CBA swimmers make mark at state meet

By the margin of less than a second, the Christian Brothers Academy girls swim team's 200-yard medley relay team missed a shot at a state championship.

Still, the Brothers, both on a team and individual basis, had a strong showing during the Nov. 19-20 state meet, held at Buffalo's Erie Community College.

In qualifying, CBA's quartet of Summer Schmitt, Lexy McCauley, Lauren Fletcher and Kathryn Coughlin tied Connequot (Section XI) for the low qualifying time of 1:47.64.

Then, in the finals, the Brothers improved to 1:47.11, but finished just behind Connetquot, who won in 1:41.63. Both teams earned All-American honors with those times.

Schmitt, on her own, earned a medal in the 100 butterfly, as she blazed her way to a third-place time of 56.75 seconds. Courtney Otto (West Seneca West) won in 55.43 seconds. Schmitt also got sixth in the 100 backstroke in 58.35 seconds and helped Fletcher, McCauley and Ruthie Speidel get third in the 400 freestyle relay in 3:38.32.

Coughlin got her chance to shine in the 100 breaststroke, and worked her way to fifth in a clocking of 1:05.34 to earn All-American consideration. Brooklyn Tech's Annie Zsu won in 1:02.74 as Fayetteville-Manlius' Melissa James (1:09.37) finished 23rd.

Fletcher was 11th in the 100 freestyle in 53.34 seconds and was 15th in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.27. Speidel was 16th in the 500 freestyle in 5:10.37 and helped Lexy McCauley, Zoe McCauley and Destiney Cerlanek post a time of 1:44.80 in the 200 freestyle relay.

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