Tappan Zee Repeats As Swimming Champs
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The Dutchmen grabbed the Section 1 Swimming Championship — and their coach — and dove into the pool.
Tappan Zee won its second straight Section 1 title, outlasting Horace Greeley and Suffern. The Dutchmen were led by All-American candidate Stanley Wong, who won the three events he competed in (two individuals, one relay).
The night belonged to Tappan Zee, though, and head coach Dan Rafferty could not have been more satisfied with the outcome.
"This year is just as sweet, if not sweeter," Rafferty said. "Horace Greeley is a heck of a team. Year in and year out, they are the competition. Last year we spent a lot of time just preparing for them and it worked out. But this year we were really able to just let it all out and go for a great performance."
"Horace Greeley is so deep," Wong said. "But we had so many guys working all year for a championship. I'm proud of my accomplishments, but I'm really proud of what this team has done."
Tappan Zee started things off with a bang as its 200-yard medley relay team posted a season-best 1:36.49, enough for an All-American consideration.
"These guys did it last year too,” Rafferty said. “But Stanley is a senior and Lance, Yonghoon, and Jack are swimming at their best. I can't tell the future, but this team is in a position to do something special at states."
"I don't want to brag about us," Wong said. "But we have worked very hard to get to this point. We've got some big goals ahead of us."
Wong continued his dominance later on, posting another All-American consideration in the 50-yard freestyle.
"Stanley is our leader," Rafferty said. "He's worked so hard to get here. He drives this team, I couldn't be prouder."
Though Tappan Zee ended up with a convincing victory, Horace Greeley made a big run early behind the brother combination of Taegan and Risten Clarke. The senior (Taegan) and sophomore (Risten) combo combined for 147 points with three first place finishes.