CBA sweeps to sectional swimming titles

With stars like Summer Schmitt and Ruthie Speidel at the forefront, the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team again rolled to the top spot at the Section III championships, held last week at Nottingham High School.

Already with the Class A title in hand, the Brothers then earned the overall sectional crown on Saturday, earning 348 points as Fayetteville-Manlius finished second with 253 points. Jamesville-DeWitt was ninth with 102 points.

Summer Schmitt earned the Most Outstanding Swimmer prize at the sectional meet. All she did was claim first place in the 200 individual medley in 2:13.26, tear through the 100 backstroke in 59.33 seconds and help CBA win two different relays as she'll lead the sectional swimmers into the Nov. 19-20 state meet at Buffalo's Erie Community College.

In the 200 medley, Schmitt, along with Kathryn Coughlin, Lexy McCauley and Maggie Fletcher, won in a time of 1:49.83 as F-M's quartet of Melissa James, Delaney Pfohl, Hadley Cameron-Carter and Melissa James took second in 1:54.27.

And in the closing 400 freestyle relay, Schmitt, Fletcher, Ruthie Speidel and Zoe McCauley won in 3:39.94, more than six seconds ahead of runner-up Liverpool as the Hornets finished fifth.

On her own, Speidel knocked off a winning time of 5:08.76 in the 500 freestyle and took second in the 200 freestyle (1:56.10), while Fletcher was second in both the 50 freestyle (24.67 seconds) and 100 freestyle (53.21 seconds), advancing to the state meet in both events.

Coughlin emerged victorious in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.96, where James (1:08.32) was second.

James did help Cameron-Carter, Katie Pechacek and Stephanie Wilcoxen win the 200 freestyle relay as the Hornets finished in 1:41.71. And in the 100 butterfly, J-D's Kalie Coyne emerged with the victory, her time of 1:00.40 beating Zoe McCauley (1:00.69) and Lexi McCauley (1:02.71), who were second and third, respectively.

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