Clarence, EA swim big
Clarence won its sixth consecutive large school title to highlight many impressive performances at the ECIC Girls Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday.
The Red Devils scored 422 points to outdistance runner-up Orchard Park with 327. “They didn’t think we’d be back like this; we just have so much depth,” said Clarence coach Joe Zwierzchowski, whose team graduated a ton from a year ago.
Among top individual swimmers, Lancaster sophomore Kristen Romano won the 100 backstroke in 55.99, breaking the Section VI record of 56.45 held by Andrea Lehner of Orchard Park. Romano also won the 200 IM.
Clarence won the 200 medley relay in a section-best 1:51.69, fast enough to qualify for the state meet. The foursome included Maddy Jacumski, Dorotka Tou, Celia Kottakis and her sister Anna Kottakis. Clarence also qualified its 400 relay for states. Tou took the 100 breaststroke in a section-best 1:06.58.
Orchard Park won four events. Morgan Wellenzohn dominated the diving, scoring 477.85, a 90-point margin over the next closest diver. The Quakers also won the 200 free relay (1:40.86) and 400 free relay (3:39.32), both in state cuts with Katrina Wardner, Hannah Rauch, Olivia Sapio and Andrea Ernst. Ernst also won the 100 free.
Senior Rebecca Winnert of Williamsville South was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer among large schools. She won the 200 free in 1:54.98.
Winnert also won the 500 free in 5:12.99, to make the state cut. Senior Julianna Sebastian of Wmsv. North came from far behind in the 500 to finish a close second in 5:13.17, also making the state cut.
East Aurora won the ECIC Small School title with 406 points. Runner-up up Eden had 310. The Blue Devils hit three state cut times and won nine of 12 events.
Tess Minigell from Amherst was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer among small schools. She won both the 200 free and 500 free.
Sydney Atendido of EA won two individual events (200 IM, 100 breast) and was on two winning relays (200 medley, 200 free relay).
EA won the 200 medley relay in 1:51.86 to hit the state cut led by Shelby MacSwan, Atendido, Mary Zagrobelny and Emma Brinker. The winning 200 free relay included Atendido, Mary Dunbar, Molly Border and Brinker.
Like Atendido, MacSwan was a double winner, taking the 100 butterfly in a state cut 59.91 and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.05.
EA owns cross country
The East Aurora boys and girls won the overall team titles and individual titles at the ECIC Cross Country Championships on their home course.
The boys scored 46 points to better a field of 22 teams. Kenny Vasbinder of the Blue Devils won the race in 15:10.88. The girls tallied 49 points. The real race was for second as Sweet Home had 97 points to edge Williamsville North with 98. Sophia Tasselmyer won the race in 17:57.83. Aileen Doyle of Sweet Home was close behind in 18:01.50.
• The Lockport boys and girls took home team titles at the Niagara Frontier League Cross Country Championships on Grand Island. Anthony Hawthorne of Niagara Falls won the boys race in 16:47.5. Lockport’s top runner was second-place Connor Doran in 17:13.7.
Lockport went 1-2 in the girls race thanks to Abbey Lang in 19:12.6 and Hannah Kurbs in 19:48.6.
Hollins is tennis champ
Haley Hollins of Orchard Park was crowned the Section VI champion in girls tennis on Saturday at the Village Glen. Hollins beat Georgianna Gens of Fredonia in the final, 6-2, 6-3.
The doubles title went to Victoria VanEvery and Elizabeth Rowan of Southwestern as they defeated Kristen Zablonski and Lauren Karoglan of Orchard Park, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-3).
Canisius nets title
Trevor Gooch earned MVP as Canisius beat Lancaster, 25-19, 25-22, to win the Hamburg Boys Volleyball Tournament.
Griffin Schmit and Charlie Desmond were named all-tournament for the Crusaders. Also making the team was Cameron Bartus (West Seneca West), Zach Yerington (Hamburg), Tyler Witt (Lancaster) and Kenny Rudz (Lancaster).
• In what was an all-NFL final, North Tonawanda beat Grand Island, 25-23, 32-30, to win the 12th annual Grand Island Boys Volleyball Tournament. The Vikings had beaten North Tonawanda in both regular-season matches and also at their tournament, but this day belonged to the Jacks.