Looking ahead to Monday’s Sec. 9 swim finals

After a few days of snow – well, it was still snowing on Saturday – the Section 9 boys’ swimming and diving championships finally got going at Valley Central.

First, let me take you through a little experiment. I decided to break down the prelim times from Saturday on the championship meet scoring scale, just to get an idea as to what might happen on Monday when the finals begin at 10:30 a.m. I know there are a million problems with looking at it this way, but it’s a starting point at least.

After tallying up all the points, New Paltz beat Minisink Valley for the team title, 328-326. And when you factor in that New Paltz’s Hudson Carroll DQ’d in the 100 backstroke today, that might add another 20 points to New Paltz’s total on Monday.

Of course, the Minisink swimmers could come back and have great days on Monday – or the New Paltz guys who swam great on Saturday could struggle. Either way, it looks like the race for the team title on Monday will come down to the wire. So, take it with a grain of salt, but had Saturday’s events been the finals instead of the prelims, it would have been a meet for the ages. We’ll see what happens on Monday.

Here are the final standings, as predicted by Saturday’s results.

New Paltz, 328

Minisink Valley, 326

Newburgh Free Academy, 232

Pine Bush, 231

Warwick, 213

Washingtonville, 211

Monroe-Woodbury, 208

Kingston, 199

Middletown, 111

Cornwall, 81

Valley Central, 70

Marlboro, 32

I also covered the diving portion of the event on Saturday morning. Check out the video below for highlights and interviews with winner Nick Rusek and runner-up Brady Gromoll. And look for their story in Sunday’s Times Herald-Record.

It was a big day for new state qualifiers as well. I’ve added swimmers/relay teams who made times today in the list below in red. If the just the time is red, that means the individual/relay team had previously qualified but had a season-best time today. If the number and name is all black, that means the relay/individual either didn’t compete in that event today or swam a slower time. Got it? Good.

Section 9’s automatic state meet qualifiers

200 medley relay

  • New Paltz (Emile Kuyl, Aodhan Fogarty, Hudson Carroll, Liam O’Donnell) 1:36.75.
  • Pine Bush (Ryan Lee, Paddy Thompson, Jake Borkowski, Brendin Thompson) 1:40.19.

200 freestyle

  • Charles Broe (NFA) 1:46.71

200 individual medley

  • Emile Kuyl (New Paltz) 1:57.85
  • Brendin Thompson (Pine Bush) 1:59.35

50 freestyle

  • Matthew Pfohl (Warwick) 21.94


  • Nick Rusek (Warwick) 512.25
  • Nick Fry (Newburgh Free Academy) 472.20

100 butterfly

  • Hudson Carroll (New Paltz) 52.25
  • Nick Rosario (Minisink Valley) 53.32
  • Ryan Lockhart (Monroe-Woodbury) 53.33

100 freestyle

  • Matthew Pfohl (Warwick) 48.35

500 freestyle

  • Charles Broe (NFA) 4:48.62

200 freestyle relay

  • Pine Bush (Paddy Thompson, Michael Adenaike, Jake Borkowski, Brendin Thompson) 1:29.95

100 backstroke

  • Hudson Carroll (New Paltz) 52.82
  • Emile Kuyl (New Paltz) 53.83
  • Jake Borkowski (Pine Bush) 54.44
  • Nicholas Gulitti (Kingston) 54.82

100 breaststroke

  • Brendin Thompson (Pine Bush) 1:00.34
  • Kaelan Quinn (Kingston) 1:00.79
  • Aodhan Fogarty (New Paltz) 1:01.01

400 freestyle relay

  • Minisink Valley (Nick Rosario, Zach Vreeland, Griffin Deutsch, Alex Pizzo) 3:16.91
  • Pine Bush (Paddy Thompson, Eian McKeon, Jake Borkowski, Brendin Thompson) 3:18.66

I’ll be covering the swim finals on Monday, so if you’re looking for live updates, check out my Twitter page: @THR_Montgomery.

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