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B'ville swimmers open, rout Nottingham

Baldwinsville's boys swim team had to wait a while to begin its 2010-11 season, as the snow hit the Bees' schedule the way it had so many others.

Twice, the Bees' possible opener - against Oswego Dec. 8, then Nottingham Dec. 15 - got snowed out, and several practices got nixed, too, making some wonder how B'ville would do once things cleared out.

Quite well, as it turned out, as the Bees finally got to host Nottingham last Monday and put together a 62-31 victory over the Bulldogs.

In the opening 200 medley relay, Dan Burke, Nate Menapace, Kyle Atkinson and Mike Tarsel tore to a victory in a time of 1:49.53, setting the tone for the rest of the meet.

Burke returned to get two more titles, as he swam the 200 individual medley in 2:09.33 and, in the 100 backstroke, earned first place in 56.99 seconds.

Tarsel gained back-to-back wins as he claimed first in the 100 freestyle in 53.02 seconds and beat the field in the 500 freestyle in 6:04.3. Menapace took the 100 butterfly (1:00.47), while John Bartlett earned first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.32.

B'ville then finished the meet in a spectacular manner as Burke, Menapace, Tarsel and David Didio got together and, in the 400 freestyle relay, won in 3:39.86.

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