Pine Bush wins fifth straight Section 9 swim title; video

MONTGOMERY — Pine Bush made it one for the thumb Saturday afternoon.

The Bushmen won a fifth straight Section 9 boys’ swimming and diving championship at the Valley Central High School natatorium, continuing the tradition of throwing the coaches in the pool at the end of the meet.

Check out the video above for highlights and interviews.

I caught up with Pine Bush’s Paddy Thompson and Henry Eisloeffel.

Thompson was Pine Bush’s only individual event winner, prevailing in the 100 breaststroke.

Eisloeffel placed in two events and swam on the 200 medley relay team. He was also awarded the Anthony C. Quinn memorial scholarship.

I also have an interview with Minisink Valley senior James Crumm, who was named swimmer of the meet. His head coach, Brian Golden, earned Coach of the Year honors after leading Minisink Valley to a 12-1 regular season one year after winning a total of three dual meets.

Finally, I spoke with Cornwall senior Dylan Burns, who missed the state meet in the 50 freestyle by 0.12 seconds last year. This time around, he qualified for the 50 freestyle, the 100 freestyle and on Cornwall’s 200 freestyle relay team, clinching berths in all three during Friday’s preliminary rounds.

Warwick sophomore Nick Rusek, who won the diving title on Thursday, was named diver of the meet.

Pine Bush swimmer Tyler Alexander tackles coach Andy Britto into the pool after winning a fifth consecutive team title. The Section 9 boys' swimming championships were held at the Valley Central High School pool on Saturday February 16, 2013. (David Doonan photo/for the Times Herald-Record).

That’s it for high school swimming locally this school year. The state meet is in the Rochester suburbs on March 1 and 2. I’ll have something in the paper to preview the state meet in a few weeks. Until then, if you have any swimming news, feel free to send it my way on Twitter: @THR_Montgomery.

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