Successful Swimming Season for Massapequa


Despite the season being only two months long, the Massapequa boys swim and dive team finished off their 2021 season with four solid wins and only two losses.

Holding the season during the pandemic yielded a couple of changes to what everyone was used to. The NCSA sports organization advised high schools across the country to limit extra physical contact and to make sure that competitors keep socially distant when possible.

Masks were to be worn as soon as a swimmer exited the pool and for any other time spent outside of the pool.

However, the boys swim team made the most out of their season, from getting their best times to committing to swim in college. 

At the NYSPHSAA Section VIII Division Championships, multiple swimmers set personal records. 

Micheal Falcone swam 1:57.57 in the 200-yard freestyle swim along with Noah Hernadez with 29.04 in the 50-yard backstroke. Vincent Franco also set a personal record in the 50-yard backstroke with 33.73 and 1:09.32 in the 100-yard backstroke.

At the Nassau County Swimming and Diving Championships, Connor Gorman, Anthony Ogurick, and Christopher San Fillippo finished in the top 20 for their individual events. 

Seniors Michael Falcone, Vincent Franco, Vincenzo Ragusa and Noah Hernandez, Junior Christopher Fitzpatrick and Freshman Tristan Erdhardt all qualified for counties!

Top swimmer Senior Micheal Falcone excels in the 100-yard fly with a personal best of 56.65. Falcone recently committed to Cortland and will be swimming for them next year. 

Soon after commitment Falcone claims, “I committed to Cortland because I felt a strong connection to the swim team, the school, and the teammates. I loved all of their energy and how highly they spoke of their school.” 

Working hard throughout the pandemic while playing a tough, competitive sport was a challenge, however, it was worth it for the team in that they were able to socially connect while playing their sport simultaneously. 

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