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Monday, September 1, 2014
Bellmore-Merrick girls' swim team sweeps at counties
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Courtesy Central High School District
Six members of the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District girls’ swim team, from left, Jaimie Kaefer, Jessica Arana, Paige Kaplan, Kerry Giovanniello, Gabrielle Toback and Elizabeth Walsh, were honored at a January Board of Education for their outstanding performances at the county and state championship meets. They were joined by Superintendent Dr. Henry Kiernan, at left, their coach, Robert Kaefer, and Board of Education President Marion Blane.

2012-13 was Kaefer’s fourth year swimming for the Sharks. She was named All-Division in the 200-yard individual medley and was a member of both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that captured division titles. At the county championships, Kaefer was a member of the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays, both of which won county titles and qualified for the state championships and received All-Long Island honors. The 200-yard medley relay team finished 10th in the state and set a new school record.

Paige Kaplan

Sophomore

Kennedy High School

2012-13 was Kaplan’s second year swimming for the Sharks. Kaplan earned All-Division honors in the 200-yard individual medley and was the Division A Champion in the 100-yard butterfly. At the county championships, Kaplan received All-County honors in the individual medley and butterfly. She was also named All-Long Island as a member of the 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relays that won division and county titles. She qualified for the state championships on both relays and individually in the medley and butterfly. Kaplan holds school records in the 200-yard medley and 100-yard breaststroke.

Gabrielle Toback

Senior

Calhoun High School

2012-13 was Toback’s sixth and final year swimming for the Sharks. Toback earned All-Division honors in the 50-Yard freestyle and was the Division A backstroke champion. At the county championships, she won the 100-yard backstroke, defending her county title. She also received All-Long Island honors in the 100-yard backstroke. As a member of both the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays that won division and county titles, Toback qualified for the state championships on both relays. She also qualified individually in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. She will swim for Columbia University next year.

Liz Walsh

Seventh grade

Grand Avenue Middle School

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