ITHACA, N.Y. - One day, maybe three years from now -- or perhaps even next November -- the 2013 New York State Swimming and Diving Championships will be viewed as the year that the torch was passed. As one L.I. champion left her mark on state competition, another had begun to etch her name into the record book.
Massapequa's Molly Treble -- a senior bound for Notre Dame -- won the 200-yard freestyle at Saturday's meet at Ithaca College. She shared the spotlight with Long Beach freshman Margaret Aroesty, who touched first in the 100 breaststroke.
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"I took it out fast and gave it all I had," Treble said after her winning time of 1 minute, 49.98 seconds also earned her All-American consideration. "I don't really remember my races. It's all a big blur. I just swim."
After winning the 500 freestyle state title last season, Treble was proud to add gold in another event to her trophy case.
"It shows that I'm a diverse swimmer," she said.
Treble placed second in the 500 finals Saturday, swimming a 4:49.24, 0.21 seconds behind Pittsford's Lindsay Stone. The 500 is a grueling endurance event -- 20 laps of state-championship pressure.
"Your body goes into 'fight or flight' mode," Treble said of the race. "You don't feel the pain until you hit the wall."
As Treble stood around the awards stand, she was greeted by well-wishers, teammates and opponents alike.
"It was an overall great experience," Treble said.
Meanwhile, Aroesty got her first taste of state glory, clocking 1:04.10 in the 100 breaststroke.
"I was confident," Aroesty said. "I had a lot of adrenaline before the race."
Aroesty said her strong turns were a large reason why her name appeared highest on the scoreboard when the final swimmer in the last heat had touched the wall.
"Turns can make or break you, especially in a 100," she said. "My turns today were pretty good. I got off the wall very quickly."
Aroesty's strong underwater strokes were another reason for the title. "I thought they were pretty fast," she said.
Aroesty also finished fourth in the 200 individual medley, in 2:05.46.
St. Anthony's senior Melissa Bischoff won the Catholic state title in the 100 backstroke, finishing seventh overall in 58.20 seconds.
"My underwaters were really good," Bischoff said. "I spun my hands really fast. That's really all a sprint is."
The championship was her third consecutive Catholic title. "It's pretty awesome, especially to do it as a senior," Bischoff said of the streak. "After getting the first two, I felt like I should just do it again.
Ward Melville and St. Anthony's went one-two in the 200 medley relay, and Northport senior Nicole Papsco swam 1:05.00 to finish third in the 100 breaststroke, an event she won here a year ago. Babylon senior Julianne Koch was third in the 200 freestyle in 1:51.41.
Bellmore JFK was third in team scoring with 145 points. Clarence won with 240 points.