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Sports Archives The Altamont Enterprise, November 9, 2006
Vville cross-country sectionals
By Tim Matteson
VOORHEESVILLE Voorheesvilles cross-country coach, Kelly McHale, stood and waited in anticipation on a chilly Friday afternoon.
McHales focus was on a Budget rental truck. The truck was part of the base of operations for the Section II cross-country meet being held at the Saratoga Spa State Park.
McHale was waiting to see if her boys team would be Class C champions. She waited through the Class D race about half an hour and the beginning of the Class AA race before she knew.
Though she was given misinformation earlier, the dream had come true and the Blackbirds were Section II champions; they will be heading to the state meet at Warwick High School this weekend.
"They worked so hard," McHale said. "They are the ones that did it. At the middle of the season, we were rolling along and we realized that we could do it. They pushed themselves as much as they could.
"We had two kids that went on field trips this weekend," McHale added. "They forfeited their spots because they knew we would be going to states. I think that is awesome."
Voorheesville finished with 70 points to beat rival Fonda-Fultonville by seven. Berne-Knox-Westerlo finished third with 107 points.
It was a mid-season victory that gave the Blackbirds confidence that they could win the section.
"It was right after we beat Fonda for the first time," McHale said. "It was actually an interesting move by the coaches. We got into a different race and moved to race Fonda. We needed that."
At Fridays sectional meet, the Blackbirds were led by junior Mackey Lloyd. He finished second overall, passing Fondas Joel Geniti in the final stretch. Lloyds time was 16:14.2.
Fondas Jeremy McAllister won the race in a time of 16:10.7.
Conor Cashin, a freshman, was the next Voorheesville finisher, coming in 12th overall in a time of 17:06.2. Ian Powell was 16th overall in 17:23.8, Ryan Allison was 19th with a time of 17:28.4, and Tommy Pasquali was 21st overall in 17:33.2 to count for the Blackbirds points.
Nathan Bub and Taylor Teagold also ran for the Birds in the race on Friday.
It will be Lloyds third trip to the sectionals. He went as an individual the past two seasons and would have qualified that way again if the Blackbirds had not won.
"This is the best I’ve felt," he said after Friday’s race. "We are a band of brothers. It would only be right if we went together."
Lloyd started off strong and was with the leader throughout the whole race.
"I was in second place and then McAllister passed me," Lloyd said. "I was third going into the woods but then I passed Geniti."
On to the sectionals
The sectional title is the second in a row for McHale. She led the Voorheesville girls team to the Class C title last year.
The Blackbirds have not run on the course at Warwick, where the sectional competition will be held, but they could still have a good day this Saturday.
"I was looking on-line and we were ranked fourth, pre-sectional meet," McHale said. "If we finish in the top four, that would be awesome. It’s been a great season. I tell the kids to just make it there is a privilege. It’s not something that everybody else gets to do."
The runners are also excited to go, for different reasons.
"Mackey went as a freshman and he roomed with an upperclassman from another team," McHale said. "Now he has someone from his own team to room with. We haven’t been to Warwick, but we are looking forward to having a trip out of the area."
McHale also commented on the whole team going instead of individual runners.
"It makes the practices go smoother the week before," McHale said. "We run better as a team than individuals. When they’re running together, they rely on each other."
Girls come in third
The Voorheesville girls team finished third in the sectionals on Friday. They had 123 points to finish behind powerhouses Greenwich and Fonda-Fultonville.
Grace Giampaglia paced the Blackbirds with an 11th-place finish in 19:54.3. Chantal Little was 23rd overall in 20:52.3. Kali Votraw, Alison Vogelien, and Michelyn Little picked up points for the Blackbirds. Zoe Edmunds and Elizabeth Dawson also ran for the Lady Blackbirds.
Voorheesville was affected by the absence of top runner Hilary Edmunds; she missed the race because of an injury to her hip flexor muscle.
"It happened three weeks ago," McHale said. "It’s disappointing for her."
The best news for the future of the girls team and the boys is that there wasnt one senior among the top runners at sectionals. All the runners for both teams will be back next year.
"We have a lot of young kids," Lloyd said. "We moved up mostly 10th- and 9th-graders. We get everybody back except one girl.
"I knew we had some individuals," Lloyd said. "We had some guys that surprised me. Conor Cashin; I knew he would do better, but he surprised me a lot."
By Tim Matteson
BERNE Sectional competition spurred another good performance for the Berne-Knox-Westerlo cross-country teams.
The boys team has been a perennial contender for the past few years and the girls team has gotten stronger. Both proved their mettle at the Section II meet Friday at Saratoga Springs State Park.
The boys team finished third in the Class C race. The Bulldogs tallied a score of 107 points to finish behind Voorheesville and Fonda-Fultonville. Voorheesville won with 70 points.
The girls team finished in fourth place with 148 points behind Greenwich, which won with an amazing 25 points. Fonda and Voorheesville were second and third.
"I’m extremely pleased with the team," said BKW Coach Bill Tindale after the girls’ race on Friday. "Everybody beat their best times. I was thinking, we hopefully, would be in the top five. For a team with only six girls, that is a very good year."
Only one BKW runner qualified for the state meet that will be held in Warwick this weekend. Ada Lauterbach will be going for the third year in a row. She won Class C this year, but, like much of the team, was a victim of Greenwichs move up from Class D.
Lauterbach finished sixth this year. Greenwich runners finished in the top three spots so she was the third non-Greenwich runner to finish. The top five runners not from the winning team also advance to the states.
"I’m happy I made it," Lauterbach said after her race. "I was hoping I would do better. But it is what I worked for. I was happy I broke up the Greenwich pack."
Lauterbach finished with a time of 19:34.5. Greenwichs Caitlin Lane finished in 18:04.8. The Saratoga High School transfer standout was followed by Brittney Lane and Cady Kuzmich.
Lauterbach will give states another good shot. She has experience running the big race, but has not run at the course in Warwick this year.
"I definitely like running places that I’m unfamiliar with," she said. "Like Warwick, I’ve never been there before."
Lauterbach missed some running this season as her mother was battling cancer but she came back and got right on track.
"I was a little rusty at first," Lauterbach said. "After the WAC race, I felt like I broke through a barrier. And I’ve gotten better from there."
"She ran a good race," Tindale said. "She came out pretty hard. From race to race this year, she has made tremendous progress. She ran a great race at the WAC championship. She won by 32 seconds. For her, on a good day, she is right up there with anybody."
Lauterbach was followed by teammates Christina Bartonicek, who finished 22nd in a time of 20:51. Katrina Yakel, Michelle Raymond, and Claire Della Rocco followed for the Bulldogs. Justine Crevatas also was in the race but her place didnt figure into the scoring for BKW. Only the top runners from each team score points.
The boys team was paced by Jared Finke. Finke finished seventh overall in 16:37. Dave Haverly was 18th overall for BKW in a time of 17:25.5. Tyler Merrill, Tommy Della Rocco, and Tyler Mesick scored points for BKW. Aaron Giebitz and Jeff Moller also ran for BKW but did not score points.
The Bulldogs finished second to Fonda on Friday but beat the Braves in the Western Athletic Conference meet a little more than a week before the sectional championships.
"We ran a great race that day," Tindale said. "It was a team race. Jared Finke finished fourth and Dave Haverly was sixth. He was the hero of the day. He ran his best race ever
Messick is the only member of the boys team that will be graduating this year. Della Rocco and Raymond are the only senior runners girls team.
The girls team also has another group of younger runners waiting in the wings.
"We had a nice modified team," Tindale said of junior high runners. "We’re trying to get more numbers. But the runners we have, have a great attitude and are dedicated to the team."
By Tim Matteson
GUILDERLAND Guilderlands Brian Rhodes-Devey was ecstatic on Friday afternoon.
So had the senior cross-country runner added another first-place trophy to his vast collection at the Section II meet held at Saratoga Spa State Park" No.
But Rhodes-Devey was celebrating the accomplishments of some of his friends.
He finished second in the Class AA race in a much-anticipated showdown with friend and rival Steve Murdock of Shenendehowa.
"It was a hell of a race," Rhodes-Devey said on Friday. "I knew Steve and I would take it. I was looking forward to it. You definitely have to race against him to understand how powerful he is. He ran a hell of a race and he really kicked it in at the end."
Murdock finished in 14:36.5, just one second off the course record. Rhodes-Devey came in at 14:46.7 improving his time by eight seconds from last years sectionals.
It was a good day for the Guilderland team. Roland Graves finished eighth overall but was the fourth non-Shenendehowa finisher and clinched a spot in the state meet that takes place this weekend. The top five runners not from the winning team, which was Shen, also go to states.
Graves ran a time of 15:34 to earn his spot.
"We had four people below 15 minutes," said Guilderland Coach Bob Oates. "And Brian took eight seconds off his time, which is unbelievable. Both will move forward and we have four more races to go for Brian."
"It’s awesome," Rhodes-Devey said about Graves’s qualifying for states. "Roland worked his butt off all year. He really has been putting the miles in and doing everything he needs to do. I knew he would be right on the bubble. It’s incredible; I am so proud of him."
"I knew I couldn’t give up at all," Graves said. "I put another gear on in time and just kept running for my life."
The Dutchmen finished second with 74 points. Shen won with 24 points, and Niskayuna followed with 82 points.
Justin Velhuis was 20th overall in a time of 16:19.5. Jared Moriarty was 21st in 16:20.6 and Kevin Sheehan was 23rd in a time of 16:30:.5.
Jacob King and Fabio Ritmo also ran for the Dutchmen but their place finishes did not count toward the points.
"I’m very pleased," Oates said. "Overall, our times were unbelievable. We had a lot of personal records and huge jumps. Everybody ran as hard as he could. I’m hoping for a Federation bid. We put all our cards on the table. We got two on the bus. Roland is on the bus. He had a good enough year, but he came out of nowhere."
Graves set a personal record of 21 seconds on the Saratoga course.
"I’ve put in a good amount of miles over the summer," Graves said. "I was not giving up today. No way."
The Murdock/Rhodes-Devey battle came down to the final stretch.
"We were duking it out for most of it," Rhodes-Devey said. "He didn’t pull away until the back woods. I was hoping to hold on to second, especially after last year, which was kind of a disaster."
Rhodes-Devey finished sixth at sectionals last year, but won the state meet the next week.
He is looking forward to defending his title this weekend at the state meet in Warwick in Orange County.
"I’m looking forward to getting on that course again," Rhodes-Devey said. "It’ll be great to have Roland there. He’s been my training partner. He’s been there for me all year. He was there for me this summer when I had to go on the 6:30-in-the-morning runs."
Graves said that Rhodes-Devey also had an impact in his running.
"He helps a lot with workouts," Graves said. "He helps me out with everything. I was so nervous today, and he told me some stuff because he’s been here before. He helps me out with everything."
Graves was chasing Matt Bogdan of Shaker at the end of the race. He didnt catch Bogdan but the pace he kept allowed him to finish with a great time.
"I stayed with him," Graves said. "I wasn’t going to let up. This is the best feeling in the world. I’m hurting so much, but it’s a great feeling."
The Guilderland girls team finished sixth in the Class AA race earlier on Friday. Erin Mossop, an eighth-grader, was the top Lady Dutch runner. She came in 23rd in a time of 19:07. Jen Madsen was 24th in 19:09.5.
Courtney DeLorenzo was 36th, Lea Cure was 39th, and Lynley Joynt was 40th. Kelly Camardo and Abbey Levy also ran for the Lady Dutch but their finishes didnt count in the scoring. The Lady Dutch will have room for improvement as DeLorenzo is the only senior who ran at sectionals.
"We had a good finish today," said Coach Dave Kosier. "But this team will get better and we’ll be very competitive next year."
Guilderland field hockey
By Tim Mattesson
GUILDERLAND The Guilderland field hockey team surged into uncharted territory this season as the program is trying to make strides.
The Lady Dutch played in its first-ever Section II semifinal game after upsetting Saratoga in a quarterfinal game. Guilderland, though, showed its inexperience and did not perform well in a 1-0 loss to Shenendehowa in the semifinal match-up.
"We spent a lot of time on our heels," said Guilderland Coach Kelly Vrooman. "It was disappointing with the momentum we were on. The last time we played them, we had 20 shots."
This time, the Lady Dutch managed only 10 shots against Shenendehowa goalie Emily Gunner. Shen forced Dutch senior goalie Melanie Ostrowski to make 12 saves in the contest.
Despite the lack of offense, the Dutch were able to hold on until late in the second half. Shens Holly Garrison finally broke through as she placed a shot past Ostrowski with 5:19 left in the game.
Players were scrambling in front of the Guilderland goal before Garrison got a pass from Taylor Dempsey and finished a shot that gave the Plainswomen the win.
"We were scrambling and I ran out of timeouts," Vrooman said. "I think I needed five timeouts to help us focus."
The Dutch got some shots from senior captain Jen Kaye, and good play out of Michelle Giwerc, senior captain Nikki Branchini, and senior defender Lindsey Green.
The Dutch were stronger in the first half as they had better chances in the opening 30 minutes. But the Dutch were on their heels in the second half and it was just a matter of time before Shen broke through.
"We had our moments," Vrooman said. "But our play was mediocre. It was a huge feat to beat Saratoga, and I can’t take that away from them. It was the first time we were in the semifinals in Guilderland’s history."
The field hockey program began in 2002 and has struggled to produce consistent results. The Dutch finished the season with a 6-11 record.
But when Kaye scored with an assist from Branchini to put the Dutch into the semifinals, a big step for the program was taken.
"We are still a young team," Vrooman said. "We have players that don’t have knowledge of the game. We just started a modified team this year and that will help us. That is why we have a young team all the time.
"We want to build competitors," Vrooman added. "We want to try to teach the girls how to compete.
"It is hard for the girls coming up from the j.v.," Vrooman added. "They are winning one or two games and tying a couple of games. They don’t know how it feels to win unless they are multiple-sport athletes."
The Dutch have just five seniors, and they have a lack of experience, but most compete in other sports. Ostrowski also plays basketball, Branchini plays basketball and lacrosse, Green plays lacrosse, and Kaye plays ice hockey and lacrosse. Megan Cleary is the other senior on the team.
Kaye was a first-team Suburban Council all-star and Ostrowski was a second-team player for the second year in a row. Branchini was named to the leagues first team and Green was named to the second team while Rachel Ostrowski and Courtney Davis were named as honorable mentions.
"This is the biggest junior class I’ve had," said Vrooman, who has coached the team since it started. "The talent is spread out across the team. Jen Kaye is in her second year of field hockey and she has played tremendous. She’s been spectacular on offense."
Vrooman said it is too soon to tell if the first trip to the semifinals will be a boost to the program. But the program is getting stronger as the junior varsity team, under the tutelage of Lori Rafferty, has been learning the sport and the modified team, coached by Tara McConaghy, has been formed.
"Having j.v. and modified will help," Vrooman said. "We had a hard time because we had girls on varsity that were new to the game. We are starting to build on youth. We built the program from the top down."
Part of the process is getting a good performance in every game. The Dutch played well to upset Saratoga but took a step back against Shen.
"It felt good when it happened," Vrooman said of the Saratoga win. "Today [Wednesday] we didn’t play well. The last two times we played Shen, we played great. We should have won. They have a phenomenal keeper. In the last game, she saved 20 balls.
"I wish there are more positives. But it’s very tough. If the girls played as hard as they could it would not hurt as much. I know they are better than what they showed out here."
By Tim Matteson
GUILDERLAND The season of making history continued for Guilderlands football team.
The Dutchmen, who made the playoffs for the first time since 1999, beat Shenendehowa in Clifton Park, on Oct. 27 for the first time since the 1970s.
"It was a very good way to end the season," said Guilderland Coach Dan Penna. "Playing a program like Shenendehowa is good. It’s tough to come play that final crossover game after losing in the playoffs. This was a match up we wanted. We did not want to play a team we would roll up and leave their place with an easy win, but a team we haven’t beaten in 10 years. It certainly was a high note to end the season."
The Dutchmen won, 16-0, over the Plainsmen.
"It was appropriate that we got a shutout," Penna said. "We’ve been playing great defense all season. This defense is one of the best defenses I’ve ever coached. Our defensive line was great; we got great linebacking, and our secondary was tough."
Despite losing in the playoffs, to eventual champion Christian Brothers Academy, the Dutchmen had a great week of practice heading into the Shen game, Penna said.
"We had guys that haven’t gotten a lot of time this season, lead us," Penna said. "It was an intense week of practice. Their spirits and motivation was high going into game day."
Penna turned the week into a one-game season and his players responded.
"We were 5-3 up to that point," the coach said. "And we were proud to have a winning record and to make the playoffs, but the seniors wanted to leave on a high note and play a team like Shen, which was a solid team and a great program.
"They had a down year, for Shen," Penna added. "But they were on a roll and won their last two games 38-7 and had a big win over Bethlehem, which was the only team to beat AA number-one Ballston Spa."
Senior Kevin Forbes scored two touchdowns for the Dutchmen and Nick Zanotta kicked a 28-yard field goal for the Dutchmens points.
"It was his first make of the season," Penna said of his kicker. "It would have been good from 40 yards. It was a great kick."
The Dutch were able to get big chunks of yardage and got big plays on offense. Senior quarterback Greg Barcomb had a good game and made a couple of completions to classmate Joe Lima that kept a couple of drives alive.
"Joe Lima made two big catches," Penna said. "One was an over-the-shoulder catch on third-and-long. That loosened things up for Kevin Forbes and Drew Smith among others to run the ball and exploit the Shen defense."
The win gave the Dutch a 6-3 record, which to Penna sounds better than 5-4.
"It sure does," he answered. "The guys deserve a 6-3 record. They earned a 6-3 record with the amount of work they put into the season."
The Dutch also had confidence in themselves going into the final game.
"From the opening kick-off," Penna said, "we didn’t have any doubt that we would win the football game. It was a physical contest which is great. We beat Shen in a fashion that that they usually do to teams. We controlled the line of scrimmage, we gang tackled, and we out-physicalled them. Not too many teams can say that."
Penna said that his kids were disappointed to see CBA win the Section II Class AA championship last Friday night.
"It was bittersweet to see CBA have success," Penna said. "It reaffirmed how close we were to winning a sectional championship. It would have been great to be in the super bowl. We proved to ourselves, to the community, and to Section II that we were one of the teams that had potential to be one of the best teams in the AA’s at the end of the season."
The Dutchmen played CBA to the closest margin in the Brothers run to the sectional title. Guilderland lost 13-8 at home.
The season is not over for Penna and several of his players. Penna will be the defensive coach at the Section II Senior All-Star Game on Thursday night. Forbes, Kyle Hussey, and Zanotta will play in the game on the defensive side of the football.
But the seniors will be missed by Penna and the other coaches at Guilderland.
"The senior class has blazed a path for future Dutchmen teams," Penna said. "They established a winning experience through their hard work and dedication. And they brought Guilderland football to where it should be, which is to be recognized as one of the top teams in Class AA.
"And the underclassmen," Penna said, "got to see what it is like to play for a winning team and in the playoffs. And now they can work on bringing home a Class AA trophy in the next few years."
Guilderland boys soccer
By Tim Matteson
GUILDERLAND The Guilderland Dutchmen found themselves in an early hole and couldnt fight their way out of it in the Class AA Section II soccer semifinals on Thursday night.
The Saratoga Blue Streaks scored just two minutes into the contest and Guilderland had a goal taken off the scoreboard. The Dutch couldnt recover and lost, 3-0, in the semifinal contest.
"We didn’t play bad and we didn’t play good," said Guilderland Coach Mike Kinnally after the game. "They came out ready to go. We played them three times this year and this is the best they played. They came out quickly and worked very hard. They had chances and we were on our heels. It’s a credit to them."
Saratoga scored with 37:53 remaining in the opening half.
Guilderland goalie Uriah Myrie came out to play a ball but got caught out of position and Saratogas Johnathan Rosebrook got to the ball first and kicked it into the goal. Kyle Toyama was given an assist on the play.
It appeared the Dutchmen got even just a few seconds later when senior Chris Conway headed the ball into the goal. But, after some discussion between the referees, the goal was disallowed because of a push call against Conway.
Both teams had decent chances but couldnt connect and the game remained 1-0 at halftime.
The Dutch had some chances in the second half but could not get on the scoreboard. Saratoga finally cracked the scoring column again with 25:06 left in the game. Rosebrook scored again with an assist from Toyama.
The Blue Streaks sealed the win with 23:35 left in the game as a ball went off the head of a Guilderland defender but wasnt cleared out. Dylan Drosky got to the loose ball and blasted it into the goal to give Saratoga a 3-0 lead.
"We never got into a rhythm," Kinnally said. "We were on our heels. It’s a credit to them. They definitely outplayed us."
Guilderland took six shots against Saratoga standout goalie Warren Gross, who stopped each for the shutout. Myrie made five saves against five shots for Saratoga.
The game had an ugly moment late in the second half as two Guilderland players Karl Mohr and Jesse Lutz were red-carded and kicked out of the contest for throwing punches.
The Dutch had to play two men down and couldnt mount a comeback.
"I wasn’t happy with what happened in the second half," Kinnally said. "I will come down on them like a ton of bricks. That is the first red card we’ve had in three years. There is a reason why that happens, we don’t tolerate stuff like that here."
The ejections, Kinnally feels, will put a black eye on what the team accomplished this season, which was upset Shen and reach the semifinals for the first time in a long time.
"It’s been 10 years since we’ve been here," Kinnally said. "And I felt like we had a legitimate shot. At halftime, we were down, 1-0, and we were not playing well."
Kinnally wished his team had played better on a big stage in front of a good crowd.
"The Shen game was a great win," the coach said. "But the attention we got for it was a little much. It was just a soccer game and this one was bigger. But beating Shen, no one can take that away. We had a great turnout. Some of my classes were here. It was a great week for us."
Kinnally was pleased that the team reached the goals it had set at the beginning of the season. The Dutch allowed fewer goals than last year and scored more goals than last year. They also finished the season with 13 wins, three more than the previous year.
The team had 12 seniors led by Kyle Klapp, Myrie, Kyle Tassone, Matt Stillman, Greg Murphy, Conway, and Phil Cassidy. Philip Atwood, Seth Canetto, Eric Conover, Shane Haggerty, and Michael Kremer are the other 12th-graders on the team.
"We reached every goal," Kinnally said. "We talked about scoring more goals than the other teams. The next one is to get respect and get back to where we were. Uriah filled in well in the goal. He had 11 shutouts. And Kyle Klapp was outstanding this year."
Gville swimmers at sectionals
By Tim Matteson
Guilderville swimmers had a good team meet on Saturday at the Section II championships, even though no individual qualified for the state meet.
"We had a wonderful time," said Coach Brenna Autrey. "I’m pleased with the results. The times dropped really, really well. We placed sixth overall which is the best Guilderville has ever done."
The combined team of swimmers from Guilderland and Voorheesville high schools had a swimmer in the finals of every event.
Their best finish was a fourth place by Erin Dewey in the 500-yard freestyle. Dewey swam to a time of 5:26.58 in the event. Teammate Brittney Ginsburg was eighth in the event with a time of 5:35.97.
"Erin Dewey had an outstanding meet," Autrey said. "She was fourth in the 500 freestyle and she’s just a 10th-grader. She’ll be a kid to watch."
But the two closest competitors for states were Toni Marie Whitbeck in diving and Stephenie Bintz in swimming.
Whitbeck finished her 11 dives with 393.35 points, but she needed 395 to qualify for the state meet. She ended up in ninth place.
Bintz finished the final to the 100-yard backstroke in 1:03.22 but she needed 1:02.54 to go to the state meet.
"Stephenie just missed states by a fraction of a second," Autrey said. "But she is handling it fine. She’s headed to Cortland to swim, so she is getting ready for that. And Toni Marie just missed in diving. It’s very upsetting for those two and I feel extremely bad for them."
The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Tara Dougherty, Ginsburg, Dewey, and Reynalyn Canchela finished fifth in a time of 3:55.79.
Marie Bele, an exchange student from France, finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke. She set a personal record with a time of 1:14.46.
"That was out of control," Autrey said.
Dewey finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley in a time of 2:17.96. Stevie Church finished 13th in the event and Canchela finished 16th.
The 200-yard medley relay team of Bintz, Dewey, Bele, and Tori Stuto finished seventh in a time of 2:00.08.
Dougherty finished 13th in the 200-yard freestyle in 2:08.10 to set a personal record. Stuto finished 16th in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 27.01 seconds.
Ginsburg was 12th in the 100-yard butterfly, setting a personal record time of 1:06.16.
Bintz finished eighth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 59.54 seconds. Katrina Nakao was 13th in a time of 59.70 and Tara Dougherty was 15th but set a personal record with her time of 59.43.
The 200-yard relay team of Dougherty, Brittany Phillips, Elizabeth Bobersky, and Stuto finished ninth. They combined for a time of 1:53.14.
A number of the swimmers will be returning next year.
"I’m excited about the future of the program," Autrey said. "We have middle-schoolers Reynalyn Canchela, Rachel Degman, and Helen Merkeley that are ready to jump right in. I will not be surprised if they make it to sectionals next year. They are working really hard. The great thing is, we go out to dinner together and some of them go to New Jersey for a clinic for a few weeks. So they are doing other stuff. It’s a lot of fun and they are learning outside of the pool in Voorheesville."
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