Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m.
Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 freestyle (24.11) and Fredonia senior Riley Drummond advanced in the 100 backstroke (56.34).
The 200 freestyle relay teams at East Aurora (1:38.31) and Iroquois (1:39.72) advanced, while so did Orchard Park’s 400 freestyle relay (3:38.68).
Drummond is the highest seeded among the Section VI competitors at fourth, .28 seconds behind V-Penfield sophomore Megan Deuel (56.06).
Pollock’s 200 IM time was good for sixth and is about four seconds behind the top seed. Her 100 breastroke is seeded ninth, about 2.5 seconds behind the fastest time.
All 10 swimmers in the 50 freestyle are within .88 seconds of each other. Brinker is seeded seventh and .62 seconds behind V-Penfield senior Toni Naccarella (23.49).
Mary Brinker teamed up with seniors Emma Brinker, Mary Dunbar and Shelby MacSwan in the 200 freestyle relay to place sixth in prelims, 1.15 seconds behind No. 1 V-Pittsford. Iroquois juniors Allison Lenda and Alexandra Wheeler, freshman Shelby Slachetka and senior Lauren Willitt are ninth heading into the final.
Orchard Park’s 400 freestyle relay squad of sophomore Sarah Conley, senior Marissa Carrig, junior Allison McCune and eighth-grader Isabella Mikulec was the 10th and final team to qualify for the championship heat. They’re 2.35 seconds behind No. 1 V-Victor/Bloomfield.
Iroquois, East Aurora and Sacred Heart earned spots in the consolation final in the 200 medley relay.
Starpoint freshman Allie Bashor is seeded second in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle and is one of four local girls who are in the 100 freestyle consolation. The other three are Mary Brinker, Clarence senior Anna Kottakis and Olean eighth-grader Alexis Trietley.
Williamsville East junior Jessica Shine advanced to the consolation final of the 100 butterfly.
Sacred Heart junior Abby Halsdorfer was the top Western New Yorker in the 500 freestyle field with a finish of 32nd in the prelims.
Three divers from Section VI placed in the top 40 of the diving finals, which were all completed on Friday.
Lockport seniors Julia LaRose (475.50) and Allie Norwood (472.4) finished 25th and 27th, respectively. Grand Island freshman Brooke Eichel (454.60) was 40th. The winner was junior Danielle Scarano of Section IX’s Newburgh with a 561.45.