BY MARK LELINWALLA
DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER
Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 2:01 PM
Endless chants of ‘Bay-side, Bay-side’ rained down on the Commodores boys swimming team last Thursday evening.
But even those chants paled in comparison to the roar that erupted when longtime Bayside swimming coach Steven Warman took a plunge in the pool, setting off a huge splash and smiles all around.
The Commodores had good reason to rejoice. They had just locked up the Queens division and assured themselves a high seed in the PSAL playoffs with a decisive 65-29 win over rival Francis Lewis, in front of a packed home crowd.
“I’m going to remember this for the rest of my life,” Bayside senior co-captain Dennis Reshetnev said of the victory and raucous atmosphere. “I expected to beat them, but I didn’t expect to beat them by this much.”
From the opening gun, the Commodores (9-0) were bent on blowing the Patriots out the water; after the first four events, they entered the diving break with a 21-13 edge. (Bayside’s pool, at nine feet, doesn’t meet the PSAL’s 10-foot depth requirement for diving, so the event was skipped).
Bayside continued the domination over Lewis (6-1), nearly sweeping the seven remaining events.