Another CHSAA boys swimming championship, another win for Fordham Prep. The Rams won their third straight league title Sunday and sixth in the past seven years with a score of 847.50.
First place was already determined after the first event, and Chaminade and St. Anthony's battled for second place to determine the best on Long Island. Chaminade's depth proved to be the key as the Flyers scored 670 to finish second and the Friars (595.50) were third.
St. Anthony's had earned a hard-fought win over Chaminade during the regular season. It had been a bitter loss for the Flyers, especially the seniors.
"I took it very personally," Liam Cashin said. "We all did. The team was phenomenal in the way they came back today, and this is the final result."
Mike Cashin, Liam's twin, added: "In our last home meet as seniors, St. Anthony's beat us. It was a huge blow to our team, but we came back 1,000 percent better today."
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The Friars entered Sunday with a slight lead, thanks to senior Noel Theroux, who won the league diving championship Thursday with an 11-dive score of 472.10.
But Chaminade had multiple swimmers place in the top 10 in three of the early individual races and the Flyers opened a 238-207 lead through five events.
St. Anthony's closed the gap as Zachary Towers won the 100-yard butterfly in 52.11 seconds, and Conor Ryan won the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.86. The Friars were the only team besides Fordham to have first-place finishes.
"It makes this day that much sweeter," St. Anthony's coach Dan McBride said. "To be able to take down Goliath once in a while and get a few wins over Fordham was just fantastic."
But the Flyers still had more swimmers earning points than the Friars did, and that made all the difference as Chaminade never relinquished second place.
"Top to bottom in every event, I felt comfortable with all four of the swimmers we put in," Chaminade coach Angelo Pelicone said. "Our depth is really what helped us take second place."
The Flyers didn't win any events Sunday, but they got great performances all around. Liam Cashin took third in the 200 freestyle (1:44.99) and fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:53.96). Mike Cashin finished second in the 100 backstroke (52.34) and sixth in the 100 freestyle (48.87). Senior Dan Lagalante took second in the 50 freestyle (22.09) and fourth in the 100 backstroke (52.59).
Kieran Serratta placed second in the diving (420.90) and Junior Christian Foti took fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:50.42).
Chaminade had nine swimmers qualify for the state meet.