Phillip Sadchikov never questions the amount of yards that he’s instructed to swim in practice.
Sadchikov has embraced the grind in his senior season. So much that Sadchikov has trained as much as three times a day, starting with a 7 a.m. morning swim at Marlboro High before class, a team practice and then a club workout.
The end game, he hopes, is a few shining moments in a return to the state swimming championships starting Friday at Nassau County Aquatic Center in East Meadow.
Sadchikov knows his times will improve in the 200-yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke from the Section 9 championships, his last meet.
“I’ve put a lot of hours in the water, a lot of exercise out of the water,” said Sadchikov, who placed 38th in the breaststroke last season. “I’m going way faster at states.”
Sadchikov achieved his one of his season goals two weeks ago, standing atop the podium for the first time at the section meet, winning the 200 I.M. and 100 breaststoke in his fifth try. The senior’s determination has impressed coach Amanda Griffin throughout the season.
“Phil is probably the hardest-working athletes I’ve coached,” Griffin said. “Anything you tell him to do, he’s going to do, whether it be 7,000 yards or 3,000 yards. He’s going to do whatever we advise on what’s best for him as coaches. He’s very coachable and takes in our feedback.”
Griffin hopes Sadchikov’s success sparks more interest in Marlboro’s boys program. Sadchikov is one of three Marlboro swimmers. For the first time in high school, Sadchikov didn’t swim relays this season.
The absence allowed Sadchikov to focus on his individual events. Sadchikov found camaraderie in sharing pool time with Newburgh Free Academy, whose facility wasn’t open, at Marlboro. Marlboro “shadows” Newburgh for meets.
“I wish I was part of Newburgh so I could have led them to the state in the 200 medley relay,” Sadchikov said. “But, it didn’t work out, unfortunately.”
Sadchikov’s times have attracted interest with “a lot of Division I offers,” he said. Sadchikov is seeded 13th in the I.M. and 19th in the breaststroke this weekend. His state performance could clear up his future.
“After states when I hit my peak, that’s when I start going after those offers,” Sadchikov said.
Griffin is confident that Sadchikov can improve on his seeding and perhaps make another push toward the podium (top eight).
“He will rise to the occasion no matter what (the situation) is,” Griffin said.
Section 9 state swimming and division championship qualifiers
200-yard medley relay: 23. Monroe-Woodbury 1:38.60; 26. Minisink Valley 1:39.06; 40. Washingtonville
1:40.04; 46. Cornwall 1:40.25; 48. Roosevelt 1:40.35
200 freestyle: 15. Andrew Smolar (Washingtonville, Sr.) 1:43.62; 25. Bryan Chorzempa (Rondout Valley,
Sr.) 1:44.74; 42. Luka Samsonov (Newburgh Free Academy, Soph.) 1:46.14; 50. Cameron Fairley
(Kingston, Sr.) 1:46.64; 61. Robert Reining (Roosevelt, Sr.) 1:47.31
200 individual medley: 13. Phillip Sadchikov (Marlboro, Sr.) 1:56.04; 37. Anthony Bruno (Monroe-
Woodbury, Sr.) 1:58.97; 41. Finn Quested (Rhinebeck, Fr.) 1:59.34; 46. Daniel Jackson (Warwick, Jr.)
50 freestyle: 17. James Henriques (Minisink Valley, Sr.) 21.65; 38. Liam Allen (Monroe-Woodbury, Sr.)
Diving: 17. Jackson Vinarub (Washingtonville, Soph.) 524.55; 26. Caleb Kimbrell (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr.)
497.95; 29. Jordan Vazquez (Pine Bush, Jr.) 484.10; 34. Dan Harrington (Valley Central, Sr.) 472.45; 40.
Marquee Quinones (Middletown, Sr.) 459.95; 44. Sean Kirk (Monroe-Woodbury, Jr.) 456.10
100 butterfly: 15. Evan Morales (Cornwall, Jr.) 51.70; 18. Bruno (Monroe-Woodbury) 51.98
100 freestyle: 15. Reining (FDR) 47.43; 19. Henriques (Minisink Valley) 47.72; 41. Shane Douthit
500 freestyle: 11. Sean Zupko (Valley Central, Jr.) 4:40.55; 19. Smolar (Washingtonville) 4:43.98; 56.
Fairley (Kingston) 4:52.32
200 freestyle relay: 21. Washingtonville 1:29.37; 30. Minisink Valley 1:29.71; 38. New Paltz 1:30.08
100 backstroke: 1. Chorzempa (Rondout Valley) 50.65; 2. Allen (Monroe-Woodbury) 50.81; 21. Morales
(Cornwall) 53.26; 22. Quested (Rhinebeck) 53.38; 42. Kush Patel (FDR) 54.15; 49. Zupko (Valley Central)
100 breaststroke: 19. Sadchikov (Marlboro) 59.08; 39. Kyle Harrison (Minisink Valley, Jr.) 1:00.45; 40.
Jackson (Warwick) 1:00.48; 41. Blake Albanese (Goshen, Sr.) 1:01.04