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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