Thirteen is the lucky number for Garden City's girls swimming team. The Trojans won their 13th straight Nassau championship with 534 points Saturday at Nassau Aquatic Center.
"This win is great not only for me, but also for the Garden City community," said coach Anne Sullivan. "I'm very proud of my girls and how they swam."
Bellmore-Merrick came in second with a 427. Manhasset finished third with 342.
Garden City won only one event, the 200-medley relay. The team of Marie Clarkson, Natasha Senken, Kelly Quinn, and Julia Hall qualified for the state championships and set a school record with a time of 1:52.69.
The Trojans (7-0, 5-0 Conference I) were able to capitalize on their depth, with three or more of their swimmers finishing in the top 20 in eight of the 12 events and three second-place finishers.
Clarkson qualified for states in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.66. Lindsay Schlichte qualified in the 200 freestyle (1:52.81) and in the 500 freestyle (5:05.92).
This is Sullivan's 15th championship in 17 years. "I put a lot of pressure on myself because I know that the streak can end at anytime," Sullivan said. "But my girls are always motivated because they don't want to be the ones to lose."
Garden City's dual-meet record the past 10 years is 96-0. The Trojans' last loss came in 2001 against Sewanhaka.
Garden City had 21 swimmers achieve a personal-best in their events. The Trojans will graduate nine seniors from this year's team.
"Maybe [we] won't even be the team to beat next year," Sullivan said with a laugh. "But we will continue to compete and hopefully we can keep the streak going."
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