Liverpool's boys swim team pushed West Genesee hard and nearly grabbed the top spot in Friday's Section III Class A championship meet at Nottingham High School.
The Warriors finished with 324.50 points, topping everyone except the Wildcats, who held on to the top spot with 341 points. Fayetteville-Manlius (245 points) was third.
Cory Spado led Liverpool's efforts. He qualified for the March 4-5 state meet at Nassau Aquatic Center on Long Island, nearly winning the 200 individual medley as, in a time of 1:59.78, he was second to F-M's Jack Robinson (1:59.46).
Also, Spado reached the state meet in the 100 butterfly, speeding to third place in 52.82 seconds behind F-M's Kevin Koh (52.02) and West Genesee's Carson Elias (52.47). Alex Perfitt did the same in the 100 backstroke when he finished fourth in 55.88 seconds, beating the state qualifying standard by 0.03 seconds.
Twice, the Warriors qualified for the state meet in relay events. In the 400 freestyle relay, Jake Burns, Drew Henry, Dan Hens and Shane Donovan tore to a time of 3:17.23, second only to Oswego, who won in 3:16.40.
In the 200 medley relay, the Warriors' quartet of Spado, Perfitt, Burns and Phil MacLeod worked their way to a time of 1:40.16, good for third place - and beating the state qualifying standard by more than a second.
On his own, Donovan rose to fourth place in the 500 freestyle in 5:02.30, with teammate Nick Hens seventh in 5:17.28 as Dan Hens was eighth and Steve Rogers 10th. Donovan also took sixth in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.97.
Liverpool also had three top-10 finishes in the 100 breaststroke, where Burns was fifth in 1:04.46, just ahead of Garrett Clarke in sixth (1:04.54) as Brian Alsever was 10th in 1:06.88.
Perfitt tied for sixth in the 100 freestyle in 49.81 seconds, with MacLeod eighth in 50.28 seconds after he got seventh in the 50 freestyle in 22.78 seconds. Perfitt, MacLeod, Donovan and Spado rose to fifth in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:34.16. Brandon Frush was ninth in the 100 backstroke.