Newsday honors the top girls swimmers from the fall of 2012 with its All-Long Island team.
LONG ISLAND SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
Sewanhaka, Sr. Chan, one one of the most decorated local swimmers in recent memory, capped her stellar high school career by adding two more state titles to her collection. She captured gold in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.31) and the 100-yard breaststroke (1:02.83), giving the New Hyde Park senior seven individual championships. In 2011, she also won state titles in both events and set the Nassau record in the 100 breaststroke. Chan, who has been named Newsday’s Swimmer of the Year three times, is headed to Princeton.
SUFFOLK SWIMMER OF THE YEAR
Northport, Jr. Papsco placed second in the 100-yard breaststroke in the state Federation meet, touching in 1 minute, 4.38 seconds. She won the 100 breaststroke in the Suffolk championships with a county record time of 1:04.41. She is among the national qualifiers in 100 breaststroke, 200 IM and 400 IM. Papsco also is a two-time Suffolk champion in the 200 IM and was fourth (2:05.82) in the event in the state meet. “It was a pretty good year for me,” Papsco said. “But my goal for next year is to win the 100 breaststroke and to make Olympic trials.”
Jericho, Sr. Patrick, who holds 10 swimming records at Jericho, became the school’s first state champion this year, winning gold in the 100- yard butterfly. Her time of 56.15 was good enough to earn All-American consideration. Patrick, who qualified for the state meet three times, recently committed to Barnard College.
Bellmore-Merrick, Sr. Toback was second in the 100-yard backstroke in the Federation meet, finishing in 56.19 — a Nassau record. The highlight of her season, though, was winning two events in leading her team to a 101-82 win over Garden City. The victory captured Bellmore-Merrick’s first Conference I title and ended the Trojans’ winning streak at 103.
Massapequa, Jr. Treble captured a state title, winning the 500-freestyle. The junior was seeded first in the finals of the event and didn’t disappoint, completing the race in a personal-best time of 4:52.27 — good enough for All-American consideration. Treble also placed third at the state meet in the 200-freestyle with a school record 1:50.71. She holds six Chiefs records.
COACH OF THE YEAR
From left: Robert Kaefer - Bellmore-Merrick Head Coach, Nicole Papsco - Northport (Suffolk Swimmer of the Year), Molly Treble - Massapequa, Gabbie Toback - Bellmore-Merrick and Trudiann Patrick - Jericho. Missing from photo: Olivia Chan - Sewanhaka District (Long Island Swimmer of the Year). (Dec. 11, 2012)
Connetquot's Nicole Hetzer was among those who earned second-team honors. See the entire 2012 All-Long Island girls swimming team here.