meter fly record by .01! Holy cow!
Jojo Tonna had a huge meet as a State Qualifier in the 200 free and with a sick 2nd half qualifying in the 400 (500) free!
Sofia Carrieri took 2nd place in diving with her top score of the season so far!
Jon Wu is making quite a comeback and getting faster every week.
Both Owen Glaser and freshman Matt McManus are on the cusp of qualifying for states in multiple events.
We had our annual "Width Challenge" this year that turned out to be quite the battle and tons of fun.
Chris Stange was our champion and here's who followed with some top scores:
1 Chris Stange - 66
2. Tim Rupnarian and Matt McManus - 65
3. Owen Glaser - 61
4. Jojo Tonna and Jon Wu - 60
5. Connor Brown and Brian Anzalone - 59
Outstanding job this past week.
It was a busy one... but giving 100% as Friars do, we got it done!
Great job by Jojo Tonna, Tim Rupnarian, Mark Owens and Chris Stange who qualified St. Anthony's in the Medley Relay for States.
Chris Stange qualified in the 100 fly for States!
Chris Carnevale, Nick Carrieri, and Connor McVea have already qualified for A Champs! It was a successful week!
Boys Tryout Dates will be
SWIMMING Tuesday Morning, Oct. 29th at 6:00 am in Half Hollow Hills West Natatorium.
Diving Tryouts Friday evening 8:00 PM, Oct. 25th at Half Hollow Hills West Natatorium.