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Boys’ swimming at Poly Prep began making a mark on the New York City level in 1908. Since that time, Poly has had several City League and State Champions. Poly now competes in the Ivy Prep League, The NYSIS and Easterns Championships. In 2018 Nikolay Shevchenko and Oleksandr Protsenko were appointed as Co-Head Coaches of the Poly swim teams. Both coaches have a plethora of experience at the club, NCAA, and International level of this Olympic sport.
Poly Prep has an on-campus indoor pool where rigorous training sessions combined with a world-class strength and conditioning program are the standard for this Poly team.
Poly Prep boys finished the season with some very impressive swims throughout the season hitting their personal best times at almost every meet.
The season culminated with significant personal drops in times at the 2020 Ivy Championship:
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Education: The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, BS; Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University “V. P. Astafyev”, BS
Nikolay became a junior nationals finalist in Russia and, tempted by the idea of life in the United States, embarked on an All-American career at the CUNY College of Staten Island. Following through on another dream, Shevchenko, in 2009, founded Avantis Swimming Academy (later Freedom Aquatics), an instructional school that grew to include a competitive club team and multiple facilities in the NY-NJ area.
Coaching Career Highlights
Swimming Achievements as an athlete
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Education: Drury University, MS; University of Ukraine, MS
Picking up swimming at the relatively advanced age of seven, the Ukrainian-born Protsenko soon began lapping his competition in the pool. He became a three-time Ukranian national champion, earning a silver medal at the 2007 European championships, before carrying that excellence to a record-setting run at Drury University in Springfield, Missouri. From a volunteer position at his alma mater, Protsenko continued his coaching pursuits at the Boys’ Club of New York in Flushing, Queens, until joining Nikolay Shevchenko at Avantis Swimming Academy (now Freedom Aquatics) in 2011. The two formed a tight personal and professional relationship that led to the successful expansion of the academy, along with a joint desire to join the Poly faculty in 2018. Protsenko jokingly describes himself as the “bad cop” of their partnership, but maintains that “success comes through toughness and discipline.” Together, they’ve sought to reshape the school’s swim program with a focus on the techniques that propelled both to acclaim during their years of high-level meets.
The Poly Prep Boys’ and Girls’ Swim teams train in our on campus pool.