Garden City girls claim 15th straight county swim title

Garden City's swimming dynasty continued Saturday as the Trojans won their 15th consecutive Nassau County championship. GC had only one top-three finisher but its overall depth clinched the team title with 458.5 points. Bellmore-Merrick was second (449) and Manhasset was third (400).

"We were able to take chunks out of each event," GC coach Anne Sullivan said. "We had four finalists in the 100 fly. That was big for us."

Gabby Clarkson was the highest finisher for Garden City, placing third in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.54 seconds. She also qualified for the state meet in the 100 freestyle in 54.15.

Garden City also had three relay teams (200 IM, 200 freestyle, 400 freestyle) qualify for the state meet.

Massapequa sophomore Cara Treble broke records in the 50 free (23.91) and 100 free (51.91). Her sister Molly, a senior, was named MVP after winning her third straight county championship in the 500 free (4:58.84). She is the defending state champion in that event. Molly also won her second straight 200 freestyle title (1:53.75).

"Each win is great and I can't be more proud of them," Massapequa coach Natalie Gallagher said. "That feeling never wears off."

Bellmore-Merrick junior Jessica Arana and Long Beach freshman Margaret Aroesty were individual double-winners. Arana won the 100 fly (56.87) and the 100 back (57.95). Aroesty claimed the 200 IM (2:05.35) and the 100 breaststroke (1:05.92).

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