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Cassell swam the 200-yard breaststroke in 2 minutes, 16.48 seconds, earning him a spot in the 2016 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska. In the process, the Penn State commit continued to exemplify the perseverance that has peppered his accolade-laden high school career, the same perseverance that earned him state titles in the 100-breaststroke in his freshman and sophomore years. It also said something about Cassell's intense focus, perhaps a surprising attribute since he has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Coughlin was basically the only one treading new water for Ward Melville. After all, the last time the Patriots weren't champions, the first Bush was president. Saturday was no different, as Ward Melville claimed its 23rd straight Suffolk girls championship with 301 points. Harborfields was second with 250.50.
Connetquot has Katherine Green, a senior and six-year varsity swimmer, but then there's the rest of the cast: Emma Kopp, Michelle Wooton and Leah Russell, all freshmen, who have teamed to do what no other 200-yard freestyle relay unit has done yet this season, according to coach Alex Scichilone: qualify for the state championships during the dual meet season.
Plaschka's record time of 43.70 in winning the 100-yard freestyle topped his 44.12 record clocking set Friday in the state preliminaries. For his efforts, he was named the meet's outstanding swimmer.
At the state championship preliminary meet Friday, Smithtown senior Ben Cono broke the 100-yard breaststroke mark in 55.01 seconds and Hauppauge senior Justin Plaschka broke records in the 50 freestyle (20.08) and 100 freestyle (44.12).
Junior James Gordin won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.83 seconds and the 100 freestyle in 47.96, both state qualifying times. Gordin and his 200 freestyle relay teammates Justin Chang, Alex Park and Dylan Chan placed first in 1:29.81.
Justin Plaschka keeps winning and winning and winning. Though he's lost track of exact number, Hauppauge swimming coach Rich Lionetti said the senior has won every dual-meet event he's entered since his sophomore year.
Moments before Gunther Cassell swam the 100-yard breaststroke at the state championship meet earlier this month, his father Geoff whispered to him.
WEBSTER, N.Y. -- The finalists for the 100-yard freestyle walked out in their team warmups or sectional hoodies, marching together toward the starting blocks. All of them that is, except Hauppauge junior Justin Plaschka. He was draped in a towel, still wet after just completing the 100 butterfly minutes earlier.
WEBSTER, N.Y. -- It wasn't until the Suffolk County championships two weeks ago that Justin Plaschka committed to swim the 100-yard freestyle in this weekend's state meet.
Wantagh eighth-grader Andrew Capobianco won his second straight Nassau diving championship on Wednesday with an 11-dive score of 510.20. In addition to becoming the first seventh-grader to win the diving title last year, he is now the first eighth-grader to win it.
It's easy to miss Justin Plaschka. He's not flashy or loud or very outgoing and doesn't make a very big splash about things. Maybe not what you'd expect from the best swimmer on his team.
Jan. 10, 2012: Watch Plainview-Old Bethpage's boys swimming coach Jeryl Israel's post meet interview with MSG Varsity's Dan Jarmon about her team's 55-47 win over Long Beach.
Wheatley's BJ Schiela scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick in the 49th minute to give the Wildcats a 2-1 victory over Blind Brook in the NYS Class B Regional Final