Please join us in congratulating the North Shore graduating class of 2012!! This is the largest graduating class in recent memory, so their departure truly marks an end of an era at North Shore. Each of these swimmers has been a valuable member of the North Shore family, and they will be missed greatly. We wish you all tremendous success in the next chapter of your life, and we hope that you enjoyed your time at North Shore as much as we enjoyed having you as part of our team. Go North Shore!!
James started swimming at Saf-T-Swim at the age of 3. There, he found his passion for swimming and swam with their team, the Seals. At the start of 4th grade, he moved on to North Shore Swimming, working his way from Group 3 up to Group 6 (the Seniors group). He competed at Silver and Counties. He also swam independently all four years for Miller Place High School and swam the 500 freestyle at the State Qualifier meet his junior and senior years.
I am grateful to Coach Ely for his motivation, persistence and patience with me as I swam each practice at the end of the lane. I count myself lucky to have made so many close and lasting friendships. Thanks to my parents for going way over on lease mileage to get me to practice. I am planning on attending college in the fall and have not yet made a final decision as to where I’m going. I am also an undeclared major and am eager to explore the various options I have. I do know that wherever I am, swimming will still remain an important part of my life and I will continue competitive swimming with my college swim club.
Alex has been on North Shore longer than any coach on the team. She joined the club when she was in kindergarten, when North Shore was still attached to Team Suffolk in 1999. For 13 years, Alex has put uncountable hours into the sport. Over the years, she has swam in meets ranging from Silvers to Senior Mets, but has also volunteered with her team. Alex has cheered on everyone, whether it was their first race at a Sachem Invitational or a finals race at Counties. Alex was a part of the Ward Melville Girls Varsity Swimming and Diving team since the 8th grade. She qualified for Counties every year making All-League, All-County, and All-Long Island in freestyle events. Alex also went to States her junior and senior year. In her last year at Ward Melville, she was a captain of the team that won its 20th consecutive County Championship.
Alex graduates high school after taking 9 AP classes, participating in Student Government, Key Club, National Honors Society, was a class officer, and on the high honor roll. She will be attending Lehigh University in the fall.
There are so many people that Alex would like to thank. First, and most importantly, her parents have shown her never-ending support, as well as her brother and sister. Thank you to Mike Chang and Heather DiLorenzo for putting up with all her antics in 8 & Under, teaching her to swim. And to Mr. Scott, for pushing her to boundaries she never thought she could reach. To Coach Demarie, for helping her to mature as a swimmer and a person. Thank you to George, Malori, Chrissy, Roy, and Sean for putting up with her at meets and being there whenever she needed it. And last but not least to Ely. Alex cannot describe how much Ely has done for her over her high school career. Not only has he been there as a coach, but he has also been a mentor and a friend. She doesn’t know what she will do without him and North Shore once she reaches college. This team is something that she will always miss. It is hard for her to believe that she is the one graduating this year.
Jessica began her North Shore swimming career nearly ten years ago. She quickly fell in love with the sport, and her competitive nature drove her to achieve all of her goals. Jessica was a yearly qualifier for Silvers, Junior Olympics, Zone Quals, and Counties. Jessica represented Metropolitan Swimming at winter and summer Zones 5 times, finaling in multiple individual events and competing on several relay teams. Jessica competed at the Empire State Games twice, winning multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals. At the age of 12, Jessica qualified for Senior Mets in the 100 breast, and since then has competed annually, qualifying for finals every year. She also qualified for Sectionals at the age of 14, and has qualified for individual events at Sectionals every year since. Jessica holds a total of seven North Shore team records in the breaststroke and distance freestyle events.
In addition to her club career, Jessica has enjoyed competing on the Ward Melville girl's varsity swim team, and is proud to be a part of the team's unprecedented success. As a freshman, she was part of a record breaking medley relay, and qualified for the State Championship meet. From then on, Jessica went to States every year, competing on relays and finaling in individual events every year. In her senior year, Jessica was a captain on the team, and received the Coaches Award. She broke the team record in the 100 breaststroke, and was recognized at States as Ward Melville's only scholar-athlete. In addition to her swimming accomplishments, Jessica is also a member of the National Honor Society, as well as Chamber Orchestra.
Jessica is thankful to the sport of swimming, for the incredible friendships she has made, the experiences the sport has brought her, and the future opportunities swimming has provided her. She would like to thank all of the coaches throughout her career for helping her become the swimmer she is now. She would like to thank Coach Ely for putting up with her in her best and worst moments, and for always believing in her. She would like to thank Mr. Scott for seeing something special in her when no one else did, and for always making her feel special. She would like to thank Coach Roy, Coach Sean, and Coach DeMarie for pushing her past what she thought was possible. Looking back now, all of these coaches were so much more than just coaches. They were part-time "Dr. Phil's" and friends as well. Most importantly, Jessica would like to thank her family. They have supported her at every meet, every long car ride, and through all the stresses of championship meets. She would especially like to thank her mother, who has been there for her through all of the highs and lows, through her breakdowns as well as the joys of her success. Jessica would like to thank everyone at North Shore for being a part of her swimming career. It has been an incredible experience that she will never forget.
Jessica has been accepted to the United States Military Academy - West Point, and will continue her swimming career competing for the Black Knights.
Swimming at North Shore has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my life. Everything, Coach Ely, the other coaches, the swimmers, even (most of) the practices were great! I started swimming with North Shore in seventh grade and never looked back. My career as a swimmer spanned several championship meets, Counties and being named All-League in varsity my senior year. However, North Shore has been more than just a place to train and get faster, it’s the place where I found people to talk to and made some of the closest friends in my life. I will be attending Northwestern University to pursue a degree in Political Science, and may try out for the water polo team. I want to say a big thank you to the whole North Shore community for giving me a second family. I will always come back to visit!!
After swimming on the Ward Melville junior varsity team in 8th grade, Nick decided to join North Shore the following year. Since that time, Nick has been an active member of North Shore, as well as a four-year member of the Ward Melville boy’s varsity swimming and diving team. The highlight of Nick’s varsity career was being named a captain his senior year.
Nick has been accepted at Tampa University, where he plans to study Biology. He has also been wait listed at Marist College, so his final decision has not yet been made.
Nick would like to thank his family, his friends, and the coaching staff for supporting him throughout his swimming career.
Jimmy has been swimming competitively for eleven seasons. He spent most of his swimming career at Three Village Swim Club. He transferred to North Shore for his senior season. Over the course of his career, Jimmy has qualified for numerous championship meets. He has competed at Silvers, Junior Olympics, and Zone Quals, and most recently, competed at Sectionals as part of North Shore’s medley relays.
Jimmy is graduating from Longwood High School, and in the fall he will be attending Manhattan College, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and will be majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Jimmy will continue his swimming career at Manhattan, where he will be competing for the Jaspers.
Jimmy would like to thank all of his coaches throughout his swimming career, Barry Roffer, Paul Furbeck and Jeffrey Ely. As coaches, they were positive role models and pushed him in the sport to make him better every day.
Jimmy would like to thank his parents for shuttling him to and from practice for eleven years and for sitting at the pool, whether at meets or at practice and cheering him on and always telling him to remain positive.
David started swimming competitively when he was 11 years old. He started swimming for Three Village Swim Club, and switched to North Shore Swim Club when he was in tenth grade. Some highlights from David’s swimming career are: attending the Empire State games in 2010 and competing every year at Counties. David also qualified for Silvers, Junior Olympics, and Zone Quals several times in the backstroke and freestyle events. David has made many friends throughout his swimming career, and has many great memories. David would like to thank his family and all of his coaches throughout the years for supporting him and motivating him to be the best he can be. David will be attending Massachusetts Maritime Academy in the fall and will continue swimming on a club team.
Charles has been on North Shore for his entire swimming career. Charles is a North Shore team record holder in multiple events. He has competed at Silvers, Junior Olympics, Zone Quals, Zones, and Sectionals. As a high school varsity swimmer, Charles is a two time county champion in the 100 freestyle, and has represented Section XI at the State Championships the last two years, competing in the 200 IM, 100 free, and 50 free. Charles is also the Connetquot HS record holder in the 100 free.
Charles would like to thank his family for all of their love and support over the years, encouraging and cheering for him during countless hours at practice and meets. Charles would also like to thank all of his coaches throughout the years for pushing him to reach his potential as a swimmer and as a person. Charles will be attending Stony Brook University in the fall, where he will be studying Psychology. Charles will continue his swimming career as one of the top incoming freshman for the Seawolves.
Michael Newell has been swimming competitively for North Shore since he was 10 years old. During his time swimming on North Shore, he has qualified for Silvers, Junior Olympics, Zone Qualifiers, Senior Mets and most recently had the opportunity to swim in 2 relays at Sectionals in Buffalo. Michael has also competed for the last for years as a Varsity Independent Swimmer representing Comsewogue HS. During his varsity career, he qualified for the State Qualifier Meet in 10th, 11th and 12th grade. Michael also qualified for the Empire State Games in 2010. Michael is a member of the National Honor Society at Comsewogue High School and also has run on both the Cross Country and Track Teams since 9th grade. Michael began working as a Smith Point Ocean Guard in July 2011 and plans to return again this summer.
Michael would like to thank his parents for all their support in all that he does, but especially sitting for all those hours cheering him on in the stands. Michael would also like to thank Coach Ely and the coaching staff at North Shore for all the support and encouragement over the years.
Michael has not made a final decision where he will be attending college in the fall. He does plan to study computer science and be a member of the swim team wherever he may land.
Jaclyn has been competitively swimming for 13 years now. Throughout her swimming career she has qualified for championship meets such as silvers, JO’s, Zone Qualifiers, Zones, State Qualifiers, and the Empire State Games. She has competed in many different out-of-the-pool events such as the Fran Schnarr 5K Memorial Open Water Swim for several years along with numerous biathlons. Since the age of four, swimming has always been a main component of her daily routine and she has enjoyed almost every second of it.
I would like to thank many people who have helped me accomplish many goals of mine. The first would be my parents, grandparents, and my two sisters. You guys have always pushed me, motivated me, and have been there for every event of my life. I would also like to thank my coach, Jeffery Ely, and the numerous coaches I’ve had in my lifetime. Lastly, I would like to thank my team. You guys are amazing and there’s never a boring moment at practice no matter how boring the sets are and I know that we will always have each other’s backs!
Next year, I plan to major in Nursing at SUNY Brockport, along with swimming on their team for the last four years of my swimming career. After college, I hope to be a nurse in the Navy.
Luis is a long time member of the North Shore Swim Club. Throughout his career, he has had a tremendous amount of success. He has qualified for Silvers, Junior Olympics, and Zone Quals every year. Luis has represented Metro at Zones, and has competed at Sectionals the last two years in both individual and relay events. He is also the North Shore team record holder in the 13-14 200 breast (LCM).
In addition to his accomplishments at North Shore, Luis has enjoyed a successful varsity career as well, as a member of the Ward Melville boy's swimming and diving team. Luis qualified for the State Qualifying meet every year, and represented Section XI at the New York State Championship meet.
Luis would like to thank his teammates and his coaches for their friendship and support throughout the years. He has developed so many meaningful relationships over the years. Most importantly, Luis would like to thank his family for everything they have done for him, especially his mother and two sisters. Luis has not yet decided on which college he will attend, but he intends on continuing his swimming career wherever he goes.
Marissa had always loved swimming lessons when she was younger, so her mother had her join Three Village Swim Club when she was in first grade. The thought of competing and racing, and being in that moment when you were going to win was what motivated Marissa throughout her career. She always wanted to be the best she could be. Marissa switched to North Shore to complete her high school career.
Although her time on North Shore has been brief, she has had an amazing experience with the coaches and has made some very good friends. Marissa is undecided on where she will attend college, but plans to study medicine, and is looking forward to a career as a pediatrician.
My name is Marco White and I have been a member of North Shore Swim Club for 10 years. I originally joined solely for the purpose of learning how to swim but I later grew fond of the sport and continued to progress. My best event is the 100 Backstroke in which I have a best time of 1:02.52. I hope to continue swimming in college on a less competitive scale, such as a club team. I’m planning on majoring in electrical engineering and later obtaining a masters degree and pursue a career in computers. In addition to swimming, I also enjoy playing the clarinet. I perform in the Ward Melville Wind Ensemble and the Chamber Orchestra as well. This year I will join some classmates in a trip to Disney World over spring break to march in a parade and perform a concert.