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Long Island Swimmer of the Year
St. Anthony?s, Sr.
Yeager won St. Anthony?s first state federation championship, taking the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:49.06. He also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke with a personal-best time of 50.37.
At the CHSAA championship meet, Yeager?s time of 51.08 in the 100 backstroke set a league record and he also won the 200 IM in 1:51.89. He was named the meet?s most outstanding swimmer and won the Jack Kennedy Award winner, which goes to the swimmer who has had the best career in the league.
?He?s been phenomenal, I?ve enjoyed every single second I?ve spent coaching him,? St. Anthony?s coach Daniel McBride said. ?It was a thrill for me to see him win the state championship. I?m not only his coach; I?m a fan of Christian. I love to watch him swim, I love to watch him compete.?
Yeager leaves behind a strong legacy at St. Anthony?s, where he holds school records in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke and is part of the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay records.
?There?s a presence about Christian because of the level of swimming he?s at,? McBride said. ?He?s a great leader, he?s been able to mentor the younger swimmers. It?s going to be sad to see him go.?
Yeager is also the first swimmer in school history to qualify for Olympic trials, where he will be competing in the 200-meter backstroke in June. He will be swimming for Harvard next year.
(Credit: Newsday/Jessica Rotkiewicz)