Liverpool swimmers reign at Class A sectionals

Clarke breaks sectional record in 100 breaststroke

Then, in the 100 backstroke, Burdo took the best shot of Auburn's Collin Mitchell and still prevailed, finishing in 54.55 seconds to Clarke's 55.49.

Hens was victorious in the 50 freestyle, taking just 22.35 seconds to edge past Syracuse's Liam Bartlett (22.44) and Auburn's Collin Mitchell (22.76) in the shortest sprint.

To close it out, Liverpool swam the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 3:15.13 as the quartet of Hens, Burdo, Clarke and Drew Henry pulled away from West Genesee (3:17.84) and CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt (3:20.62) for yet another victory.

This group, joined by Class A diving champion Dan Roche, Nick Matthews and Joe Whaley, would make their way to Hamilton College Saturday in pursuit of the George Falwell Cup, which it has not won since 2006.

That seven-year drought would end as Liverpool picked up 352 points, roaring past the field as Watertown, again, settled for second place with 275 points and West Genesee (213 points) was third.

Not content with his sectional record and All-American status, Clarke bettered both in the 100 breaststroke final,lowering his time to 56.52 seconds to beat Netto by 1.68 seconds. Connor Thiel, in 1:03.10, took fifth place as Clarke again found his way to second place (1:59.82) in the 200 IM, where Thiel finished eighth.

Again, Burdo would prevail in two races. In the 100 freestyle, he beat Hens, 48.08 seconds to 49.35, with Henry (50.73 seconds) in sixth place. Then came the 100 backstroke, where Burdo would hold off Mitchell, winning in 54.19 seconds to Mitchell's 54.91 as Marc Alessi (59.33 seconds) was eighth.

The day started with Clark, Burdo, Hens and Troy Miller covering the 200 medley relay in 1:37.95 to beat Watertown's time of 1:39.23. And it ended with a 400 freestyle relay triumph as Henry, Clarke, Burdo and Hens improved to 3:14.63 to fend off a great effort from West Genesee (3:16.12), who took the runner-up spot.

Roche would pick up 451.9 points on the diving board, while Matthews finished fourth (401.7 points) and Whaley (343.75 points) gained eighth place, further adding to the Warriors' point total. Liverpool's quartet of Miller, Matt Petit, Liam Henry and Drew Henry finished sixth (1:34.09) in the 200 freestyle relay.

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