By Scott Kindberg
ITHACA - The Southern Tier contingent of the Section 6 swimming and diving team represented themselves well during the preliminaries of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Friday at Ithaca College.
Jamestown’s Megan Marsh and Southwestern’s Sydney Thomas had personal bests in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke respectively in the preliminaries of the state swim championships on Friday.
But nobody was better than Makayla Sargent.
The sophomore, who attends Portville, but swims for Olean because the former doesn't have a team, had her ''A'' game when the lights shined the brightest, placing first in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.34) and the 100 butterfly (56.43) in the prelims. Her time in the individual medley earned her All-American consideration, while her time in the fly, a personal best, was just shy of the AAC standard of 56.30.
Joining Sargent among the local qualifiers for today's finals are Jamestown sophomore Megan Marsh in the 200 IM and the 100 breastroke; Southwestern sophomore Sydney Thomas in the 100 backstroke; both the Lady Trojans' 200 and 400 freestyle relays; and freshman Deidra Osula of Dunkirk/Fredonia/Silver Creek in the 50 freestyle.
Marsh was 11th in the breastroke (1:06.77) and 14th in the 200 individual medley (2:09.46, a personal best); Thomas was 12th in the 100 backstroke (58.94, a personal best) after improving her seed time (59.87) by almost a second; the 400 free relay of sophomore Xiane Smith, Thomas, freshman Sydney Burk and sophomore Katie Lawton was 14th (3:40.39); the 200 free relay of Smith, sophomore Kelsey Powers, Burk and Lawton was 16th (1:40.83); and Osula was 15th in the 50 free (24.57).
Osula also competed in the 100 butterfly, but didn't qualify for the finals after placing 53rd (1:02.09).
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The competition in all events was, of course, quite fierce.
Julia Samson, a sophomore from Shenendehowa of Section 2, joined Sargent with AAC in the 200 IM, but Sargent's time was more than a second and a half faster (2:03.34 compared to 2:04.99 for Samson).
Pittsford, a school in the Rochester suburbs, had a 200 free relay team of senior Stephanie Andrews, freshman Emma Corby, freshman Lindsay Stone and sophomore Katie Smith which turned in a time of 1:36.47, which earned it automatic All-American status. The second-place team from Ithaca - junior Cecile Browning, freshman Annika Browning, eighth-grader Indie Stratton and junior Hannah Bollinger - posted a 1:37.65, which was an AAC clocking.
Three swimmers in the 100 breastroke - freshman Margaret Aroesty of Section 8 Long Beach, Nicole Petta of Section 4 Union Endicott and Nicole Papsco of Section 11 Northport - achieved AAC times. Aroesty was at 1:04.33, Petta 1:04.61 and Papsco 1:04.77.
The Clarence 400 free relay team of seniors Dina Rommel, Rebecca Anthone, Victoria Butler and Sydney Modeas turned in an AAC time of 3:31.07, while the second-place Pittsford team of freshman Lindsay Stone, senior Stephanie Andrews, eighth-grader Becca Evans and sophomore Katie Smith posted a 3:32.84, which was also an AAC time.
Sophomore Katie Smith of Pittsford earned automatic All-American with a 23.05 in the 50 free, while senior Dina Rommel of Clarence (23.48) and junior Madeline Murphy of Section 3 Liverpool (23.75) earned AAC and finished second and third respectively.
The championships conclude today.