continued All this took place while concerns were raised over bulk heads at the Nottingham pool, which caused cuts in some competitors and forced the entire Class C meet on Friday to get moved to Rome Free Academy.
The bulk heads were fixed, and on Saturday the whole cast gathered again at Nottingham for the state qualifier, which also served as the overall sectional team championship.
This time around, the Wildcats would not finish on top. Though it edged CBA again, 235 points to 230, Jamesville-DeWitt topped them both and won with 264 points.
Still, Castro would win again, improving her 200 freestyle time to 1:56.74 to hold off Elliott (1:58.63) again, and following it up with a third-place finish in the 100 freestyle in 53.38 seconds, also qualifying for the state meet in that event.
Cahalan claimed fourth place in the 100 butterfly (1:03.10), while Smith took fourth in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.91 and Dowler was sixth (1:11.31) in the 100 breaststroke.
On the relay side, the Wildcats rose to second place in the 400 freestyle event, where Smith, Castro, Dunning and Kanoza improved to 3:41.08, but still trailed Auburn, who won in 3:39.33. Dowler, Brusa, Cahalan and Smith were third in the 200 medley relay in 1:52.60, while WG earned sixth (1:46.11) in the 200 freestyle relay behind Cahalan, Dunning, Guy and Lee.
Castro will now represent the Wildcats, and Section III, when the state championship meet takes place Nov. 17-18 at Ithaca College.