VIDEO: Minisink Valley tops New Paltz to clinch OCIAA Div. II title

SLATE HILL – Griffin Deutsch wasn’t afraid to admit it after Wednesday’s big meet. Before the season started, Minisink Valley’s junior captain thought New Paltz would “destroy” the Warriors.

Heading into the regular season finale against New Paltz, Deutsch was a bit more confident, but he wasn’t sure how Minisink Valley could pull out a win in a dual meet.

Yet in one event after another, Minisink Valley swimmers kept finding their way to the top of the leaderboard. Minisink Valley took first, second and third places in both the 100 and 200 freestyles, beating New Paltz 107-76.

Minisink Valley finished the regular season undefeated at 12-0 and for the first time in program history, clinched an OCIAA division title (Division II this season, as the OCIAA split back into a two-division format this season).

Check out the video above for some highlights from the meet as well as interviews with Minisink Valley swimmers. Look for the game story from the meet on

The Minisink Valley swimmers told me after the meet that the big win has opened their eyes to the possibility that they can contend for the team titles at the upcoming OCIAA and Section 9 championship meets. Still, head coach Brian Golden labeled New Paltz as the favorite. Don’t count out Pine Bush, winners of five straight OCIAA and Section 9 meet titles, who have been tailoring its season for competing in those events.

For the latest on high school swimming in Section 9, check out my Twitter feed: @THR_Montgomery.

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