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Garden City boys dominate at Nassau swimming championship meet

Garden City's Joseph Lozano swims the breaststroke leg

Garden City's Joseph Lozano swims the breaststroke leg of the 200-yard IM during the Nassau boys swimming individual championships. (Feb. 11, 2013) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

No surprise here: Garden City, the favorite all season, won the Nassau boys swimming championship meet by a large margin Saturday afternoon at Eisenhower Park.

Kyle Zarriello, Joseph Lozano, Delaney Hall and Franis Caponegro finished first in the 200-yard medley relay in 1:38.85.

Lozano also placed first in the 200 individual medley in 1:53.24 and the 100 breastroke in 57.27.

Hall won the 100-butterfly in 52.39, contributing to Garden City's overall team score of 525.

John Gaffney, Ryan Brown, Christopher Crafa and Connor Brown closed out the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 3:25.77. Brown also won the 500 freestyle in 4:39.58.

The winning swimmers advanced to the state championship meet, held Feb. 28-Mar. 1 in Webster, N.Y.

Syosset's Nick Woska won the diving event with a score of 528.

Farmingdale's swimmers did not disappoint, finishing in second with 310 total points. Jimmy Barnola won the 100 freestyle in 48.72 and the 100 backstroke in 54.02. Barnola, Nader Golshahr, Kenny Laine and Bobby Browne placed first in the 200 frestyle relay in 1:30.36.

Farmingdale coach Ken Ilchuk praised his standout swimmer.

"Barnola is a great competitor, a really strong kid and he loves to race," Ilchuk said.

Barnola will be heading up to the state championship meet, along with Golshahr, Laine andBrowne, who will be competing in the 200 freestyle relay.

The group has already broken the school record in that event at 1:30.30. Getting second place means a lot to Farmingdale, a team that hasn't done better than third place since the early 90s.

Ilchuk made sure to recognize how tough the first-place Garden City squad is.

Said Ilchuk, "They have unbelievable swimmers at the top of their lineup."


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