Section 9 boys swimming preliminary notes

Valley Central hosted the preliminary round of the Section 9 boys swimming and diving championships on Thursday night. I’ll be covering the diving on Friday and the swimming finals on Saturday (check out @THR_Montgomery for live updates) but here are a few quick thoughts on the prelim round.

200 medley relay

Monroe-Woodbury will hold the top seed, clocking in at 1:39.34 on Thursday, but Pine Bush, Minisink Valley and Newburgh Free Academy also had state meet-qualifying times in the prelim round. Those top four relay teams are all within one second of each other…so it’s still anybody’s game in the finals. (Minisink and Monroe-Woodbury had state meet times at the OCIAA championships).

200 freestyle

NFA’s Juan Peticco will be the top seed, placing first in 1:48.00, just 0.40 seconds off the state meet time. Pine Bush’s Eian McKeon and Marlboro-Highland-FDR’s Rhett Burns are close behind.

200 individual medley

Monroe-Woodbury’s John Wadsworth shaved about two seconds off his OCIAA championship time to make the state cut in prelims. New Paltz’s Seamus Trzewik-Quinn is about one and a half seconds off the pace.

50 freestyle

We have three new state meet swimmers, as Pine Bush’s Ryan Lee, NFA’s Josh Bryant and Minisink Valley’s Michael Flaherty all beat the state meet time in prelims. The splash-and-dash nature of this race leaves the top eight all within one second of one another, so this should be an exciting race on Saturday.

100 butterfly

Lee wasn’t done with the 50 freestyle, as he also clocked a state meet time, placing second in the 100 fly. Washingtonville senior Leo LaPorte took first place in the prelims in 52.44. LaPorte is exactly one second away from the Section 9 record, set in 1991 by Newburgh’s Erik Marchitell.

100 freestyle

Newburgh’s Josh Bryant also reached the state meet in a second event, taking first in the 100 free in a state meet time of 48.50. Pine Bush’s McKeon was second at 49.08.

500 freestyle

No state qualifiers in the prelims, but Marlboro-Highland-FDR’s Rhett Burns was first in 4:53.69. He’ll need another 1.17 seconds to make the state cut on Saturday.

200 freestyle relay

Pine Bush missed a state meet cut by a fraction of a second, winning at the OCIAA championships, but the Bushmen punched their tickets to states tonight with a time of 1:29.41. Monroe-Woodbury, second in 1:30.05, also qualified for the state meet.

100 backstroke

New Paltz’s Seamus Trzewik-Quinn placed first with a state meet cut time of 54.63. It’s not his fastest time of the season, however. He had a state meet time of 53.29 in the season-opening meet in December.

100 breaststroke

Monroe-Woodbury went 1-2-3 in the breaststroke at Counties and the Crusaders still did well in the prelims, taking spots 1-3-5 with Shane Treanor, John Wadsworth and Andrew Choi, respectively. Rhinebeck’s Elias Econopouly, second at 1:00.22, and Cornwall’s Benjamin Vondrak, fourth in 1:00.68, join the Monroe-Woodbury trio with state meet cuts. NFA’s Aleksey Makarov was sixth in 1:01.79, just 0.59 seconds off the state meet time.

400 freestyle relay

Monroe-Woodbury won a second relay event in prelims, clocking in at 3:18.97. The Crusaders are one tenth of one second away from the state meet cut. Newburgh, Minisink Valley and Middletown rounded out the top four.

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