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Zapisek zooms to pair of sectional swim titles

WG standout tops field in 200, 500 freestyle

During the 200 medley relay, that same quartet – Zapisek, Mullett, O’Donnell and Whiting – took third place in 1:39.62, not far behind Liverpool’s winning time of 1:37.90, with Watertown (1:38.60) second. Again, the Wildcats were fast enough (1:40.67 was the standard) to earn a state meet berth to join the Warriors and Cyclones.

When the top swimmers gathered Saturday at Hamilton for the state qualifier, WG, led again by Zapisek, picked up 212 points, again third behind Liverpool (352 points) and Watertown (275 points0.

In the 200 freestyle, Zapisek was a bit slower, at 1:44.38, but still prevailed over Speidel (1:47.35) by nearly three seconds. And in the 500 freestyle, Zapisek nearly matched his time of two days before, winning in 4:46.76 as Matt Leverich (Skaneateles) was second in 4:53.90.

O'Donnell earned a berth in the state meet when he finished second in the 100 butterfly in 53.41 seconds behind Speidel (51.75) as Whiting was fifth in 55.01 seconds. O'Donnell also got sixth in the 100 backstroke (58.23 seconds) as Mullett took third place in the 200 IM (2:02.71) and also was third (1:01.20) in the 100 breaststroke.

Whiting, Mullett, O'Donnell and Zapisek again were quick in the 400 freestyle relay, improving by more than a second, to 3:16.12, but still finishing second to Liverpool (3:14.63). That same quartet did a bit better in the 200 medley relay than on Thursday, finishing in 1:39.37 for third place, just behind Watertown (1:39.23) as, again, Liverpool (1:37.95) was in front.

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