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Canton girls turn back Massena for Section 10 swim championsip repeat

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POTSDAM - While it may not have gone exactly according to plan, the 2013 Section 10 Championship Meet could not have gone any better for the Canton Central girls swim team on Saturday.

“We ran into a lot of tough competition today. The whole section swam well but in the end our depth pulled us through,” said coach Meg McGovern after the Lady Bears capped a second straight undefeated season by successfully defending its sectional crown at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall pool.

“This is just a great bunch of girls who work really hard and it shows. After winning sectionals last year, they were even more motivated to win it again,” she noted.

The Lady Bears, who fell behind early to a Massena Central squad that was determined to overcome a second-place showing in the regular season standings, trailed by 12 heading into the final three races before using a strong finishing to turn back the Lady Raiders 289-269.

“We definitely gave Canton a run for its money today,” noted Massena coach Beth Mock. “We just couldn’t match Canton’s depth, especially in the backstroke and breaststroke. We’re going to have to work on that for next year.”

“I’m just extremely proud of the way our girls swam,” she added.

Canton and Massena combined with OFA, which placed third with 179 points, to produce all the sectional winners at Saturday’s meet. Leading the way for the Lady Bears with two wins apiece were Macy Huntley and Angelina Domena. Huntley paced the 200IM in 2:34.11 then captured the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.54 while Domena dominated both of her races, shaving more than four seconds off her seed time in leading the 200 freestyle with a personal best time of 2:03.3 before shattering her personal best time in the 500 freestyle by nearly 17 seconds, finishing in 5:35.5.

The lone other dual medalist of the meet was OFA junior Susie Morrow, who captured the 100 freestyle with a personal best time of 58.89 seconds then led the 100 backstroke in 1:08.8.

“I’m proud of the way Susie swam this year. She worked extremely hard and she really prepared herself well for this meet,” noted OFA coach Ben Fleahman. “I’m very happy of the way our entire team swam today. We had a lot of personal bests. We only had 13 swimmers and for us to finish third means a lot for us.”

The other individual medalists of the meet were Massena’s senior Baylee Carroll, who won the 50 freestyle in a personal best time of 26.31 seconds, and Canton’s Dasha LaPoint, who paced the 100 butterfly in 1:08.54.

Carroll also placed third in the 100 freestyle and swam the anchor leg of the two winning relay efforts produced by the Lady Raiders. She helped set the tone for a potential upset by combining with Allison Dix, Abby Elman and Kalie Peets to open the meet by winning closely-contested 200 medley relay in a time of 2:06.27.

Carroll then teamed up with Sydney Lewis, Emma O’Connell and Emily Hurlbut to close the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay in 4:02.42.

The Canton quartet of Clare Olin, LaPoint, Domena and Huntley captured the 200 freestyle relay in 1:49.30. With that win, the Lady Bears cut the defict to Massena down to 12 points. They went on to outscore the Lady Raiders 54-16 over the course of the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke to turn the meet in their favor.

The Section 10 medalists qualified for the NYSPHSAA championship meet slated for November 22-23 at Ithaca College.

OFA FINISHES WELL

OFA’s strong showing began in he medley relay where: Morrow, Natalie Perrigo, Madi Bresett and Julia Mullin took third just .70 of a second off the lead. Perrigo, Hunter Shaver, Megan Mills and Chelsea Montroy took fourth in the 200 freestyle and Shaver, Morrow, Perrigo and Bresset took fourth in the 400 freestyle.

Mullin took second in the 100 butterfly and Perrigo took second in the 200 individual medley and fourth in the 100 Breaststroke. Other Lady Devils finishing their seasons with top 10 efforts were: Claire Dufore (9th 200 Fs, 10th 500 Fs), Chelsea Montroy (7th, 50 Free-100 Fs), Madi Bresett (6th 100 Butterfly) and Hunter Shaver (6th 100 Breaststroke).

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