Liverpool The Liverpool boys swim team improved to 6-0 and captured its first CNYCL championship in seven years by winning nine of ten events and cruising to a 103-69 victory over Auburn on Thursday night.
Warriors head coach Mike Ferrell put the accomplishment into perspective.
“We have a great long legacy here and for these boys to bring the legacy back to the school is great," Ferrell said.
With a score of 331.05 points, Warriors diver Dan Roche smashed his own school record of 313.9 points and the previous Liverpool pool record, set in 1980.
“I actually didn't see it because I can't see,” Roche said pointing to his glasses, “but from the cheers I knew that I had. I was really excited because I had been looking forward to breaking it all year and it felt like I achieved my goal.”
Krista Furman, Roche’s diving coach, was equally thrilled with his performance.
“I was just so excited,” Furman said. “It's been his goal all year to break that pool record. It was a huge accomplishment.”
The dual meet’s result was never in doubt as the Warriors took 38 of the first 62 points before sending the only three competing divers to the board.
Liverpool's 200-yard freestyle relay team of Dan Hens, Garrett Clarke, Drew Henry and Nick Burdo turned in a time of 1:30.09, making the state championship cut by 0.03 seconds.
Liverpool swept the top three spots in both the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle races. Dan Hens (49.21 seconds) and Drew Henry (1:55.89) turned in personal season best times in winning the 100 and 200 freestyle events, respectively.
Nick Burdo and Hens finished 1-2 in the 50 freestyle, Burdo (22.17 seconds) out-touching his teammate by 0.35 seconds. Burdo also scored a season-best time of 56.01 seconds as he took first place in the 100 backstroke.