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ORCHARD PARK, EAST AURORA CLAIM ECIC SWIM TITLES

Orchard Park won seven of 12 events to dominate Saturday's girls ECIC Swimming and Diving Championships at Sweet Home. The Quakers won the Class AA meet by a 116-point margin over Williamsville North, while East Aurora won the Class A meet by 82 points over Starpoint.

Andrea Lehner of the Quakers won the 50 free (24.32 seconds), the 500 free (5:09.79) and was on the winning 200 free relay team. Megan Smith won the 200 IM and was on two first-place relays. Hannah Whistler (100 free) and Nadilyn Sherry (100 breaststroke) each won an individual event and were on a winning relay. Williamsville North placed first in diving as Casey Matthews scored 439.85. Tracy Rathke won the 100 back in 1:01.37.

In the Class A meet, Nicole Moss of Williamsville South won two individual events -- the 200 free (2:05.17) and the 500 free (5:33.64). Adrienne Kina won the 50 free (25.58) and was on East Aurora's winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Lindsay Edwards and Jamie McGowan of the Blue Devils were on two winning relays.

Cross country

ECIC Championships: Frontier placed three runners among the top seven at Alden to win the Division I race. Mike Deren won the race in 16:36. Teammate Josh Zubler was sixth (17:05) and John Diggins was seventh (17:08) for the Falcons. In Division II, ECIC newcomer Starpoint won the race as Justin Weldon of the Spartans took first in 17:13. East Aurora cruised to the Division III title with three top-seven finishers led by winner Ryan O'Connor (17:14).

Among the girls, Lancaster had three runners among the top five but placed third behind Orchard Park and Clarence for the team title. Shannon Crane (19:03) and Julia Ruggiero (19:49) finished 1-2 for the Redskins, while the Quakers' top finisher was Jessica Nowak in 20:21. In Division II, medalist Mary Veith ran a 19:25 to help Lake Shore win the team title. East Aurora ran away with the Division III title, placing five among the top seven.

Niagara Frontier League: As expected, the Lockport boys dominated the meet held at Beaver Island State Park. The Lions, ranked No. 2 in New York State, took the top five places -- separated by only two seconds -- led by medalist senior Mark Russell (16:53). He was followed by teammates Brett Finnan (16:54), Lyle Tolly (16:54), John Haenle (16:54) and Patrick Russell (16:55).

On the girls side, Lew-Port's Sarah Baker won the race in 20:44, while Lockport placed four in the top eight to win the team title. Lockport's Kathleen Granchelli was second in 20:53, followed by teammates Kristin Prabucki (third, 21:35), Kelsey Fraser (sixth, 21:50) and Mary Rachel Robbins (eighth, 22:19).

Niagara-Orleans League: The Newfane boys and Albion girls won team titles at the event held at Lakeside Park. Jason Fischer of the Panthers placed first in the boys race in 17:40. Fawn Dorr of Akron was the girls winner in 20:26.

Girls tennis

State championships: Section VI singles champion Lauren Bates of Kenmore West won her first match but lost in the second round, leaving Section VI with no players still alive in the winner's bracket after the tournament's first day.

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