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Sewanhaka's Chan adds two more state titles to stellar swimming career

Sewanhaka's Olivia Chan takes off during the 200-yard

Sewanhaka's Olivia Chan takes off during the 200-yard IM at the NYS Federation Championship swimming finals at Ithaca College. (Nov. 17, 2012) Credit: Robyn Wishna

ITHACA -- Sewanhaka's Olivia Chan closed out her stellar high school swimming career with two more state titles at yesterday's NYSPHSAA swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College.

In all, Nassau County swimmers took home four state titles, while several Long Island swimmers posted times that exceeded standards for All-American status and All-American Consideration.

Chan, who qualified for the U.S. Olympic trials last summer, earned career state titles six and seven by winning the 200-yard individual medley (2 minutes, 3.31 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:02.83). Chan, who attends New Hyde Park High School, won the IM by more than one second and topped the field in the breaststroke by more than two seconds. Both of her finals times garnered Chan All-American Automatic status.

She is a four-time state breaststroke champion, and three-time state champion in the IM.

"The motivation is being around these girls that support me and I can support them," said Chan. "It is such a great feeling that I can represent (Nassau County) as an athlete and to win, and after going through Hurricane Sandy."

Molly Treble, a junior from Massapequa, placed first in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:52.27 to earn All-American status in the event. Treble, who was seeded first in the finals, won the race in the final 100-150 yards, according to Massapequa coach Natalie Gallagher.

"She came out with a strong kick and really picked it up in the last 100,'' Gallagher said. "The leaders were pretty much neck-and-neck until then, but Molly turned it up.''

Treble placed fourth in the 500 in last year's state meet. Said Gallagher, "She's really on cloud nine. She comes to me before the race and said, 'I can do this!' And she did.''

Treble also finished third in the 200 freestyle, clocking 1:50.73 for All-American Consideration.

"I used the energy from [the 200] to push me in the 500," said Treble. "I tried to keep it easy in the beginning [of the 500], keeping it nice and loose, and stay with the competition and not get behind. When I felt I had the energy, I took it and went for it."

Trudiann Patrick won Jericho's first state title, clocking 56.15 in the 100 butterfly. Patrick was in the middle of the pack at the 50-yard split, trailing the leader by nearly two seconds. But with her last two strokes she overtook the leader and touched in an All-American Consideration mark.

"My distance training really contributed to how I ran my race with a bring-it-home-fast-finish. I just powered through the last 25 yards and kept my head down," said Patrick.

Bellmore-Merrick's Gabbie Toback and Northport's Nicole Papsco also posted times that exceeded All-American Consideration. Toback recorded a 56.19, placing second in the 100 backstroke. Papsco, likewise, placed second in the 100 breaststroke, touching in 1:04.38. Papsco also finished fourth in the 200 IM.

Other top-10 finishers for Long Island: Ward Melville sixth and Connetquot seventh, 200 medley relay; Julianne Koch (Bayport), seventh and Kerry Giovanniello (Bellmore-Merrick) ninth, 200 free; Marina Preiss (East Hampton-Bridgehampton-Pierson-Shelter Island), fifth, 50 free and ninth, 100 free; Jessica Arana (Bellmore-Merrick), seventh and Nicole Hetzer (Connetquot) 10th, 100 fly; Lindsay Schlichte (Garden City) sixth and Giovanniello, ninth, 500 free; and Koch, ninth, 100 backstroke.

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