BUFFALO, New York, March 7. SWIMMERS from the state's public schools, Catholic schools and New York City elite public schools met in Buffalo March 2-3 to compete in the New York State Federation Boys Championships. It was held in conjunction with the New York State Championships which was reported on earlier, which focuses on public school swimmers.
The most exciting race of the federation portion of the meet was the last one–the 400 yard free relay. Fordhan Prep's squad of sophomore Patrick Conaton, senior Brian Hogan, sophomore Declan Kennon and junior Joseph Eiden tied with Tappan Zee's quartet of senior Yonghoon Jun, junior Kevin Schaub, senior Lance Neuendorf and junior Jack Carey in 3:06.99. That lowered both the public and federation standards of 3:07.85 which was set by New Hartford in 1993.
Fordham Prep senior Dale Wallace replaced Hogan on the victorious 200 free relay (1:25.77). The two wins, coupled with individual depth, enabled Fordham Prep to take home the team trophy for the second straight year with 199 points. Tappan Zee earned second with 124 points, followed by Canisius (115), Faiport (107) and New Paltz (104).
Oswego senior Drake Becksted claimed both sprint free events, posting times of 20.52 in the 50 free and 44.96 in the 100 free. Both of the distance event titles went to Canisius sophomore Jack Boyd with his 1:38.27 in the 200 free and 4:30.31 in the 500 free.
Three seniors earned an event win each: Stuyvesant's En-Wei Hu-Van Wright (100 back, 49.55), Jamestown's Andrew Marsh (100 fly, 49.75) and St. Anthony's Christian Yeager (200 IM, 1:49.06). Also coming in first place were Gunther Cassell, a freshman at Huntington (100 breast, 57.20) and Manny Pollard, an Albany Academy junior (diving, 503.10 points).
New Paltz's 200 medley relay finished in first with the team of sophomores Hudson Carroll and Aodhan Fogarty plus seniors Matthew Hasbrouck and Ben Nadareski (1:35.25).