November 24, 2015 7:30 am admin
Story By Linda Mittiga, Sayville Schools Public Relations
“This year’s Suffolk County Championships was another exciting meet,” Sayville-Bayport Blue Point Girls Swim Coach Nicole Mendez-Chicas reported.
Coach Mendez-Chicas continued. “On Saturday, (November 7th) Julia Horan, Leighann Gensch, Ally Alliegro, Tricia Shiebler, Meghan Caraher, Megan Donnelly, and Mackenzie Thomas swam their hearts out. It was very close, with coaches huddled around the score sheets after each event to see who was winning. It came down to Sayville/Bayport/Bluepoint, Half Hallow Hills (HHH), Connetquot/East Islip (CONN), and Ward Melville (WM).”
“Although the other teams had more than double the amount of swimmers than SayBayBlue, the motivation of our girls was unparalleled,” Coach Mendez-Chicas added proudly. “Every single swimmer beat her best time of the season and/or moved up in the rankings. Most of the girls swam lifetime bests! It came down to the last event, where our girls swam yet another best time and got the final points to win the meet! SayBayBlue is the 2015 Swimming & Diving Suffolk County Champion, breaking Ward Melville’s 23 year winning streak!”
Other great stats:
• Megan Donnelly made States in the 100: Butterfly and placed 4th in the County. During the course of the season, Julia Horan and Mackenzie Thomas (senior and 8th grader from Bayport, respectively) also made States in the 100 Backstroke. At Counties, they placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively. We also had 2 relays make States. Julia Horan, Meghan Caraher, Megan Donnelly, and Mackenzie Thomas not only made States in the 200 Medley Relay, they also placed 1st in the county and broke both the school record in meters and in yards. Julia Horan, Megan Donnelly, Leighann Gensch, and Mackenzie Thomas made States in the 400 Freestyle Relay, placing 4th in the county. Meghan Caraher also deserves recognition. She placed 2nd in the county in the 500 Freestyle and 4th in the County in the 100 Breaststroke, missing the State cut by less than 1 second.
With the Sayville-Bayport Blue Point Girls Swim Team swimming the event in yards at States, Coach Mendez-Chicas has great confidence her team will “crush their own record” in States.
Good luck, Girls!
Megan Donnelly, Meghan Caraher, Julia Horan*, Mackenzie Thomas*
The team who swam at counties jumping in after they announced SayBayBlue as the 2015 Suffolk County Champions!
Julia Horan*, Meghan Caraher, Coach Nicole Mendez-Chicas, Megan Donnelly & Mackenzie Thomas* (These girls placed 1st in Suffolk County in the 200 Medley Relay. They broke both the school’s records in yards and meters. The Coach is holding their meter record.)
Back row- Katie Feely, Megan Donnelly, Rachel Cody*, Coach Ray Willie, Patricia Shiebler*, Leighann Gensch, Mackenzie Thomas*, Meghan Caraher, Coach Nicole Mendez-Chicas front row- Julia Horan*, Ally Alliegro*