Long Island added two more state qualifiers in boys swimming on Tuesday. Erik Heinemann of Cold Spring Harbor qualified in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:52.64, the state cut time was 4:55.18. Bellmore-Merrick's Austin Kowalsky qualified in the 50 free, his second qualifying event, with a time of 22.26. The state cut for the 50 freestyle is 22.51.
Oceanside coach Andy Morris recorded his 200th win in the Sailors' Friday meet against Hicksville. Morris, who has coached gymnastics for 28 years, led Oceanside to a Nassau title in the 2007-08 season. "There's a girl who's a track coach and she was one of my kids 15 years ago," Morris said. "It's a remarkable sense of 28 years."
Morris, who began his coaching career by taking over the baseball team, said he's become especially attached to gymnastics. "[People] say they're the best athletes in the school," he said. "I started my career as a baseball coach, but I think I'll end it as a gymnastics coach."
In came Glenn, hailing from a high school of just 616 students, looking to grapple with the big boys at the Union-Endicott (Section IV) Duals last Saturday.
There was Spencerport (V), the three-time defending champion of the event, and Chenango Forks (IV), a perennial top team that placed two in the state tournament last year - and both brought their swagger.
"They know they are really good teams," Glenn coach T.J. Brocking said. "They have that aura about them. You always hear about those schools."
It didn't matter. The Knights (7-0) beat both teams en route to the title, Long Island's first since Islip won the event in 2005. "It was a goal we set at the end of last year," Brocking said of winning the tournament, which invites the top 12 teams in the state. "For our first time [being] there, it was exciting to beat their best teams."
Six Knights - Vinny Punzone (112), James Dekrone (125), Nick Meinsen (130), Nick Terdick (152), Mike Bosco (160) and Joe Giaramita (189) - went 4-0. Punzone had four pins, and Terdick (state runner-up at 140) knocked off Spencerport's Paul Morabito (sixth in the state at 145) in Glenn's 37-10 victory in the final.
Glenn, the No. 2 team in the Big 10 and defending Suffolk champion, has won 45 straight dual meets, which is one shy of the fifth longest unbeaten streak in Suffolk history behind Amityville.
Reported by Cody Derespina,
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