Area swimmers ready for Section II Division 2 Championships

Gloversville-Mayfield's Mariana Benvenuto swims the butterfly leg of the 200-medley relay against Hudson Falls-South Glens Falls in a Foothills Council meet Sept. 17 at the Gloversville Middle School Pool. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CLIFTON PARK — Several area girls swimmers will be among those competing in the Section II Division 2 Championships this week at Shenendehowa High School.

A total of 15 area competitors qualified to swim in individual events.

Gloversville-Mayfield, which finished seventh at last year’s Division 2 meet, had seven swimmers qualify to compete in individual events.

Mariana Benvenuto was seeded fourth in the 100-yard butterfly and ninth in the 200-yard individual medley.

Benvenuto finished ninth in the 100-yard butterfly and 11th in the 200-yard individual medley at last year’s Section II Division 2 meet.

Abigail Seltzer (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) and Miracle Conyne (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) each qualified in two events, while Sophey Williams will compete in the 100 butterfly.

Sydney Yates, Finley Ebersole and Nature Conyne will all compete in the 100 freestyle.

Fonda-Johnstown had six swimmers qualify for individual events.

Scout Huckans is seeded 13th in both the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, while Abigail Rizzo is seeded 14th in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Angelina Atwood earned the 15th seed in the 100 freestyle and 16th in the 50 freestyle. Julia Norris (100 freestyle, 100 backstroke) also qualified in two events, while Jenna Weaver and Emma VanGorder qualified in the 100 freestyle.

Atwood qualified for sectionals in the 50 freestyle last year and was part of the fifth-place 200 medley relay and sixth-place 400 freestyle relay at sectionals, while Rizzo was part of the sixth-place 400 freestyle relay team. Fo-Jo was ninth in the team standings at last year’s sectional meet.

Atwood and Rizzo also will swim in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays, while Huckans and Norris will swim in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.

VanGorder also will compete in the 200 freestyle relay, while Weaver will compete in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

Callie Fagan and Delaney Grady will compete in the 200 medley relay for Fonda-Johnstown.

“Fonda-Johnstown desires to have as many individual swimmers place in the top 16 as possible. We would like every relay to be top 8 and make finals,” Fonda-Johnstown coach Ken Hoefs said. “A successful meet would be multiple swimmers making top 16 in individual events and at least two relays finishing top 8. We had three swimmers make finals last year and we would like to match that. Five out of eight swimmers competing at sectionals are seniors. It is their last high school swim meet, they have to leave it all in the pool and achieve times they are capable of.”

Amsterdam will send Ferneidy Dotel and Azia Aldi to the meet. Dotel qualified in both the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while Aldi qualified in the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle.

Dotel and Aldi both qualified for the Section II Division 2 Championships last season in the 100-yard freestyle. Amsterdam finished 10th in the team standings at the meet.

In the 200 medley relay, Gloversville-Mayfield is seeded eighth and Fonda-Johnstown is seeded ninth.

Fonda-Johnstown is seeded eighth in the 200 freestyle relay, Gloversville-Mayfield is seeded ninth and Amsterdam is seeded 10th.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Fonda-Johnstown earned the eighth seed and Gloversville-Mayfield is seeded ninth.

There are no local competitors in the 1-meter diving competition or 100 breaststroke.

The top 16 finishers in the preliminaries advance to the finals in each event. The top eight will compete in the A final, while the ninth through 16th-place finishers will swim in the B final.

The meet begins Thursday with a 1-meter diving preliminaries and finals at 4 p.m.

On Friday, the swim preliminaries for Division 2 Championships begin at 11:30 a.m., while the swim prelims for the Division 1 Championships are set to start at 4:30 p.m.

The meet concludes Saturday with the swim finals in Division 1 and 2. The Division 2 finals are set for begin at 10 a.m., followed by the Division 1 finals are slated for 3 p.m.


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