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The Swimming Scene: Wendt impresses in the water, classroom

Bay Shore swimmer Julia Wendt has equally impressive scores in the water and in the classroom.

The senior will likely compete in the 50 free and 100 free at counties this season, where’s she’s so far posted a 24.46 in the 50 free and a 59.55 in the 100 free. She also helped break the 200-medley relay school record on Oct. 7 with a time of 2:01.56. The old record, which stood since 2007, was 2:01.89.

Perhaps more impressive? She’s ranked second in her high school class, scored a 2160 on her SATs, made the principal’s list for 10 quarters, is an AP scholar with distinction and was a semifinalist for the national merit scholarship award (take a breath after repeating all that). She hasn’t committed to a college yet, though she is looking at a few upscale schools (cough, cough Princeton).

“I had her since seventh grade, this is her sixth year competing now, and when you first meet her she’s quiet and modest,” coach Mariusz Borkowski said. “But really she’s very intense. And she has a tremendous work ethic when it comes to practice and school. And I don’t say tremendous a lot, but she’s really tremendous.”

“I would say quite a bit, when she first came out she wasn’t really a swimmer, she was more of a dancer,” he said. “She also went to track and rowed in the springtime. She’s a really well rounded athlete. In terms of girls she’s very mature, very patient.”

“She has a great attention to details and great technique for preseason and off-season,” he said. “And then she just applies it in the water and it works pretty well.”