Pittsford Girls Claim New York High School State Swimming and Diving Title

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ITHACA – Pittsford High School won five events and captured the New York high school state swimming and diving state championship title last weekend at Ithaca College, scoring 279 points to top runner-up Bellmore-Merrick (217 points) and Orchard Park (172 points) for the win.

Fairport got the meet off to an exciting start, as Grace Chen, Lauren Michelsen, Megan Palmer and Suhan Mestha nearly took down the state record in the 200 medley relay with a 1:46.32. They finished only .18 off Ithaca’s 2006 record of 1:46.14 in the event. Arlington’s Ina Elcott, Katelyn Walsh, Clara Baker and Kendra Graham trailed by only .04 at the final exchange but couldn’t hold on, taking second in 1:47.47. Maddy Jacumski, Dorotka Tou, Celia Kottakis and Anna Kottakis gave Clarence a third place finish with their 1:48.15.

Pittsford picked up its first win of the day in the 200 free, as sophomore Lindsay Stone rocketed to a 1:48.89, overtaking top qualifier Cara Treble of Massapequa, who touched second in 1:50.14. Bellmore-Merrick’s Kerry Giovanniello wrapped up third in 1:52.04.

In the 200 IM, Long Beach’s Margaret Aroesty gave Julia Smit’s 2005 state record a run with a winning time of 2:00.71, still a couple seconds shy of Smit’s 1:58.29. Aroesty’s 32.85 breaststroke split was nearly three seconds faster than anyone else in the entire field. Kristen Romano of Lancaster held onto her second place seed with a 2:04.96, just ahead of Shenendehowa’s Julia Samson (2:05.24).

Pittsford’s Katie Smith just missed her own 2013 state record of 23.05 in the 50 free, touching first in 23.08. She still had plenty of cushion over runner-up Andrea Ernst of Orchard Park, who hit the wall second in 23.41. Lockport’s Katie Pollock swam a 24.12 to finish third.

Ayla Bonniwell of Ithaca took home the 1-meter diving title by a slim 11 points, posting 529.45 points to top Newark’s Alexandra House (518.25) and Minisink Valley’s Emily Wilson (516.65) for the win.

After turning third at the 50, Bellmore-Merrick’s Paige Kaplan surged to victory in the 100 fly, posting the fastest second 50 of the final to win in 55.53. Chenango Forks’ Samantha Suer turned first at the halfway point in 25.76 but couldn’t quite hold on, touching second in 55.57. Ithaca’s Hannah Bollinger rounded out the top three in 56.00.

Orchard Park’s Andrea Ernst was the class of the field in the 100 free, clearing 51 to win the state title in 50.88. Pittsford’s Katie Smith, the 50 free state champ, took second in 51.08, followed by Massapequa’s Cara Treble in 51.22.

Lindsay Stone of Pittsford claimed her second individual state title of the day in the 500 free, stopping the clock at 4:48.86 for the win. Stone, a sophomore, is within definite striking distance of Jessica Foschi’s 1995 state record of 4:46.97 in the event. Bellmore-Merrick’s Kerry Giovanniello also cracked 5:00, touching second in 4:58.26. Horace Greeley’s Kasia Malendowicz placed third in 5:01.19.

Pittsford kept the ball rolling in the 200 free relay, as the foursome of Becca Evans, Emma Corby, Lindsay Stone and Katie Smith lowered their own NYSPHSAA state record in the event with a 1:34.73. They had tied Pittsford’s 2013 state record of 1:35.04 in prelims before lowering it in finals. Orchard Park’s Katrina Wardner, Olivia Sapio, Hannah Rauch and Andrea Ernst placed second in 1:37.36, followed by Clarence’s Maddy Jacumski, Celia Kottakis, Dorotka Tou and Anna Kottakis in 1:37.67.

Casey Gavigan gave Ward Melville its first top three finish of the day in the 100 back as she hit the wall in 55.16 for the win. Emma Hadley of Horace Greeley swam a 55.85 to finish second, while Monroe-Woodbury’s Taylor Stalnaker came in third with a 56.21.

In the 100 breast, Long Beach’s Margaret Aroesty lowered the NYSPHSAA record in the event, stopping the clock at 1:02.19 to erase Lindsey Norberg’s 1:02.43 from 2006 from the record books. Annie Zhu still holds the overall New York record with a 1:01.14 from 2011. Scotia-Glenville’s Olivia Jack swam a 1:03.33 to finish in second, ahead of Pelham’s Katherine Douglass (1:03.64).

Pittsford wrapped up their team title with a victory in the final relay as Lindsay Stone, Emma Corby, Becca Evans and Katie Smith topped the 400 free relay in 3:28.36, almost five seconds in front of Orchard Park’s Katrina Wardner, Olivia Sapio, Hannah Rauch and Andrea Ernst (3:33.14). Bellmore-Merrick picked up third with Elizabeth Walsh, Jessica Arana, Jaimie Kaefer and Kerry Giovanniello touching in 3:33.91.

Results: New York Girls’ High School Swimming and Diving Championships

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