Sports Briefs

BRIDGET WALTER COURTESY PHOTO | Bridget Harrison of the Southold Yacht Club approached the windward mark during last Thursday's regatta.

RUNNING: Norberg edges Petsky The finish of the third annual New Suffolk Waterfront 5K was a virtual dead heat on Saturday. Sean Norberg, 20, of Shoreham and last year’s winner, Nicholas Petsky, 19, of Manorville, both crossed the finish line in 16 minutes 57 seconds, but Norberg was declared the winner. Shawn Fitzgerald of Cutchogue was one second behind those two.

Robin Lynn, 18, of Glen Gardner, N.J., was the women’s winner in 20:00. The next female finisher, Molly Bennett of East Quogue, was 1:25 behind her.

Brian Schneider of Southampton was a distant fourth in the men’s race in 17:40. Following him were David Greenberg of New York City (18:03), Daniel Tapia of Center Moriches (18:26), Jeremy Warner of Riverhead (18:36), Corey Zlatniski of Mattituck (19:24), Andrew McAward of Garden City (20:03) and Ken Poliwoda of Southold (20:17).

Filling out the top 10 of the women’s race were Emily Malloy of New York City (21:33), Ryleigh Donegan of Center Moriches (22:00), Jillian Hancock of Aquebogue (22:56), Daphne Matalene of New York City (23:19), Carolyn Wilhelm of Glen Gardner, N.J. (23:28), Laura Scully of Needham, Mass. (23:30), Marisa Russell of Astoria (23:32) and Sharon Zuhoski of Middle Island (23:38).

SAILING: Southolders win Sunfish regatta Ken Preston of the host Southold Yacht Club was the junior (age 18 and under) winner and Casey McLeod, also from the Southold Yacht Club, was the midget (age 14 and under) champion with her crew, Adrienne Mandelbaum, in the 37th annual Peconic Gardiners Junior & Midget Sunfish Championships last Thursday.

The day’s other winners were Mike Preston of the Southold Yacht Club (Optimist white fleet), John Pannarella of the Shelter Island Yacht Club (Optimist blue fleet), Dan Sullivan of the Southold Yacht Club (Optimist red fleet), Malcolm Kreigel of the Shelter Island Yacht Club (Laser 4.7), Alex King of the Shelter Island Yacht Club (Laser Radial), Claudia Leonard of the Southold Yacht Club (Laser Standard) and Katie Sudol and Max Ryder of the Shelter Island Yacht Club (420).

In all, 196 sailors representing nine area yacht clubs participated in the regatta, which was established by the Southold Yacht Club in 1975 to provide challenging competition for junior sailors ages 8 to 18. It became an immediate success and attracted sailors from all over eastern Long Island.

A few years after the founding of the regatta, Carol Smith, an enthusiastic member of the Southold Yacht Club died at any early age. The club honored her dedication and passion for junior sailing by adding “a.k.a. The Carol Smith Regatta” to the title of its premiere junior event. Over time the Carol Smith Regatta expanded to include several other fleets: Optimists, Lasers and 420s.

WOMEN’S SOFTBALL: Aerial Fitness batters clean up Jackie Zilnicki and Cathy Daniels, who both went 5 for 5, drove in five and four runs, respectively, for Aerial Fitness in its 23-8 defeat of The Grange in a six-inning North Fork Women’s Softball League game last Wednesday night at the Polo Grounds in Greenport. Zilnicki also homered. Olga Turner also went 5 for 5, with three runs batted in, for Aerial Fitness. Two other Aerial Fitness batters, Jan van Thoorn and Laurie McBride, went 4 for 4.