In his first year on the team, South Side-Lynbrook’s Timothy Marski took first in three of 12 events at the Nassau boys swimming championships on Saturday.
The senior helped guide South Side-Lynbrook to a victory in the opening 200-yard medley relay in 1:36.06 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center at Eisenhower Park. Individually, Marski won the 100-yard butterfly with an All-American automatic time of 48.63.
He also won the 50-yard freestyle (20.54), edging Great Neck South’s Andy Lee by 0.9 second. Both were All-American qualifying times.
“I thought he had two amazing performances in the individual events,” South Side-Lynbrook coach Ryan Clark said. “He really wanted to attack that 50-free. He took it right from the start. He had a hard turn, came off it fast, finished to the wall. It was unbelievably close, but Tim was determined to get his hand on that wall first.”
Marski qualified for all eight individual events and three relays at the state championships.
Lee would finish first in the 100-yard freestyle (45.26).
Long Beach won the team championship with a 338, followed by Syosset (330) and Port Washington-Roslyn (299).
Troy Morris of Long Beach, along with Griffen Schimmel, Aidan Kennedy and Ryan Aroesty won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:26.99.
After placing second last season, Morris said the team knew that the county was going to be its goal this season from the start.
“I’m really happy to take the win today,” he said. “It was really close. All the other teams are really very good. This is really a great moment for me, my coach and the rest of the team. Everyone really battled it out today and put their best effort in, so I’m really proud.”
Long Beach coach John Skudin added performing well in the preliminaries on Friday prepared the team to win the Nassau championship.
“It was really just an outstanding effort from the entire team, because there is no one individual on a team, it’s a team,” he said. “That’s the way we do it. So the team won, and they did great and they worked hard. I’m very happy, and I’m very happy for them.”
Garden City had three first-place finishes. John Protano won the 100-yard breaststroke in 57.17 and was a member of the first place 400-yard freestyle relay (3:12.19). He will be swimming in six state events.
The junior, who made his state championship debut last year on a relay team said the feeling inspired him to do better this year the future.
“I had that mentality the whole year through and my reality was that I just made six state events,” he said. “It was unbelievable, it was amazing. I love the way I am and being part of this team. It’s just incredible.”
The state championships will be held on March 2 and 3 at Nassau Aquatic Center.