Champions Again

The Lansing High School girls swimming and diving team repeated as IAC champions last week. 

The Lansing girls swimming and diving team’s four-year reign on the Section IV Class C title was broken last week as Watkins Glen took the championship with 473 points. Lansing earned 382 for second place after edging Watkins by 32 points last season. (The Bobcats had 398 last to win last year.)

Oneonta placed third with 304.5 points, Southern Cayuga fourth with 227 and Dryden fifth with 204.5.

Lansing received 40 points toward its team total with a first-place finish by the 200-yard medley relay team of senior Marin Allen, freshman Mackenzie Stark, freshman Grace Kadlecik and senior Meghan Matheny. The four finished in a time of 1:58.96, beating Watkins Glen’s team by 1.18 seconds.

Dryden’s team of senior Marita Miller, senior Allison Morrow, sophomore Caroline Tenkate and junior Maddee Alexander finished third at a time of 2:05.81.

The relay team of senior Caroline Dennis, Allen, freshman Valencia Gell and Matheny finished second in the 200-yard freestyle, earning 34 points with a time of 1:45.94 and pushing Watkins Glen to third. Southern Cayuga finished in first at 1:42.45.

And the team of sophomore Katie Barr, Dennis, Stark and Kadlecik placed second in the 400-yard freestyle, earning another 34 points with at ime of 3:53.11. Southern Cayuga’s team placed first at 3:48.68 and Oneonta third at 3:55.62.

Dennis finished second in the 100-yard freestyle (55.48) by shaving more than one second off of her primarily time. She placed third in the 200-yard freestyle with a finals time of 2:03.62.

Kadlecik placed first in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.73, beating the state cut time by .09 seconds. Southern Cayuga senior Claire Rejman finished second at 25.07. Lansing also got points from sixth-place Allen and eighth-place Matheny. Kadlecik placed second in the 100-yard butterfly (1:00.36) and Dryden’s Miller finished third (1:02.75).

Watkins Glen took points from the fifth through seventh spots.

Stark earned more first-place points for Lansing in the 500-yard freestyle, which the freshman finished in a time of 5:43.98. It was nearly two seconds faster than second-place Brooke Green of Southern Cayuga. Watkins Glen again had three points-earners at third, fourth and seventh.

In the 100-yard backstroke, Lansing’s Allen earned second (1:04.05) behind Southern Cayuga’s Margaret Angotti (1:03.75). Dryden’s Miller placed third (1:05.45).

Matheny finished second in the 1-meter dive with a score of 403.45, more than 80 points behind first-place finisher senior Alex Castellaneta of Watkins Glen who received a 488.25. The Senecas took a combined 62 points in the event out of a total 95 with finishers at fourth, fifth and sixth. Oneonta sophomore Kylie McKee finished third.

For Dryden, Morrow finished first in the 100-yard breaststroke, earning sectional champion status with a time of 1:12.77. Odessa-Montour’s Tori Reese placed second (1:14.13), Watkins Glen’s Sarah Swinnerton placed third (1:15.70) and Lansing’s Stark placed fourth (1:19.84). Dryden sophomore Laura Krebs (sixth, 1:20.70) and Lansing’s Gell (seventh, 1:22.17) also earned points.

The 2017 NYSPHSAA girls swimming and diving championships for those meeting state marks throughout the season will be held Friday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at Ithaca College. Swimming preliminaries begin at 10:30 a.m. Friday following the 10:05 a.m. Parade of Seniors. The diving preliminaries and finals will take place Friday at 2 p.m.

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