West Genny swimmers set records, wins Class A title

Relay teams break two school marks; Castro takes 200 freestyle

— Given that it went through another undefeated regular season and dominated the CNY Counties League, the West Genesee girls swim team did not need any more advantages going into Friday's Section III Class A championship meet.

But the Wildcats got a big one by having the meet at its home pool, and energized by the familiar setting, WG easily outlasted its main rivals to earn a sectional title.

Overall, the Wildcats picked up 458 points, while Oswego settled for second place with 360 points. Liverpool, despite a superb individual effort from Madeline Murphy (who broke two pool records), finished third with 325 points.

Even though WG did not win the first event, the 200-yard medley relay, it still set a winning tone. Brianna Smith, Erin Dowler, Shannon Cahalan and Christina Lee broke the pool mark with a time of one minute, 54.52 seconds, only to see Oswego win that event in 1:52.39.

Right after that race, Olivia Castro gave the Wildcats its lone individual victory, covering the 200 freestyle in 1:57.61 to hold off the Buccaneers' Caitlin Gorton (1:58.83) for that top spot. They were the only sub-two-minute times of the race.

Castro would later qualify for the state meet in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 53.35 seconds, part of a big Wildcat point surge in that event as Becca Kanoza finished fourth, in 55.87 seconds, and Sinead Guy (56.13 seconds) gained fifth place.

As a closing flourish, Castro, Guy, Kanoza and Smith would dominate the 400 freestyle relay, setting yet another pool record with a winning time of 3:40.79, more than 13 seconds ahead of runner-up Oswego (3:53.98), and qualifying for the state meet.

WG enjoyed another big point surge in the 100 backstroke, where Smith, in a time of 1:01.11, finished second, just behind Liverpool's Olivia Corlett (1:00.91), while Cahalan made her way to third place in 1:03.42 and Kanoza, in 1:05.03, finished fifth.

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