DeWitt On the strength of its depth Liverpool (8-0) wrapped up an undefeated boys swimming and diving season Wednesday night with a convincing 114-72 road win over CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt, who was the top team in the Onondaga High School League this winter.
Though coach Mike Ferrell thought his swimmers may have been overlooking the match-up with CBA/J-D in light of next week’s Section III tournament, the Warriors took three of the five point-winning spots in seven of the nine individual events, and placed first and third in all three relays.
“We had some good swims,” Ferrell said. ”And the team feels really good about getting through the season undefeated, so that’s kind of a big thing for us.”
Nick Burdo posted state-qualifying times of 48.81 seconds in the 100 freestyle and 1:46.94 in the 200 freestyle, and that 200 free time was the best in Section III this season.
The night’s closest finish belonged to two Liverpool teammates as Matt Petit made a roaring comeback on Troy Miller in the last length to win the 100 backstroke by 0.28 seconds with a time of 1:01.36.
“I didn’t keep a tally, but that’s pretty much what we’ve been doing,” Ferrell said of Liverpool’s depth. “While we swam a fairly strong lineup, there were still some things we moved around in order to see kids swim.”
Cole Speidel barely missed the state cut of 53.95 seconds in the 100 butterfly, touching in at 54.12 to give CBA/J-D its first first-place finish of the night.
Despite the lopsided loss, CBA/J-D swimmers posted personal season-best times in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, diving, 500 freestyle and 200 freestyle relay.
“You can’t complain about that,” CBA/J-D coach Bob Bewley said. “I told them coming in, ‘You’re looking at the Section III champs for this year.”
Warrior swimmers Al Abdel-Razzaq, Aaron Johnson and Lander Eicholzer overcame a slow first leg in the 400 freestyle relay to come from behind and beat CBA/J-D’s top team of Ben Katsarsky, Nicholas Harron, Connor Netti and Nick Street by nearly seven seconds. They finished in 3:46.96.