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Area teams set for sectional swim meet

Gloversville-Mayfield's Dane Dillenback swims the butterfly stroke during a Foothills Council meet against Fonda-Johnstown at the Gloversville Middle School pool Jan. 9. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

CLIFTON PARK — The area’s four boys swimming and diving teams will compete in the Section II Division 2 Championships beginning today at Shenendehowa High School.

Amsterdam, Fonda-Johnstown, Gloversville-Mayfield and Canajoharie-Fort Plain all will compete in the meet.

The three-day meet begins today with the 1-meter diving competition at 4 p.m. The swim preliminaries are set for Friday. The Division 2 (small-school) meet will begin at 11:30 a.m., while the Division 1 (large-school) will begin at 4:30 p.m. The top 16 finishers in the preliminaries will advance to Saturday’s swim finals. The Division 2 finals are set to begin at 10 a.m. and the Division 1 finals will begin at 3 p.m.

Gloversville-Mayfield had 13 competitors earn spots in the sectional meet.

“Headed into sectionals I expect to always swim fast. These boys work very hard and buy into our process leading up to race day,” Gloversville-Mayfield coach Matthew Richardson said. “This year 13 of 15 athletes qualified for sectionals which is a pretty good percentage in my mind. As a team, we are always trying to set PR’s and make it back to swim in day 2 finals.

Dane Dillenback is seeded first in the 100-yard butterfly and the 100-yard backstroke for the Sea Dragons. Dillenback qualified for the state meet last year. He was second at sectionals in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100 butterfly.

Jacob Sweeney earned the fifth seed in the 100 breaststroke and the eighth seed in the 200 individual medley for Gloversville-Mayfield, while Kazuma Lomanto was seeded eighth in the 100 butterfly and 10th in the 100 freestyle.

Alex Payne was seeded fifth in the 500 freestyle and also qualified in the 200 freestyle for the Sea Dragons, and Ben Smouse was seeded sixth in the 50 freestyle and also qualified in the 100 freestyle.

In the 1-meter diving event, Gloversville-Mayfield had four divers qualify. Yxlphrm Burke is seeded fourth, Max Barker was seeded seventh, Jeremiah Hughes was seeded ninth and Justin Kemmet was seeded 11th for the Sea Dragons.

“We have some really good seeds this year, could possibly have an individual sectional champion in multiple events as well as some top-eight finishes,” Richardson said. “I also expect our divers to perform well as they have been working really hard over the last month. Diving gives us a huge advantage over teams that do not have divers. I am really looking forward to this weekend”

Kamden Daniels (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Lukas Oathout (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Logan Oathout (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) all qualified in two events for Gloversville-Mayfield, while Anthony Albanese (100 butterfly) also qualified to compete for the Sea Dragons.

“In looking towards sectionals, I believe that if all athletes meet or exceed their personal bests it is a successful meet,” Richardson said. “Anything above and beyond that is icing on the cake.”

Fonda-Johnstown had three swimmers qualify for individual events.

Ryan Nawrot will compete in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, while Vincent Rizzo will compete in the 500 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, D.J. Long qualified in the 100 backstroke for Fonda-Johnstown. Nawrot and Rizzo also will compete in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, while Long will also compete in the 400 freestyle relay.

“I would like Ryan Nawrot and Vincent Rizzo make the top 16 in their individual events and the 200-yard medley relay place top eight,” Fonda-Johnstown coach Ken Hoefs said.

Ethan Angus (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay), Peyton Bramer (200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay), Alex DeMagistris (200 freestyle relay) and Keegan Elston (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle relay) also will compete for Fo-Jo.

“Six of our seven swimmers in sectionals are participating for their first time,” Hoefs said. “This year is a learning experience and building toward having more individual qualifiers and better individual placings next season.”

Amsterdam will have four swimmers competing in individual events.

Alex Slovack was seeded ninth in the 100 breaststroke and also qualified in the 200 individual medley. Corey DeLisa was seeded 10th in the 100 butterfly and also will compete in the 100 backstroke.

Lucas Sarabia (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle) and Samuel VanWie (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) both qualified in two events for the Rams. The four swimmers also will team up to compete in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays for Amsterdam.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain had six swimmers qualify to compete in individual events.

“We are a small squad heading into this year’s sectional meet, but we are looking for improvement in our individual performances to lay a foundation going into next season as we do not have any seniors on this year’s team,” Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Kevin Stuttle said.

Matthew Travis was seeded seventh in the 200 individual medley for C-FP, while Ella Robinson (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), Kurt Sunderland (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke) and Jenna Trembley (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly) all qualified in two events. Giana Murphy (500 freestyle) and Samantha Barlow (100 backstroke) also will compete for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.

“A successful meet for us would be for the kids to go out, have fun, and perform well,” Stuttle said.

In the 200 medley relay, Gloversville-Mayfield is seeded sixth, Amsterdam is seeded seventh, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded ninth and Fonda-Johnstown is seeded 10th.

Gloversville-Mayfield is seeded sixth in the 200 freestyle relay. Amsterdam is seeded eighth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded 10th and Fonda-Johnstown is seeded 12th.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Gloversville-Mayfield is seeded sixth, Amsterdam is seeded eighth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded ninth and Fonda-Johnstown is seeded 10th.

Gloversville-Mayfield was fourth at last year’s Section II Division 2 Championships, while Canajoharie-Fort Plain was sixth. Amsterdam was eighth and Fonda-Johnstown was ninth.

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