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Frontier's Patrum joins familiar faces atop podium; Freestyle standout sets two pool records

In a meet dominated by familiar faces, Frontier senior Willy Patrum brought some new blood to the winner's circle.

The former STAR Swimming Club standout won both the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events in pool-record times to highlight action at the Section VI Boys Swimming Championships held before an estimated 400 at Clarence High School on Saturday. All sectional winners and others with qualifying times recorded throughout the season advance to the state championship meet March 2-3 at Erie Community College's Flickinger Center.

Patrum broke a 32-year-old pool mark in the 200 free, touching the wall in 1 minute, 43.76 seconds. In the 500 free, Patrum broke the pool record he had set in Friday's preliminary race with a winning time of 4:38.46. As a freshman, the only other season Patrum has raced as a member of the Falcons, he finished fourth in the 500 free.

"This is a different experience because club swimming is not as energetic and exciting," said Patrum, who has set five school records this season. "This is a lot more about being with your team. The guys are great and it's been a lot of fun. I'm glad I came back."

Jamestown senior Andrew Marsh also set a pair of pool records en route to winning the 100 butterfly and 100 back. In the 100 fly, Marsh swam a 50.79 and followed that with a 51.93 to repeat as 100 back champion.

"The goal was to win both events I entered because these are the two races I'm doing at states," he said. "I'm very happy with both swims. The fly was my best time ever. I had a lot of fun with this meet."

Starpoint senior Matt Schutt also brought home two titles, winning the 50 free and 100 breast. He led from start to finish in the 50 free (21.73) and set a pool record (57.99) in repeating as 100 breast champion. That record was set Friday by second-place finisher Kevin Kreher of Clarence.

"All I was thinking was swim faster," Schutt said. "Kevin and I are good friends outside of the pool, so to have friendly competition like that is nice. But I don't like to lose, so I had to come back and take my title back. I couldn't ask for a better performance. I dropped time in all my events. It was an amazing meet."

Orchard Park senior Andrew Duszynski rounded out the double winners, taking first in the 200 individual medley and 100 free. His time of 1:57.90 was more than three seconds better than second place in the 200 IM, an event he also won in 2011. He won the 100 free in 48.51.

"The 200 IM probably meant a little more to me because I was defending, but the 100 free was neat because it's kind of off my course of events and it shows that I can do something a little different," Duszynski said.

The host Red Devils swept all three relays, beginning with the 200 medley as the quartet of Nick Hook, Kreher, Mike Le and Ryan Saenger edged out Starpoint with a time of 1:38.47. That same foursome won the 200 free relay in 1:28.05. Lockport was second. Then in the 400 free relay, Phil Nanula, Saenger, Hook and Kreher set a pool record (3:14.99) as it again clipped Starpoint.

"We always seem to do really well in the relays," Clarence coach Eric McClaren said. "The kids get emotional for it."