Story and Photo by Rosemary Leonetti.
LBHS Swimmer Breaks School Record Competing at the division meet at Great Neck South High School on Feb. 2, Long Beach High School sophomore Max Willard broke the school record in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:44.14, finishing second in the race. The old record of 4:46.18 was set in 1986 by John Farrell.
Max’s time was good enough to qualify him for the state competition in Rochester on March 1-2. He also qualified for states in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.17.
A week later, at the county championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Feb. 11, Max broke his own record in the 500, with a time of 4:43.46. He also lowered his state qualifying time in the 200, with a time of 1:45.83.
“He had two great swims, but the best is yet to come,” said swimming coach John Skudin.
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