ITHACA, New York, November 24. THE Clarence Red Dogs earned their first-ever New Your Girls Federation High School Swimming and Diving Championship award, scoring 240 points. The meet was held November 22-23 at Ithaca College.
The Pittsford Panthers finished in second with 232 points. In a close battle for third through fifth places, the Bellmore-Merrick Bulldogs came out on top (145), followed by the Canandiagua Braves (144) and the Orchard Park Quakers (132).
The public school championships, which were also held at this meet, were won by the same five teams; the individual and relay champions were the same as the federation winners.
Dina Rommel closed out her high school career at Clarence with a state record 23.13 in the 50 free. The Virginia Cavalier-bound swimmer erased the 23.25 set by Cari Stankaitis last year. Rommel also took the 100 fly in 55.77.
Rommel led off Clarence’s state record-setting 400 free relay of 3:26.98 with classmates Rebecca Anthone, Victoria Butler and Sydney Modeas. Three of them–Rommel, Anthone and Modeas–were involved in last year’s relay which set the prior state mark of 3:28.72.
Pittsford’s 200 free relay of senior Stephanie Andrews, freshmen Emma Corby and Lindsay Stone, and sophomore Katie Smith combined for a state record 1:35.34. Earlier in the season, at the Section 5 Championships, the quartet lowered the then-state record 1:35.75 set last year by Clarence with their 1:35.58.
Smith also went under the former 50 free state record with her second-place 23.24. Stone earned first in the 500 free (4:49.03), defeating the defending champion in the event, Massapequa senior Molly Treble (4:49.24). Treble, who will transfer to Notre Dame next fall, claimed first in the 200 free with her 1:49.98.
Another close contest in the 100 back was decided by one-tenth of a second, with Emma Hadley, a sophomore at Horace Greeley emerging ahead of Lancaster freshman Kristen Romano, 56.71 to 56.81.
Andrea Ernst, an Orchard Park sophomore, finished first in the 100 free (50.88). Margaret Aroesty, a freshman at Long Beach, stroked to a 1:05.10 first-place in the 100 breast. Olean sophomore Makayla Sargent took first in the 200 IM in 2:02.80.
The 200 medley relay victory went to the Ward-Melville quartet of sophomore Casey Gavigan, juniors Sarah Schoenfeld and Willie Cassandra, and senior Rachael Bertine with their 1:48.38.
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