By Candice Peak
BRONX, New York. February 25. LONG Island Aquatic Club (LIAC) men and Asphalt Green Unified Aquatics (AGUA) women took charge of the 2010 Senior Metropolitan Short Course Championships at Lehman College this past weekend.
On the women's side, National Youth Team member Annie Zhu from AGUA had a total of six wins including five individual wins and one relay win. Zhu swam to first in the 100 back (57.14), 50 free (24.15), 500 free (4:48.39) 200 breast (2:13.84), and 200 fly (2:02.87). Zhu also swam on AGUA's winning 400 medley relay (3:49.15).
Fellow National Youth Team member, Lia Neal, who won the 200 IM (2:03.19) and the 100 free (49.55) and Danielle Sims, who won the 200 back (2:02.02), joined Zhu on AGUA's winning relay.
Emily Kelly of LIAC, also a National Youth Team member, had multiple wins, winning the 200 free (1:50.22) and 1650 free (16:47.34) and was a member of LIAC's winning 800 free relay (7:36.80).
Other winners included Daniela Rueda of AGUA, Olivia Chan and Casey Francis of LIE, and Courtney Ciardiello of Badger Aquatics. Rueda won the 1000 free (10:03.63), Chan won the 100 breast (1:04.50), Francis won the 400 IM (4:26.05), and Ciardiello won the 100 fly (56.08).
For the men, another National Youth Team member, Jack Wagner of LIAC swam to five individual wins and one relay win breaking some meet records along the way.
Wagner broke his own record in the 200 IM (1:51.18) and broke a 24-year-old record in the 100 back (49.95). His effort in the 100 back downed the meet record of 50.17 set by Rick Carey back in 1986.
Wagner also won the 200 free (1:40.45), 200 back (1:49.78), 100 free (44.98) and was a member of LIAC's winning 800 free relay (6:53.64).
Alex Gianio from Badger won four events including the 400 IM (3:58.34), 500 free (4:35.46), 1000 free (9:24.45) and 1650 free (15:49.97).
Brandon Modrov of Hauppage Athletic Association swept the breaststrokes winning the 100 breast (56.71) and 200 breast (2:04.73).
New York Aquatic Club had two winning relays including the 400 medley relay (3:24.70) and 400 free relay (3:07.14). Members of those relays Daniel Diette and Brian Kelly had individual wins in the 100 fly (50.26) and 50 free (20.83) respectively.
The lone win from Empire Swim Club came from Michael Nicholson who won the 200 fly (1:53.08).
LIAC won the championship with a combined score of 1120 points, Badger Swim Club came in second with 825 points, and AGUA came in third with 754 points.