John Jay Cross River Rises Above Competition, Snags New York State Men’s Title

BUFFALO, New York, April 5. JOHN Jay Cross River took the team title in the men's New York State Championship with 156 points. Shenendehowa locked up the second spot with 143 points while Pittsford placed third, scoring 116 points.

John Jay Cross River's two winning relays highlighted the men's side of the New York State Championship meet. Guided by a 22.48 50 butterfly split from Anthony Simco, John Jay Cross River's quartet of Adam Powell, Daniel Simco, Anthony Simco and James Karle cruised to a win in the 200 medley relay (1:35.81). Anthony Simco, Karle, Daniel Simco and Powell uncorked a 3:10.54 time in the 400 freestyle relay, earning a second relay gold for the Indians.

Though no one swimmer dominated the meet, two record-setting swims stood out. Powell easily captured the 50 freestyle in a record time of 20.58. Mike Derocco of Niskayuna held the former standard of 20.65, which he set in last year's state meet.

West Irondequoit junior Ricky Henahan lowered the 100 backstroke standard with a 49.65 swim in finals. Henahan's time eclipsed former Suffern standout Tate Blahnik's 1995 record of 50.12. Blahnik, a former Stanford Cardinal standout, ranked 5th in school history in the 200 backstroke, according to the 2005-2006 Stanford media guide.

Nathan Geary of Lancaster posted the top score in the diving competition (522.70). Ian O'Rourke of Grand Island placed second (490.05) while Mike Sheppard of Maine-Endwell rounded out the top three with a 453.25 score.

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