Murphy, Corlett break records at sectional swim meet

Liverpool finishes third in Class A behind West Genny, Oswego

As a whole, the Liverpool girls swim team could not match the depth provided by host West Genesee in Friday night's Section III Class A championship meet.

But the Warriors still made a big impact, winning four different races - two of them by Madeline Murphy as she smashed a pair of pool records in the process.

Also, Olivia Corlett set a school record in the 100-yard backstroke, and head coach Zac Mekker was honored as Class A Coach of the Year for his efforts throughout the season.

Murphy was named the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer, starting her conquest in the 50 freestyle. With a time of 23.86 seconds, Murphy broke her first pool mark, qualified for the Nov. 22-23 state meet at Ithaca College and beat the runner-up, Auburn's Brigid Cotter (25.46 seconds), by 1.6 seconds, a huge margin for a sprint race.

It was much the same in the 100 freestyle. Challenged by WG's Olivia Castro (who had already won the 200 freestyle in 1:57.61), Murphy went even quicker, touching the wall in 52.53 seconds to pocket another pool record, leaving Castro (53.35 seconds) in second place, though she also qualified for the state meet.

Not to be outdone, Corlett made her own history in this meet. In the 100 backstroke, Corlett edged WG's Brianna 1:00.11 to Smith's 1:01.11, and in doing so set a Liverpool school mark for that event, also earning a state meet berth.

Sydnie Sovinsky made her way to the win column in the 200 individual medley, as her clocking of 2:17.50 topped Oswego's Brooke Morrisseau (2:19.27) by 1.77 seconds, with Corlett finishing fourth in 2:24.10.

In the 100 butterfly, Sovinsky finished second to Morrisseau's Oswego teammate, Caitlin Gorton (58.26 seconds), but Sovinsky's time of 59.63 seconds helped her advance to the state meet, since the qualifying standard was 1:00.02.

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