West Genny swimmers battle past F-M

One more large challenge awaited the West Genesee boys swim team before it set about to defend its Section III championship next weekend.

The Wildcats faced Fayetteville-Manlius Tuesday night at Nottingham's Max Newman Pool, the annual site for the sectional meet which the Hornets use for home meets.

With a relay sweep and plenty of individual titles to suffice, the WIldcats prevailed by a score of 99-83 for its 28th consecutive meet victory and the outright CNY Counties League regular-season title.

Of the three relays, none proved more thrilling than the opener, the 200 medley. Brendan Marks, Ben Seketa, Carson Elias and Ian Bushnell needed the entire length of the race to fend off F-M, winning in a time of 1:40.10, just 0.56 seconds ahead of the Hornets. Those were the two fastest Section III times of the season.

As a cap to the meet, Seketa, Marks and Elias joined Collin Zapisek as WG sped to a winning time of 3:23.98 in the 400 freestyle, again setting the sectional season mark, more than a second faster than Oswego's 3:25.02. in between, Andy McGlynn, Spencer Tingley, Matt O'Donnell and Jeff Hotaling prevailed in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:42.91.

Seketa continued to sweep through every individual event he entered. After notching a win in the 200 individual medley in 2:03.02, he went to the 500 freestyle and tore to victory in 4:49.33, breaking his own best time this winter - which was, again, tops in Section III.

Elias, meanwhile, won a terrific 50 freestyle duel with F-M's Jack Robinson, 22.95 seconds to 23.05, and O'Donnell prevailed in the 100 butterfly in 58 seconds flat. Joe Amedro emerged late in the meet to win the 100 backstroke in 1:06.8 and Josh Byrne ruled on the diving board with 242.90 points.

Elsewhere, Tyler Zapisek was second (1:56.83) and Louis Ciarla third in the 200 freestyle, as Jake Mullett (2:14.55) and Collin Zapisek finished behind Seketa in a 1-2-3 sweep of the top spots in the 200 IM. F-M, in defeat, did see Kevin Koh win the 200 freestyle (1:52.21) and 100 freestyle (49.37 seconds).

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