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WG, Westhill swimmers both stand out at sectional meet

Swimmers from West Genesee and Westhill/Corcoran would find a fair amount of success during last week's Section III championships at Nottingham High School.

For the Wildcats, Kim Pedrotti stood out, qualifying for two different events at the Nov. 19-20 state championships at Buffalo's Erie Community College and making some history along the way.

In the 500-yard freestyle during Saturday's overall sectional final, Pedrotti's time of 5:21.14 set a new WG school record as she took second behind CBA's Ruthie Speidel. Pedrotti also finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke in a state-qualifying time of 1:08.84.

For the Warriors, Lauren Perry won the 50 freestyle, finishing in 24.42 seconds, 0.25 seconds ahead of another CBA swimmer, Maggie Fletcher. Perry also came close to winning the 100 freestyle, her time of 52.79 seconds just behind Liverpool's Becky Evangelista (52.71).

And in the diving competition, Westhill/Corcoran's Imani Williams took the top spot, using a new dive to work her way to 448.70 points, beating Sylvia Ross (422.90 points) and the rest of the field.

WG finished fifth in the 200 medley relay as Pedrotti, Olivia Castro, Brianna Smith and Emily Kanoza got a time of 1:57.59, just ahead of the Warriors as Lauren Perry, Rachel Perry, Williams and Maura Fleming took sixth in 1:58.17. Rachel Perry, on her own, got fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2:20.22.

Two days earlier, in the Class A portion of the sectional meet, WG finished fourth with 232 points and Westhill/Corcoran (154 points) earned the seventh spot.

Lauren Perry's of 24.67 seconds in the 50 freestyle was enough to hold off Auburn's Maryjane Leja (24.93 seconds) and the rest of the field. In the 100 freestyle, Perry was second, in 53.40 seconds, again behind Evangelista.

Williams first won last Wednesday's sectional Class A diving competiton. Her total of 407.25 points was enough to hold off Amy Bright (Fayetteville-Manlius), who was second with 395.30 points. Stacie DeCarr (Cicero-North Syracuse) was third with 379.10 points.

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