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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

— When the action moved over to Saturday’s state qualifier, WG sought the overall sectional title. But it could only manage second place, with 241 points, as this time CBA relied on its individual stars to go to the top with 275 points.

In a 200 freestyle thriller, Castro posted a school-record time of 1:54.77, just behind CBA’s Maggie Fletcher, who won in 1:54.71, and she was also third in the 100 freestyle in 53.84 seconds.

Pedrotti would earn her own school record of 5:18.07 in the 500 freestyle, on her way to a second-place finish behind Fletcher (5:17.09), and though she improved in the 100 breaststroke to 1:08.74, CBA’s Kathryn Coughlin still beat her in 1:04.78.

Castro, Pedrotti, Brusa and Smith would earn a spot in the Nov. 19-20 state meet at Erie Community College in Buffalo when they swam the 200 medley relay in 1:53.43, second again to CBA (1:51.95).

Smith, on her own, was fifth in the 100 backstroke (1:01.60) as the Wildcats got fourth in the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.27) and sixth in the 400 freestyle relay.

Abby Uczen was 16th in diving with 287.90 points, earning a spot in Saturday’s qualifier, where she did a superb job, rising to sixth place with 330.3 points.

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