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Treble sisters hit high notes for Massapequa swim team

Massapequa's Molly Treble wins the Girls 500 Freestyle

Massapequa's Molly Treble wins the Girls 500 Freestyle in a time of 4:59.79. (Nov. 5, 2011) Credit: Bob Mitchell

Molly and Cara Treble enjoy their sibling relationship. And the Massapequa girls swim team has reaped the rewards of it.

The Treble name is listed on eight of the team's 11 alltime stroke event records, including both freestyle relays that each sister swam on.

"It's fun, but it gets competitive sometimes," said Molly, a senior.

"I'm like in her shadow. Molly's little sister," said Cara, a sophomore.

"It sounds corny, but I'm proud of them no matter what they do," coach Natalie Gallagher said. "It doesn't matter where they finish, they always have the best attitudes. They are the girls that bring the team together."

Molly owns the Chiefs' record in the 50-yard (25.19 seconds), the 200 (1:50.71) and 500 (4:57.42) freestyles, and also the 200 individual medley (2:18.45). Cara holds the school record in the 100 freestyle (52.97). They combined with Casey Signorelli and Sarah Woods on the 200 free relay school mark (1:45.77) last year, and joined Signorelli and Taylor Lotito in establishing the 400 free relay (3:55.06) record, also set last year.

Signorelli is a returning senior and captain, while Lotito is a junior and Woods is a sophomore.

"You find that pace and go with it," said Molly, the defending state champion in the 500 freestyle. "You kind of have to tell yourself you've trained for this, you've done the work to get the job done and there's nothing to worry about."

Cara was the county champ and placed 11th in the state in the 100 free last season.

"It's all about how I push through the pain," Cara said. "You've got to swing your arms faster and go."

Molly, who has committed to Notre Dame, and Cara say they thrive off Gallagher's practice T-shirt words that read, "Swim now, breathe later."

Massapequa, which finished 6-1 in Conference II dual meets last season, is still looking for its first win of this season after moving up to Conference I. The Chiefs swim against Long Beach on Tuesday,

"It's fun to win, frustrating when you're in a funk," Cara said.

"You can do anything you put your mind to," Molly said. "It's inside you. Believe in yourself."

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