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West Genny swimmers win Section III Class A title

Wildcats outpoint CBA with high finishes in every race

The West Genesee girls swim team after winning last Thursday’s Section III Class A championship. Front row, from left: assistant coach Emily Murphy, Kaityln Dunning, Shannon Cahalan, Sara Yagan, Erin Dowler, Ayla Yagan, Rebecca Bingham, Paige Donegan, Kim Pedrotti, Meg Gilheney, Sarah Hart, Brianna Smith, Olivia Castro, Becca Kanoza, Rachel Kavney, Jessie Brusa. Top row: Michaela Fisher, Jordan Donegan, Abby Uczen, Sinead Guy, Hannah Kanoza

The West Genesee girls swim team after winning last Thursday’s Section III Class A championship. Front row, from left: assistant coach Emily Murphy, Kaityln Dunning, Shannon Cahalan, Sara Yagan, Erin Dowler, Ayla Yagan, Rebecca Bingham, Paige Donegan, Kim Pedrotti, Meg Gilheney, Sarah Hart, Brianna Smith, Olivia Castro, Becca Kanoza, Rachel Kavney, Jessie Brusa. Top row: Michaela Fisher, Jordan Donegan, Abby Uczen, Sinead Guy, Hannah Kanoza

— To cap off another tremendous season, the West Genesee girls swim team lay claim to the Section III Class A championship Thursday at Nottingham High School.

Among the field of 11 entrants, the Wildcats accumulated 375.5 points, beating out OHSL regular-season champion Christian Brothers Academy, who was second with 322 points. Liverpool (255 points) edged out Baldwinsville (241 points) for third place.

In every single event, WG put together a top finish, none better than Olivia Castro going to the 100-yard freestyle and, in 53.76 seconds, edging out Auburn’s MaryJane Leja (53.86) and Liverpool’s Madeline Murphy (53.89) for the victory. Castro also was second in the 200 freestyle in 1:58.70.

Kim Pedrotti worked her way to second place in the 100 breaststroke in 1:09.06, and also took third in the 500 freestyle in 5:21.60. Brianna Smith got second place in the 100 backstroke in a time of 1:02.39 and added a fifth (26.33 seconds) in the 50 freestyle.

Shannon Cahalan took third in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.52 and fourth in the 100 backstroke (1:06.50) behind Smith. Erin Dowler needed 2:27.03 for fifth place in the 200 individual medley, with Abby Mullett fifth in the 100 butterfly in 1:07.46 and Sinead Guy fifth in the 100 freestyle (58.33 seconds) behind Castro.

WG contended in every relay, too. Smith, Pedrotti, Jessie Brusa and Gianna Branca swam the 200 individual medley in 1:56.34, second to CBA (1:54.29), while Castro and Branca helped Sinead Guy and Becca Kanoza get third place in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.53. Kanoza, Guy, Smith and Pedrotti claimed third in the 400 freestyle relay with a clocking of 3:55.91.

Not only did the team prevail, but head coach Bob Marks earned Coach of the Year honors as WG had an undefeated run through the CNY Counties League this fall.

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