7th-grader Mary McKenna Makes States in 500 Free


Wantagh’s All Division 200 Freestyle Relay

Grace Anne McKenna and Grace Tague, Editors in Chief

The Wantagh Girls’ Varsity Swim team dove into their season with a meet against Manhasset. Two months later, they embraced their victories in the post-season at the Nassau County Division and County Championships. Most of the team qualified for Nassau County Division Championships.

Moreover, some girls qualified for Nassau County Championships. These include Grace Anne McKenna, Grace Tague, Mary McKenna, Hannah Dimarinis, Grace Conway, Grace Massari, Mia Connolly, Elizabeth Farragher and Kristina Fuchs. County Finalists were Mary McKenna (500 Freestyle and 200 IM) and Grace Tague (50 Freestyle.)

Wantagh featured a state qualifier this year, 7th grader Mary McKenna, who made states and All County Recognition in the 500 free with a personal best of 5:13.45. Earlier in the meet, she broke the school’s 200 Individual Medley record with a time of 2:16.33. The following day at finals, Mary broke her own record with a 2:15.69, which made her All Conference. The record was last set by Jasmine Chu in 2014.

“To make states is every athlete’s dream,” said Coach Rafferty. “To make it as a 7th grader is truly incredible. Mary had to drop almost 10 seconds to make it. She willed herself to make this time. In the final four laps of a 20-lap race she negative split her times. That was astounding.”

Two- year senior captain, Grace Tague was a county finalist in the 50 freestyle. In addition, she earned All Conference Recognition in the 100 and 50 freestyle.

Wantagh also earned All Division Recognition in the 200 Free Relay with swimmers Grace Tague, Grace Massari, Grace McKenna and Mary McKenna. “When the team works together, hard work pays off,” Mary McKenna said.

Sophomore Grace Conway made All Division in diving and was a county qualifier.

Captains of the team were Grace Tague, Elizabeth Farragher, Hannah Dimarinis, Samantha Hooker, Grace McKenna, and Lauren Darling.

“The Wantagh Varsity Swim Team had a successful post-season breaking records and earning a variety of honors,” Coach Rafferty said.