Manhasset High School scored a stunning win on Thursday, October 8 when the Indians faced off with the Garden City Trojans in girls swimming defeating them 84 to 82. These two rivals have always had a fierce but friendly competition over the years, but this was the first time in the history of the sport that Manhasset defeated Garden City in a closely matched dual meet.
The meet began with Manhasset taking the lead in the first half of competition. During the diving competition, the tables turned slightly in favor of Garden City who capitalized on the trend and pulling ahead at one point 15 points.
Manhasset made an excellent come back starting with Kylie Mullholland’s win in the 500 freestyle. The big thrust came with the 100 yard backstroke when Manhasset’s Claire Mc Neary, Grace Kenlon and Meredith Johnson came in at 1,2 and 4. The next race clearly showed that Manhasset was in control in breaststroke when Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Fran Antonopolous swept first, second and third and the table’s turned putting Manhasset back into first.
The final race was the 400 freestyle relay where it was anyone’s guess who would win. The race was thrilling and kept you on the edge of your seat with Garden City first at the start and Manhasset’s two relays neck and neck with the other Garden City relay. The second, third and fourth place was a three way battle. Manhasset kept its swimmers tight holding the second and third spots in the race with Garden City breathing down its neck. Should Garden City win the first and second place or first and third place in this last race, they would have been the winners. Manhasset continued it’s tight formation and came in second and third winding up the meet with Manhasset winning by two.
A number of the Manhasset girls also qualified for the New York State competition, they include Kylie Mullholland for the 500 freestyle at 5:12:48 and Claire McNeary for the 200 IM at 2:11:98 and the 100 backstroke at 1:00:35.
The Manhasset girls face their final dual meet at Long Beach next Wednesday, Oct. 14.