Boys’ swimming: A look ahead at the second half

I caught up with the Minisink Valley swim team on Tuesday after its meet at Middletown. Check out the video above – and the story in Thursday’s Times Herald-Record – about how the Warriors used their 20-day break between meets to gear up for the second half of the season. Here’s the link to the story.

Thursday update: Warwick senior diver Nick Rusek set a Section 9 six-dive record with a score of 343.40 on Wednesday afternoon. Washingtonville’s Jacob Kahn held the previous record, 338.90, since 2004.

I had caught up with Rusek for our season preview page, where he talked about having his sights set on the Section 9 11-dive record as well. Chris Blackwell, who’s now Pine Bush’s diving coach, set that mark at 548.75 in 1992. Rusek nearly broke that with a score of 541.95 in the 2013 OCIAA championships. He’ll have a few more chances in 11-dive meets coming up this year, so keep that number in mind.

I was curious to see how the second half might play out, so I did the math. Using the midseason report available on Section9swim.com, I went through and tried to pick the top 16 individuals for each event. It’s an imperfect science, since I limited individuals to two events, but they may wind up swimming different events at the upcoming championship meets. So that may change the scoring a bit. Of course, we’re only halfway through the season, so some swimmers are bound to drop a bunch of time, which will also scramble the points.

Anyway, this is a best guess as to how a championship meet would pan out given swimmers’ times through the first half of the season. Take it with a grain of salt, but I have Newburgh taking the team title with 301 points. NFA surges into the lead for good with a strong showing in the 500 freestyle, so I think that will be a key point in both the OCIAA and Section 9 championship meets.

Pine Bush (262 points) and Minisink Valley (256) will follow close behind with New Paltz, Monroe-Woodbury and Kingston also cracking the 200-point mark.

No matter what happens, these meets should be tightly contested and tons of fun. So stay tuned for more in the weeks to come. Check out the link below if you want to take a look at how I scored it out…or if you want to check my math.

Section 9 boys swimming championship meet predictions by Will Montgomery

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