On a night ruled by first-time champions, Olean sophomore Alexis Trietley remained the dominant force at the Section VI girls swimming championships.
The Olean sophomore won the sectional title in the 100-yard freestyle for a third straight year, finishing in 52.10, and repeated as the 200-freestyle champion with a time of 1:53.10.
Last season, as a freshman, Trietley overcame an early-season shoulder injury to record a pair of school-record setting swims at the sectional championships. This year, she repeated that effort and said she is feeling healthy and focused on the state championships Nov. 22-23 at Ithaca College.
“I’m excited to swim at states and see how I can do there,” she said. “I think last year I had a better sectional meet than I did at states, but this year I’m really going to take a different approach to preparing for the state meet.”
Olean coach Dan Brown said Trietley has broken 18 records this season between team and pool marks.
“We’re setting the stage for states … and she’ll get ready to hopefully have an outstanding meet,” Brown said.
Joining Trietley as a two-time individual champion was Eden eighth-grader Elle Noecker, who earned her first sectional titles, winning in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke. Meanwhile, East Aurora won two relays and Orchard Park recorded nine top 3 individual finishes. Meet winners and qualifiers will next head to the state championships.
Noecker will make her first appearance at states after winning the 200 IM in 2:09.50 and despite being fatigued due to swimming in a relay the race prior, earning the 100 backstroke title in 58.09.
“I had a really good experience,” Noecker said. “My goals were to drop time and swim as well as I can and hope to finish first.”
Eden coach Shana Cole said thanks to Noecker’s positivity and work ethic she’s been able to qualify for states in four events.
“She’s very humble about it,” Cole said. “At our class meet, other kids were coming up to her and introducing themselves to her, because they thought she was the real deal.”
Orchard Park senior Sarah Conley may have had the most impressive run of all of the first-time individual sectional champions as she came from the eighth seed to win a 100 butterfly title in 58.84, bettering her seed time by more than three seconds. She said it wasn’t an event she prioritized during the season. Conley has qualified for states this season in five individual events and will be making her fourth trip there.
“I only swam the event once or twice this year, but it was really fun to go out and go best time,” she said. “I really wanted to get the state cut but I didn’t think I’d go as fast as I did.”
Conley nearly pulled off the same feat as the eighth seed in the 100 backstroke, finishing just behind Noecker with a 58.90.
Frontier senior Kya Pawli earned her first title with a 5:05.59 in the 500 freestyle. In addition, Pawli finished third in the 100 backstroke (1:00.63). She has also qualified for states in five events.
Also winning their first individual titles were Southwestern junior Natalie Forsberg in the 50 freestyle with a 24.66 and Fredonia sophomore Victoria Spacciapolli in the 100 breaststroke with a 1:07.28.
East Aurora’s 200 medley relay of Caroline Kloc, Bridget Zagrobelny, Jessica Drozdowski and Mary Brinker earned a title in 1:52.72. East Aurora also won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:41.38 as Brinker and Bridget Zagrobelny were joined by Katherine Chugh and Erin Zagrobelny, a seventh grader.
Starpoint won the 400 freestyle relay, as Ashleigh Cottrell, Julia Maslanka, Allie Bashor and Allison Smith turned in a swim of 3:40.84.
Also of note, Isabella Mikulec, an Orchard Park sophomore, finished second in the 100 butterfly in 59.01 and third in the 50 freestyle (24.96), while senior teammate Julie Filipski took second in the 200 IM with a 2:13.31 and third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.46).
“Orchard Park just absolutely killed it tonight,” Conley said. “We had so many state qualifiers. Everyone is just doing really well and looking forward to states.”
After finishing as the runner-up at sectionals last year, Hamburg senior Elizabeth Tripp ran away with the diving title with 455.85 points, winning by more than 30 points.