CBA swimmers dominate sectional meet

Wherever one turned in the pool during the Section III girls swimming championship meets at Nottingham High School, there was a competitor from Christian Brothers Academy doing something great.

Without question, the Brothers took complete ownership of the sectional meet, distancing itself from Fayetteville-Manlius and the rest of the pack in the team standings and qualifying 11 swimmers for the Nov. 20-21 state meet at Webster Schroeder High School near Rochester.

First, CBA claimed the Class A team crown on Thursday night, with 507 points to F-M's total of 268 points. It included wins in both the 200 freestyle (1:42.17) and 400 freestyle (3:46.67) relays and a sweep of the top three positions in the 200 freestyle by Maggie Fletcher, Ruthie Speidel and Destiny Cerlanek.

As if that wasn't enough, CBA went first (Summer Schmitt), third (Zoe McCauley) and fourth (Cerlanek) in the 100 butterfly, while Kathryn Coughlin (1:08.07) and Michelle Damico (1:09.42) go 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke.

That set the table for Saturday's overall sectional final, where the Brothers and Hornets both put up some fine performances.

To start it, Schmitt, Coughlin, Cerlanek and Aubrey Letourneau sped to a time of 1:51.24 in the 200 medley relay. F-M also qualified for the state meet as Hadley Cameron-Carter, Melissa James, Alex Murphy and Delaney Pfohl took second place in 1:53.57.

Then Fletcher and Speidel went 1-2 in the 200 freestyle, Fletcher prevailing in 1:59.48, just ahead of Speidel (2:00.15) as McCauley (2:01.52) claimed fourth place and Cerlanek took fifth. Coughlin was second in the 200 individual medley (2:17.84) as F-M teammates James and Pfohl were third and fourth, respectively.

CBA's Juliette Wetzel was second in the 50 freestyle in 25.32 seconds, and Emily Wanamaker took the same spot in diving with 416.65 points, also qualifying for the state meet. Then it was another 1-2 finish, Schmitt winning the 100 butterfly in 59.89 seconds and McCauley getting second place in 1:02.16.

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