Shoreham-Wading River's Emily Anderson qualified for the state swimming tournament, winning the 100-breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:07.93 yesterday at the independent swimmer tournament at Ward Melville. Anderson made the cut by 0.67 seconds and was the only one to qualify at Friday's meet, which is for swimmers who do not have teams large enough to compete in dual meets.
There were 46 swimmers from 14 Suffolk districts at the pool, with some close calls for state cut times. Patchogue-Medford's Sarah Kanfer won the 100-butterfly in 1:01.76, 1.74 seconds above a state-qualifying time and Nancy Shemet (Miller Place) and Rita Chen (Port Jefferson) came in first and second in the 100 freestyle in 55.70 and 56.20. The state time is 54.36.
"I've been trying all year," said Shemet, who qualified twice previously. Chen said that the key seemed to be tending to the "simple stuff" -- the dive, the kickouts, and the mental game. Both said they loved the thrill of the individual tournaments "because, even if we don't have a school team, the independents feel like our team," Shemet said. They'll have three more chances to make the cut -- at Sayville, Deer Park and the county tournament, with both already having met that qualifying standard.
-- LAURA ALBANESE