It's hard to call Olivia Chan's 2010 state experience a mixed bag. Because while she "only'' defended one of her two public school titles from 2009, she posted personal state bests in both events.
"I was very satisfied how it came out,'' she said. "The most important thing is trying your best. It would have been nice to get both championships. But I think this is a great thing for me, to see what I can do compared to other great swimmers.''
Chan, a sophomore who swims for Sewanhaka and attends New Hyde Park, again placed first in the 100-yard breaststroke (1 minute, 3.21 seconds) at the public school championships, improving from a 1:04.48 winning mark in 2009. She finished second in the 200 Individual Medley (2:03.95), an event she won in 2009, but posted a time nearly three seconds better than her 2:06.35 last season.
Chan will compete at the Short Course Junior Nationals in Atlanta next week in both events.
race to remember
The 400-free relay team of Casey Francis, Megan Brady, Frances Warren and Emily Tan lost to rival St. Anthony's during the regular season, costing their school the dual-meet title.
"We went into that relay thinking, 'Oh, they have it.' But they were touched out at the end,'' coach Mary White said. "I don't want to say they came back with a vengeance, but they had a point to prove. They were better than that.''
After beating the Friars in the event at the CHSAA championships, the quartet clocked the best time (3:32.69) at the State Federation Championships. They also finished fourth in the 200-free relay (1:38.95). "I don't think they believed they won it,'' White said. "It was a good feeling.''