Molly Treble, whose name is all over the Massapequa High School swimming record book, added another medal to her array of hardware this season when she became the school's first state swimming champion.
Treble won the gruelling 500-yard freestyle in 4 minutes, 52.27 seconds at the state meet in Ithaca three weeks ago.
Coach Natalie Gallagher (Brittell) described Treble as a humble and modest person whose confidence comes out in the pool. After qualifying as the top seed in the preliminaries of the 500, Treble expressed that confidence to her coach on race day.
"She said to me 'I can win this,' " said Gallagher. "People think I'm making that up but it's true. She knew she had it in her."
Treble said she believed in all of her hard work and was familiar with the swimmers she was up against. "I was looking at the other competitors and I'd raced them many times," said Treble. "I told myself I could do it and I worked away the nerves and just raced."
Treble also competed in the 200-freestyle at the state championships, placing third with a time of 1:50.71, a school record.
Treble is Massapequa's most versatile swimmer, according to Gallagher, and her ability to race outside her comfort zone was a major part of Massapequa's 6-1 record in Conference II, the best in school history.
"She is a pleasure to coach," said Gallagher. "She's the type of kid who will swim in any event and when she gets up on the blocks we can all just feel her confidence."
Treble knows the team feeds off of her attitude and takes that responsibility seriously. "I feel that a lot of the freshman look up to the older girls. I looked up to them when I was freshman . . . it motivated me a lot," she said.
"All season she swam races to benefit the team," said Gallagher. "The girls know if Molly is anchoring they're going to get 120 percent from her."
Treble already owns five individual records and three relay records, so what does she hope to accomplish next season? "I want to be state champion in both the 200 and 500 freestyle," she said.