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Sapio sets the pace for Orchard Park swimmers

Orchard Park and Clarence have been the powerhouses in ECIC I girls swimming in recent years. A victory by one over the other is always a cause for celebration.

The Quakers, behind the performance of Olivia Sapio, were doing the celebrating last week, as they handed Clarence a rare dual-meet loss.

Sapio won the 500 freestyle in a state qualifying time of 5:09.21 and the 200 individual medley in 2:09.51. She also was part of a 200-medley relay team that finished in 1:51.78, another state qualifying time. She’s a logical choice to be the Prep Talk Female Athlete of the Week.

Class: Senior

Events: Individual medley, backstroke, and butterfly

Twitter: @o_sap10

How was your week? “Our team was so excited to have been able to win for the second year in a row and remain undefeated. It was definitely a great experience for our team to share, especially for all of our freshmen!”

How has your season gone? “The season has been going really well. Our team has been doing extremely well and we are all super-excited to see what we can accomplish at ECICs, sectionals, and states this season.”

Qualified for state championships in …: “Our 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays and eight individual events: 200 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and 100 breaststroke.”

Section VI championships: Two-time Section VI champion in 200 and 400 freestyle relays, and in the 200 IM and 500 freestyle

ECIC individual event titles: 200 freestyle, 100 backstroke

Highlight of my athletic career: “Our 200 freestyle relay getting an All-American cut and second place at states last year.”

My favorite part of swimming: “Being able to train everyday with my teammates.”

My favorite teammate: “Isabel Sapio, Lizzie Blake, Leah Wardner”

Toughest opponent: “Katrina Wardner"

Pro/college athletes I admire: “Andrea Ernst"

When I’m not involved with my sport, I’m …: “Spending time with my family, friends, and teammates.”

From her coach, Bret Norvilitis: “Olivia has really grown into a leader this year. She has always been a great swimmer but she has learned how to lead, both in the water and out. That comes with maturity which I have really seen develop in her this season.”

What's ahead (athletics and/or academics)? “I plan to swim in college and possibly study accounting. I plan to go to either University at Pittsburgh, Bowling Green State University, University of Akron, or UB.”

Honor roll

Julia Kurowski, girls volleyball, Lancaster: Had 24 kills, four aces and just two errors during Lancaster's ECIC I win at Clarence, which was Clarence's first league loss since 2013 and the Legends' first win over Clarence in what is believed to be four years.

Kayla Neumann, girls soccer, Wilson: Scored 10 goals in three games, including four in a 4-3 overtime win over Akron.

Abby Stone, field hockey, Akron: Tallied three goals and two assists during a perfect week for the Niagara-Orleans champions.

Chantel Gauthier, field hockey, Iroquois: Scored two goals in Iroquois’ big win over Williamsville South.

Attention coaches

Coaches can submit nominations for athlete of the week by emailing sports@buffnews.com by Saturday night.

email: bbailey@buffnews.com

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