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East Meadow, St. John relays impress

East Meadow's Chris Garzia, Tom Ford, Kyle Bettex and Tom Milian finished second in 60.3 seconds in the shuttle hurdle relay yesterday at the national championships in Greensboro, N.C. It was the third straight year the Jets finished second in the race.

The St. John the Baptist 4 x 800-meter relay team of Brandon Camenzuli, Sean Ferguson, Seitu Solomon and Hunter Burrell finished sixth and earned All-American status with a time of 7:37.93. That bested the Suffolk record SJB set the week before and broke a CHSAA record which stood since 1969, according to coach David Wood.Rowing

Manhasset's women's lightweight 4-plus team of Justine Yanakov, Keagan Hanley, Katharine Frost and sisters Olivia and Sarah Henry took second in the USRowing Youth National Championships June 12 on Melton Hill Lake in Oak Ridge, Tenn.

The girls finished in 7 minutes, 44.99 seconds, 1.9 seconds behind Sarasota. The silver medal was Manhasset's first in national competition.

"It's something we've long wanted to accomplish," coach Hugo Guardado said. " . . . For the kids, the coaches, the school, we're very proud."

The girls' previous best finish was seventh in 2009 and 2010. Manhasset's boys lightweight 4-plus boat took first in the 'B' final (6:59.71), good for seventh overall.

Nina Vascotto of club team Sagamore Rowing, brought a bronze medal home. She finished the women's single Grand Final in 8:24.96, 1.15 seconds off the winning time.

Vascotto, a Friends Academy junior, won silver in the state tournament to qualify.

The girls lightweight 4-plus boat (Sigal Markowitz, Micailah Donner, Gabby Dell'Aquillo, Amanda Massey and Liam Gagliano) took sixth (7:59.03) in the Grand Final. The girls pair of Shannon Dennington and Emma Gugerty took first (8:54.85) in the 'C' final.

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