University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez Notches Two First-Place Finishes on Night Two of Buffalo Speedo Sectionals

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The second night of finals at Buffalo Speedo Sectionals 2017 kicked off with some fast long course swimming by some young athletes. After conclusion of the session, Cape Cod Swim Club had overtaken The FISH for the lead, with an overall team point total of 353 to The FISH’s 312. Cougar Aquatic Team sits in third with 294 points.

In the women’s 200 meter freestyle, 15-year-old The FISH standout Madelyn Donohoe took first place with a time of 2:04.64. Her 18-year-old teammate Nicole Fye, a Virginia state record holder and Ohio State commit, placed second in 2:05.04. Olivia Sapio of Town Wreckers Swim Team touched in 2:06.87 for third place.

On the men’s side, University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez swimmer Andres Solivan Rivera threw down a 1:56.91 to take first place over Brandon Amthor of Sharks and Eagles Swim Team, who swam a time of 1:57.11. Nathan Stern of Peddie Aquatic Association took third with a 1:59.50.

University of Puerto Rico Mayaguez, a popular training trip destination for U.S. colleges, notched another first-place finish in the men’s 100 meter butterfly, with Alex Hernandez Medina‘s time of 55.21. He was over two seconds ahead of second-place Nathan Stern out of Peddie Aquatics, who swam a 57.51. Third place went to Neil Horne of Clifton Park Halfmoon Piranhas with his time of 58.19.

There was an extremely close race in the women’s 100 breaststroke, as Alexandra McDaid of Peddie and Olivia Jack of Clifton Park battled over the finish. McDaid touched 0.01 ahead of Jack, swimming 1:13.38 to Jack’s 1:13.39. The two frontrunners were ahead of the field by almost four seconds, as Carlee Sanchez-Hegarty of Cougar Aquatic Team touched in 1:17.02 for third.

Joseph Scerbo of Cougar Aquatic Team won the men’s 100 meter breaststroke by a small margin as well, putting up a 1:06.64 to teammate Zachary Valezuela‘s time of 1:06.82. UPRM’s Juan Arellano Uribe, the first seed coming into the meet, swam a 1:07.38 for third place.

In the women’s 100 butterfly, Sapio took first in an impressive 1:02.68. Liverpool Jets Swim Club’s Sydnie Sovinsky swam a 1:03.33 for second place, and Fye rounded out the top three with a time of 1:04.13.



Cape Cod Swim Club’s Palma Foschi Walko topped the distance event of the evening with her time of 5:02.31 in the women’s 400 meter IM. Donohoe put up a strong showing for second place, swimming a 5:04.62. Walko and Donohoe separated themselves from the field by a large margin, third place going to Cougar Aquatic Team’s Natalie Dalla Riva with a 5:10.21.

On the men’s side, Scerbo won decisively with a 4:38.99. Joseph Perry of Cape Cod Swim Club was second in 4:42.85, just ahead of The FISH’s Mason Greenblatt, who touched 0.02 later in 4:42.87.

Claire Wolff, Keely Hemminger, Donohoe, and Fye combined to grab FISH the win in the women’s 800 meter freestyle relay, with splits of 2:13.50, 2:10.45, 2:04.41, and 2:06.96, respectively. Second place went to Cape Cod Swim Club’s team of Madeline King, Walko, Bridget Birmingham, and Michelle Guo. Due to a touch pad malfunction, splits were not available for their second-place swim. Weymouth Club Waves put together a team of Sarah Rice, Leigh Spicer, Emily Appleton, and Samantha Hughes for third place in 8:57.42.

To finish off the meet, Cougar Aquatic Team’s A-squad consisting of Valenzeula, Benjamin Amoreno, Scerbo, and Evan Custance combined for the win on the men’s side with a time of 8:04.31. Star Swimming’s time of 8:11.75, swum by Michael Clough, Andrew Duszynski, Maximillian Strittmatter, and Riley McLaughlin, was good for second place. Third place in the event went to Loyola Blakefield Aquatics in 8:12.97 (Zachariah Reid, Graham Lindner, Jacob Breschi, and Theodore Turrall).

Meet results can be found on Meet Mobile under 2017 Speedo Sectionals.

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Wendy Griffin
7 years ago

Us crazy parents from Liverpool cheered on the Puerto Rico team. We felt bad they had no fans in the stands!

Cristina Ferrer
7 years ago
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Rosamar Ramos
7 years ago
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Thanks!!! I have no kids in the team, but that’s my alma mater!!! ?? Congrats yo you too!!’

Wendy Griffin
7 years ago
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Gizelle Castro
Gizelle Castro
7 years ago
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Thanks from Puerto Rico!

Niury Mirás
7 years ago


Nicole Houde Hiltbrand

Giddy school girls we were. ?

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