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Skaneateles girls varsity swim team record holders add the last letter at spring ceremony

Five members of the Skaneateles girls varsity swim team celebrated new team records they set this year in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, at the YMCA pool. Pictured from left to right are Kaela Fiutak, Haley Buchholz, Nikki Cole, Emily Wirth and Rachael DeWitt.

Five members of the Skaneateles girls varsity swim team celebrated new team records they set this year in a brief ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, at the YMCA pool. Pictured from left to right are Kaela Fiutak, Haley Buchholz, Nikki Cole, Emily Wirth and Rachael DeWitt. Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Five members of the Skaneateles girls varsity swimming and diving team met at the YMCA pool on Tuesday, March 20, to officially mark the team records they accomplished during this year’s season. Each of the athletes climbed a ladder to place the last letter of their last names next to their records on the Lakers swimming team record board.

“It’s a tradition for us to have the girls come and put up their last letter themselves in the spring,” said team coach Jill King. “This is a perfect ending to a great season.”

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High school junior Emily Wirth places the last letter of her last name on the record board in what has beocme a swim team end-of-year tradition to celebrate new team records. Wirth was a member of the team’s record-setting 200-meter medley relay team, along with Haley Buchholz, Nikki Cole and Rachael DeWitt.

The Lakers had an exceptional season in 2011, winning their third consecutive Section III Class C championship (and their sixth in nine years), diver Kaela Fiutak competed in the state competition (the first Skaneateles diver ever to do so), and Coach Jill King was named Section III coach of the year by her peers (for the second time).

Team members also set six new school records this year, five by individuals and one team relay. With the 2011 records added, the swim team’s record board now has two records by Kaela Fiutak, four records by Nikki Cole, and six by Rachel DeWitt.

“Nobody’s ever had six records before,” King said of DeWitt’s achievement.

This year, DeWitt set records in the 100-meter back stroke and as part of the 200-meter medley relay team. She already had records in the 200-meter individual medley, 500-meter freestyle, 200-meter free relay and 400-meter free relay.

Senior Kaela Fiutak set two records this year for 1-meter diving: six dives and 11 dives.

Junior Nikki Cole came close to DeWitt’s omnispresence on the records board with five of her own, including two this year: one for the 100-meter breast stroke and as part of the 200-meter medley relay team. Cole already has records in the 100-meter butterfly, as a member of the 400-meter free relay, 200-meter free relay and 200-meter medley relay teams.

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