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Zachary Papsco part of four winning races in Northport’s victory

Northport's Zachary Papsco wins the 100 butterfly against

Northport's Zachary Papsco wins the 100 butterfly against Smithtown on Tuesday Dec. 13, 2016 at Hauppauge. He also won the 100 breaststroke. Photo Credit: Bob Sorensen

Zachary Papsco didn’t have much to say about the four races he won for Northport boys swimming Tuesday.

Papsco won individual events in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke and was a member of the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay in Northport’s 100-80 victory over Smithtown at Hauppauge.

But after the races, the junior was thinking about the next step. He’s looking to take home state and county titles.

“It was a solid swim,” said Papsco before saying the league meets were “good setup races” for the championship meets. “I felt good in both of them so that’s good at least.”

Northport coach Drew Modrov also went on to praise Papsco’s competitiveness and junior Nick Milkey said training with swimmers like Papsco helps the whole team.

“It’s really fun to be able to train with your best friends in varsity and club,” Milkey said. “I think it helps everyone get faster.”

Milkey was the opening swimmer with Ryan Penrose, Papsco and Ethan Greenfield in Northport’s 200 medley relay win. Milkey and Papsco were the final two swimmers in the 400 free relay win with Aidan Greenfield and John Bravo. Penrose, the senior captain, also won the 200 IM.

It’s a promising start for Northport — a young program in just its second season — winning its Suffolk I opener and moving to 2-1 on the season. The team is a little more experienced than last season, but is growing in popularity.

“We didn’t have any seniors last year so that was tough but we made it through,” Milkey said. “And I think we’re definitely better this year and looking good for the future.”

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