Molly Treble doesn't have to think much when she's in the water. The Massapequa senior lets her training and raw talent do the work for her. Maybe that's what makes her so good.
"I don't really remember my races," Treble said after her triumph in the state swimming and diving championships. "It's all a big blur. I just swim."
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All the way to earning Newsday's Long Island swimmer of the year honors.
Those championships, held on Nov. 22-23 in Ithaca, solidified her place in Long Island swimming lore. Treble won the 200-yard freestyle in one minute, 49.98 seconds - her second consecutive state title. Last season, she won the 500-yard free.
Both of her 200-free swims at the championships were something to talk about. Her 1:49.28, swam in the preliminary round, gave her All-American status.
Treble also took home a silver medal. She finished second in the 500-yard free, finishing in 4:49.24 - another All-American time.
The two medals showed the senior's diversity. The events are tremendously different, the 200-free acting as a sprint while the 500-free is a test of both endurance and heart.
"Your body goes into 'fight or flight' mode," Treble said of the 500-free. "You don't feel the pain until you hit the wall . . . With the 200, you have to go out strong and give it everything you have from the beginning. With the 500, you can't do that or you'll die [out]."
The Notre Dame-bound senior was the Nassau champion in both events. She won the 200-free in 1:52.52 and the 500-free in 5:01.71.