The AOK Boys CYO Swim team has won their 3rd consecutive Brooklyn Queens Diocesan CYO Boys Swim Championships. AOK is sponsored by St. Anastasia Parish, supported by the zone parishes of Our Lady of Blessed Sacrament and St. Kevin’s, as well as many others in north-east Queens. The team of 85 boys and their families were led through the challenging fall and winter 2021-2022 season, by Head Coach Henik Calderon, Coach Melissa Diamond, and a dedicated group of assistant coaches/parent volunteers. 60 of those boys climbed the blocks out at Nassau County Aquatics Center on January 8th, going toe to toe against ten other teams from across the Brooklyn Queens Diocese. Each competing team had wins in the four age divisions of novice, bantam, juniors and seniors. Our boys all had a lot of fun in individual events and relays, and the families were excited to finally be able to see their children compete live from the stands. Super Seniors who missed out on the last season of their CYO careers due to Covid-19 in the 2020-2021 season, were also invited to compete and join the Senior Walk of Honor. In the end, AOK was victorious, winning by almost 100 points over the 2nd place team of OLAN (#1 team in Brooklyn), and 150 points over the 3rd place team, our main rival in Queens, St. Sebastian’s of Woodside. A beautiful ending to the 2021-2022 season that saw AOK bring home a slew of Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals at CYO Swim Olympics in December, with two CYO Olympic swimming records smashed (one held since 1987) and a third missed by just 1/1000 of a second, win both of their dual meets, and now the 2021-2022 Diocesan Championships. The team gratefully thanks the families and Parish of St. Anastasia for its support, the Parish Athletic Representative Linda Doyle for all of her hard work this year in helping the season become a reality, CYO Swim Coordinator Kathy Kirker, and Keith Goldberg, Executive Director, Catholic Youth Organization for the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, for fighting so hard to ensure our boys would have their season. And what a season it was!

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