Girls’ Swimming


Program Overview

In 1977, the Poly Prep Girls’ Swim team began competing for the first time. From the home base of their historic pool, the Poly girls have had an impact in the Ivy Prep League, Easterns Championships, and NYSAIS competitions over the years. Fiona Greig ’97 established records that stood for years before heading off to Stanford, while Courtney Nolan ’08 pushed the team to an Ivy Prep League title with a thrilling last-second victory as a senior. In recent years, the program has been led by former international medalists such as Nikolay Shevchenko (Russia). Coming off the girls’ second-place showing in the Ivy Prep League in 2020, the coaches will continue to implement rigorous and progressive training protocols. 

Girl swimmer in the pool
Girl swimmer in the pool
Girl swimmers by the pool
Girls’ Swimming Highlights

2020 Ivy Championship 2nd place finish in the overall team rankings
  • Mary Quin Roller ‘22 – Double Champion in the 50 and 100 Freestyle. Mary Quin set up a new Poly Prep record on 100 Freestyle as well
  • Samantha Chan ‘21, Malia Freedhand ‘20, Olivia Harrison ‘21, and Mary Quin Roller ‘22 – 3rd place in the 200 Medley Relay
  • Elektra Urbatsch ‘23 – Finalist in the 100 Free in the final and finals in 50 Free
  • Maia Steiner ‘24 – Finalist in the 50 Free and the 100 Fly Final
  • Naomi Levey ‘20 -3rd Place in the 500 Free
  • Max Coplin ‘20 – Finalists in the 500 Free
  • Bess Hort ‘23 – Finalists in the 500 Free
  • Emily Fountaine ‘20 and Darby Steininger ‘21 – Finalist in the 100 Back Final
  • Malia Freedhand ’20 – Finalist on 200 IM and 100 Breaststroke
  • Eliza Manny ’23 – Finalist in the 200 Free
Girls’ Swimming Coaches
Swim Coach Nikolay Shevchenko

Nikolay Shevchenko
Co-Head Coach

Business Phone: (347) 927-7722
Education: The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, BS; Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University “V. P. Astafyev”

Nikolay Shevchenko found his athletic calling upon being introduced to swimming before he could walk. He 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 USA swimming competitive club team and multiple facilities in the NY-NJ area, while bringing fellow swim coach Alexander Protsenko into his life. The duo arrived at Poly together in 2018, and have since set about imparting their methodology on the student-athletes that Shevchenko describes as “getting better and better every year.” 

Coaching Career Highlights:

  • Selected Coach for 2019 USA Swimming Leadership Summit at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO
  • Metropolitan Swimming’s Must Watch Age Group Coach of the Year (2016 – 2017 Season)
  • Active Member of Metropolitan Swimming Strategic Planning Committee
  • Riverbank Redtails International Invitational Coach Award 2014
  • Honorable Mention Leadership Award 2015
  • Trained and prepared numerous athletes who qualified for Division I, II  and III Colleges NCAA championships. Junior and Senior National Championships

Coaching Experience:

  • USA Swimming Certified Coach Since 2012
  • Member of American Swimming Coaches Association
  • Selected Metro Zone Team Coach of 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Selected Coach for Metro All Stars Training Camp 2014 under the guidance of Olympic Coach Sergio Lopez Miro and Olympic Swimmer Peter VanderKaay
  • Selected Coach for Metro Annual Outreach Swimming Clinic 2014 with Olympic Swimmers Doug Lennox and Brett Fraiser
  • Selected Coach for Brackin Elite Training Best Swim Camp 2015 under the guidance of Olympic Coaches Dave Durden and Kim Brackin
  • Selected Coach for 4UElite Swimming Clinic with Megan Romano 2018

Swimming Achievements as an athlete:

  • NCAA All – American (2007 – 2011),
  • ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference): Champion and Records Holder (2008 – 2009)
  • CUNY (City University of New York): Nominated CUNY Scholar-Athlete of the year (2011), Athlete of the Year in the sport of Men’s Swimming (2009 – 2011)
  • Russian Junior Nationals Finalist
  • US and Russian Nationals Qualifier
Swim Coach Merouane Ould Abbou

Merouane Ould Abbou
Co-Head Coach

Education: Barca University, NTI New Computer Technologies Institute; Computer College – Dubai UAE

Coach Merouane brings tremendous knowledge and international coaching experience in the sport of swimming to Poly Prep. He earned a degree in sport nutrition and in psychology for high performance sport. He continues studying and growing as a professional and within the last several years has completed many educational programs including Associate of Applied Science: Computer and Information Sciences. In addition, Coach Merouane has worked with many international high level swim teams.

Career Highlights:

  • Top 1 US ranking 50 FL SCM 10 & Under
  • 3 Golden, 4 Silver, 24 Bronze, 2021 ISCA Summer Elite Showcase
  • More than 30 swimmers qualified to MR LCM Junior Olympic Championship
  • One swimmer selected to represent MR in the 2021 Eastern Zone LCM Age Group Championship
  • Three swimmers qualified to 2021 TYR Metro Senior Mets Championship
  • Virtual Assistant to the Olympic de Paris de natation to enhance the performance. 12 swimmers aged 14-15 (Paris 2024)
  • Worked closely with the Moroccan Youth and Sport Ministry to develop the sport in the country


  • American Swimming Coaches Association (ASCA) Level 5
  • National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Certified Coach level 2 International Swimming Coaches Association (ISCA)

Coaching Experience:

  • 09/2018 – Current Freedom Aquatics Head Location Coach 
  • 08/2017-08/2018 – NCAC Flushing Meadows Corona Park Queens, NY USA Club 
  • 01/2010-01/2017 – Al Wasl Club (Swimming) Dubai, UAE
  • 08/2007-12/2009 – Cercle Des Nageurs De Marseille, France
  • 02/2005-03/2007 – Cercle Des Nageurs De Bruxelles, Belgium
  • 01/2002-12/2004 – Swim Team of Association Sportive De Sale, Morocco

Swimming Facilities

The Poly Prep Boys’ and Girls’ Swim teams train in our on-campus pool.

Boy swimmer racing
Featured Athletes

Mary Quin Roller ’22

Mary won the 50 and 100 Free at the 2020 Ivy Prep League Championships and was a finalist in both events at the NYSAIS Championships. She is the current school record holder for the 100-yard freestyle. The record was previously held by dual-sport record holder Fiona Greig ‘97, a Stanford alumnae.

Selah Ilunga-Reed ’23

"Chlorine is my perfume. I shaved eight seconds off my backstroke in competition and saw the effects of consistent practice clearly. This year on the swim team has been one of huge growth for me as a person and as a swimmer."