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Getting Ready

The JCC swim team flew from Buffalo to Florida early Monday morning and immediately took to the pools for a practice swim before the NJCAA title meets start on Wednesday. Submitted photo

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — Jamestown Community College’s swimming and diving teams hit the waters of Indian River State College for national championship practice on Monday.

The team flew from Buffalo to the Sunshine State early Monday morning The team flew from Buffalo to the Sunshine State early Monday morning and immediately took to the pools for a practice swim before the national title meets start on Wednesday. and immediately took to the pools for a practice swim before the national title meets start on Wednesday. “We’re all seeded pretty well. I am seeded top eight for all my events, so hopefully, as a team, we will get a lot of All-American spots and hopefully win a national championship,” said sophomore Lindsey Spitz who cut her teeth in the pool at Jamestown High School.

The top eight finishers in each event earn the coveted All-American status, something all the Jayhawks have their sights set on. The JCC women have captured two of the last three non-scholarship division national championships. Making it three of four is the top priority for the this group.

“Definitely to come out as national champions. Do our best. Place on the podium here and do our best” added Falconer product Madison Kramer.

The Chautauqua County natives make up two of the nine on the women’s team who come into this event as one of the favorites to capture the crown.

The Jamestown CC swimmers will be back in the practice pool today. The championships begin Wednesday. Submitted photo

Head coach Todd Conklin guided the Jayhawks to those two titles and sees the same championship grit and abilities in this squad.

“I think we are going to come out of this place with a really good opportunity for all the girls. I think we will have a lot of All-Americans. I think the guys, last year at the national meet really stepped up, and I expect that again. We are winding down and looking forward to Wednesday,” Conklin said.

The men, who captured a second-place finish last year, brought four swimmers to nationals in hopes of making the podium and adding to JCC swimming’s already robust list of accolades.

“Swim fast, break records, and get our personal best,” mentioned Southwestern alum Brady Lindstrom.

The leader of that group is sophomore South African Maxim Johnson, who said: “A lot of excitement. We are all ready for a very big week ahead of us. Hopefully, we can bring home some hardware for Jamestown and make everyone back at home proud. It will be a good one. We will take it step-by-step and do well.”

Jamestown will be back in the practice waters early this morning, with the national champion swims starting on Wednesday.

WRESTLING

KEEFE MAKES IT TO ROUND OF 16

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Jamestown Community College’s Kyle Keefe made it to the national round of 16 before his season came to a close.

Keefe earned his way through the round of 32 with an 11-5 win in his opening match before dropping the round of 16 bout 6-1. His next match was in the consolation bracket, where he fell 9-3 to end his tournament.

The sophomore reached the national championship bracket by winning the 174-pound division at districts last month. His stellar season included winning the NCCC Thunderwolves Open and finishing on the podium in several other events.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

JAYHAWKS FALL IN TITLE GAME

SANBORN — The Jamestown Community College women’s basketball team advanced to the Region 3 Divison 2 championship game with a 57-41 win over Monroe Community College on Saturday.

The game was played at No. 1 Niagara County CC.

JCC was led by freshman Courtney Martin, who notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Deziree Mount added 12, while Hayley Dawsonreached double-figures with ten.

On Sunday, the Jayhawks season concluded in the Region 3 Divison 2 championship, 102-65, to Niagara County CC.

JCC was led by Keturah Stewart, who scored 20 points and added five rebounds and four steals.

Fellow freshman Myla Truitt had 20 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Chyann Kelly dropped 16.

The loss ends the Jayhawks season with an even 13-13 record.

The squad has some big holes to fill heading into 2024-25, with Grace Lundmark, Hayley Dawson, and Angelique Palacio joining Kelly as sophomores.

They return Stewart and Truitt, who were first and fourth on the team in scoring respectively.

The ladies are expected to return five freshmen, who each averaged over ten minutes per game.

MEN

JCC FALLS IN SEMIFINALS

ROCHESTER– The Jamestown Community College men’s basketball season came to a close Saturday afternoon in the Region 3 Division 2 semifinals, 84-64, against Monroe CC.

Jamestown was led by freshman Jhamien Smith and sophomore Samad Bailey, who scored 18 apiece in the loss.

Rochester native Jalyn Moorehead also reached double-digits, scoring 10 points in his hometown.

The Jayhawks finished the season with a 9-18 record, but they had pulled off back-to-back upsets before the postseason started.

JCC finished the season with eight freshman on the roster, including Smith, who earned All-Region First Team honors, so the future should be bright for the Jayhawks.

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