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MILLER HOMES IN ON MARKS; OP WINS AA SWIM TITLE

It might have been a road meet, but Frontier's Ginger Miller definitely made herself at home at the ECIC Swimming Championships at Clarence High School on Saturday.

Miller, a senior, broke a pair of pool records in Saturday's finals, winning the 200-yard individual medley in 2:13.97 and the 500 freestyle in 5:19.64 en route to being named Most Valuable Swimmer in Class AA.

Both marks Miller broke were her own, records she set during Thursday's preliminary heats.

She also helped the Falcons grab a third-place finish in the 400 free relay and a fourth in the 200 medley relay.

Defending champion Orchard Park claimed the AA team title with 413 points to finish ahead of runner-up Clarence with 302 and Williamsville North with 238.

Leading the way for the Quakers was junior Martha Whistler with firsts in the 200 free (2:01.75) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.77).

It was by no means a one-girl effort for Orchard Park, which swept all three relays and also got an individual victory from Robin Lehner in the 100 breaststroke.

Senior Stephanie Belke of Sweet Home was a double-winner with victories in the 100 free (53.74) and the 100 backstroke (100:69).

In the Class A meet, Amherst senior Rachael Rubin grabbed Most Valuable Swimmer honors as she captured the 50 free in 54.66 seconds and was part of the Tigers' winning 400 free relay team. She was finished second in the IM and as part of the 200 medley relay.

"I felt good in the water today," Rubin said. "Halfway through the race, I knew I had a body length on the rest of the field, so I was confident I'd be able to keep going."

According to Rubin, this marked the last time she will swim the 100 in her high school career. She said she plans to compete in the 200 and 500 freestyle events in the Section VI meet, which will be held Nov. 8-10 at Erie Community College's Burt Flickinger Center.

East Aurora claimed the A team title with 380 points to 296 for Amherst while Eden finished third with 271.

East Aurora's "Kiddie Corps" did much of the damage as three freshmen won individual events.

Christine Marchetta won the 200 free in 2:06.30, Adrienne Kina took the 50 free in 25.58 seconds, and Kelly Dudek finished first in the 500 free in 5:43.39.

East Aurora also won the medley and 200 free relays.

One of the most anticipated races of the day was the 100 breaststroke final, where defending state champion Jamie McGowan, an East Aurora ninth-grader, was toppled by West Seneca West junior Kelly Stoklosa.

"Jamie was seeded first, so this was a really big win for me," Stoklosa said. "My technique was lousy, but I just wanted to concentrate on speed. Jamie and I are good friends and I know we'll meet up again in the Sectionals."

Eighth-grader Sheila Carson of Iroquois won the individual medley in 2:17.24.

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