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Northport's Chloe Stepanek set two Suffolk swimming records

Chloe Stepanek of Northport broke the Suffolk County

Chloe Stepanek of Northport broke the Suffolk County Record in winning the 200 freestyle at the Suffolk County Swimming Championships at Suffolk County Community Community College, Brentwood on Nov. 5, 2016. Credit: Chloe Stepanek of Northport broke the Suffolk County Record in winning the 200 freestyle at the Suffolk County Swimming Championships at Suffolk County Community Community College, Brentwood on Nov. 5, 2016.

Northport freshman Chloe Stepanek came into the Section XI Suffolk County Girls Swimming Championships thinking she could break one record. She broke two.

“I was going for the 200-yard freestyle. I said, ‘Hey I have a shot at this.’ I looked up (after the race) and saw all my teammates cheering and yelling and I knew I won,” said Stepanek.

Stepanek’s winning time of 1 minute, 49.98 seconds broke the record of 1:50.73 set in 2007 by Kim Larson of Sayville-Bayport-Blue Point.

Stepanek also won the 500 free, clocking 4:55.60 to better the record time of 4:57.29 set in 2008 by Sayville’s Joan Weaver. Stepanek qualified for the state meet in both events.

“I realized I could break the 500 freestyle (record) and I said let me give this a shot as well. I knew I could push through it and finish it,” said Stepanek.

Margaret Purcell, a junior from Southampton, is an independent swimmer headed to the state meet as a double-winner. She took the 50 free in 24.12 and the 100 free in 52.50.

“I always say to myself I can do it, I can do it,” said Purcell. “Coming in as an independent swimmer is fun. Everyone comes together and theyre competing for a different sense and a different goal.”

Port Jefferson freshman Kyra Sommerstad is also state-bound after winning the 200 individual medley in 2:07.88 and the 100 backstroke in 57.16.

Half Hollow Hills pulled out the team championshiop by winning the final event, the 400 free relay in 3:38.32. Sayville/Bayport–Blue Point was second in 3:39. 65 and Connetquot third in 3:40.22.

HHH senior Kelly Lennon, who swam the third leg in the winning relay, said the team title — the first for Hills — “felt incredible.’’

“Being a senior . . . leaving the team as league champs, county champs . . . I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome,” said Lennon. “All the work we did, all the time we put into this pool. We deserved it. We worked hard and it finally happened.”

“Last year . . . at county we were so close, but this year we made that dream happen,” said Hills’ Rhea Randhawa.

Hills totaled 265 points. Connetquot was second with 260 and Sayville / Bayport-Blue Point third with 256.5.

The state championships at Ithaca College are Nov. 18-19.

“Walking into states, now everyone will know we won counties. They know who we are. It puts more pressure on us but I’m ready,” said Lennon.

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