The best diver in New York State is an eighth-grader from Williamsville North.
Casey Matthews proved that Saturday, winning the title at the 29th annual New York State Swimming and Diving Championships on Long Island.
The Orchard Park 200 medley team also placed first for the second year in a row. The Quakers' foursome of junior Andrea Lehner, eighth-grader Maddie Sherry, sophomore Hannah Whistler and junior Megan Smith swam an automatic All-American time of 1:49.24.
Matthews was third in the diving last year, scoring 441.75. This year, her 11-dive total was 484.20. Alden's Kelly Sponholz placed fifth with 420.60.
Lehner, nursing a sore back all season, broke her own Section VI record in the 100 backstroke with a 57.03 in preliminaries. In the finals she placed second in 57.95.
The Quakers' 200 free relay team of Lehner, Samantha Turner, Whistler and Smith finished runner-up in 1:39.61, bettering its winning time at sections of 1:39.75. Its 400 free relay of Turner, Whistler, Smith and Lehner came in third in a season-best 3:38.04.
Alex Dockstader of Kenmore West placed seventh in two events: the 200 IM (2:10.06) and the 100 butterfly (53.42). In the 100 breaststroke, Ashley Schaffert of Lockport was sixth in 1:06.65.
Federation meet: Just as it did in last week's New York State meet, Lockport finished second to Fayetteville-Manlius in Saturday's Federation meet. Temperatures in the 40s and a light rain made for a slick course at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.
Fayetteville-Manlius, ranked No. 1 in the nation, had five runners place in the top 10.
Frontier was 15th and St. Joe's 25th in a field of 27 teams.
Senior Mark Russell of Lockport was the top finisher among Western New York runners, placing 12th in 16:15.4. He was followed by Michael Deren of Frontier (24th), Bradley Bogdan of Canisius (36th), Lyle Tolli of Lockport (44th) and Patrick Russell of Lockport (50th).
"We weren't real happy," said Lockport coach Bob Eberhardt. "Our No. 1 guy, Mark Russell, did well, but the other guys thought they were kind of mediocre. They were disappointed. We've traveled two weekends in a row. It kind of wears on them."
Among the girls, East Aurora was 11th and Nardin placed 20th in the 27-team field. Kailey Harvey of Jamestown was 38th, Jamie Rzepecki of East Aurora was 54th and Sarah Mosser of East Aurora was 55th.
Class B semifinals: Westhill of Section III scored in the 63rd minute to eliminate Roy-Hart, 1-0, at the National Soccer Hall of Fame in Oneonta. The Rams, making their first trip to the state final four, finished 16-6-2.
The Rams got eight shots on goal. Westhill's goal came on a set play starting from about 35 yards out. A pass came into the box, was kicked out to the corner and Andy Murphy ran around the wall and drilled it into the net.
"It was a really nice goal," said Roy-Hart coach Jeremiah Hicks. "We played well, the bounces didn't go our way."