Katie Smith Among Winners at 2015 New York Girls High School State Championships

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The two-day 2015 New York Girls High School State Championships concluded today with fast swims at Ithaca. The women of 5-Pittsford collected an astonishing 323.5 points to win the meet. It was a battle for second place with the ladies of 1-Pelham grabbing the second-place title with 195 points. 8-Long Beach were a close third with 193.

The 8-Long Beach 200 medley relay got the meet off to a quick start by downing the existing record of 1:46.14 set by Ithaca in 2006. The relay team of Kristen Romano (25.97), Margaret Aroesty (27.86), Morgan Harrington (26.29) and Joan Cash (24.51) posted a combined 1:44.63 for the new record.

Cara Treble of 8-Massapequa continued the record-breaking streak in the 200 free, turning in a final time of 1:48.01 to lower the NYSPHSAA record of 1:48.30 set by Kina Zhou in 2012. Lindsay Stone of 5-Pittsford also finished under the former record, stopping the clock at 1:48.29 to earn second.

Aroesty challenged the existing NYSPHSAA and NYS Fed. records of 1:58.29 in the 200 IM. The junior shaved nearly six seconds off her prelims time of 2:04.13 to end the race with a 1:58.45.

Katie Smith of 5-Pittsford narrowly missed re-setting her own record during finals of the 50 free. Smith turned in a time of 22.72 during prelims for a new NYSPHSAA and NYS Fed. record. The senior concluded finals with a time of 22.77.

Romano dashed to a quick finish in the 100 fly, stopping the clock at 54.76. The junior’s final time was only .41 seconds off the current record of 54.35 set in 1990 by Richelle Depold. 

Freshman Katherine Douglass of 1-Pelham lit up the pool in the 100 free, turning in a time of 50.32 to challenge the existing record of 50.14. Andrea Ernst of 6-Orchard Park claimed second in the event with a time of 50.52, while Treble took third with a 50.70.

Stone pulled away from the pack early on in the 500 free and never looked back. The junior held 29’s throughout the majority of the race, posting a final time of 4:48.08. She finished a slim 1.11 seconds off the existing NYSPHSAA and NYS Fed. records of 4:46.97 set in 1995 by Jessica Foschi.

Shortly after her first place finish, Stone (23.71, 3rd) joined up with Becca Evans (23.74), Emma Corby (23.88), and Smith (22.44) for a new record in the 200 free relay. The foursome posted a final time of 1:33.77 to better their own record of 1:34.22, set earlier in 2015.

Romano took gold in the 100 back with a time of 54.28. Emma Hadley of 1-Horace Greeley finished second overall with a time of 55.14, while third went to 11-Ward Melville’s Casey Gavigan and her time of 55.73.

Olivia Jack of 2-Burnthill-Scotia Glenville was successful in setting a new meet record in the 100 breast during prelims of the event with a time of 1:01.65, but it was to be short-lived. The next day in finals Aroesty shaved a startling 3.87 seconds off her prelims time of 1:03.87 to set a new record of 1:00.00. Jack finished under her former record with a 1:01.48 for second.

The ladies of 5-Pittsford joined together to end the race with one final record in the 400 free relay. Stone (51.49), Corby (51.58), Evans (51.94) and Smith (50.23) turned in a combined time of 3:25.24 to better the existing record of 3:26.98.