It's a legacy they eagerly buy into when they jump into the Ward Melville High School pool.
The girls' swim team captured its 21st straight county championship on Saturday, with seven swimmers headed to the state tournament this coming weekend.
"It’s really their hard work and dedication that is the success behind the program. ... They come to the team and they really want to be part of it," said coach Chris Gordon, who is in his 19th year coaching the team.
With a score of 361, the Patriots finished more than 100 points above second-place Harborfields (249.5) and third-place Half Hollow Hills (247). The team finished first in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.
Top finishers included Sarah Schoenfeld and Brittany Coughlin, who came in third and fourth, respectively, in the 100 yard breaststroke; Rachael Bertini, who finished fifth in the 50 yard freestyle; Kristen Pozmanter, who finished fifth in the 200 yard freestyle and second in the 500 yard freestyle; Cassandra Willie and Bertini finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 yard butterfly; and Coleen Lampe and Casey Gavigan, who finished second and fourth, respectively, in the 100 yard backstroke. For complete results, click here.
Bertini, Lampe, Sara Buckley, Pozmanter, Willie, Schoenfeld, and Gavigan will swim in the state meet this coming weekend.