J-D girls swimmers win Class B sectional title

Coyne sisters, Hair, Schultz key Red Rams' efforts

First the Coyne sisters took their turns gathering up race victories. Then Molly Hair and Hayley Schultz made their decisive moves.

Put it all together, and it meant that the Jamesville-DeWitt girls swim team would hold off host New Hartford and earn first place in Friday night's Section III Class B championship meet, the start of a glorious weekend on the Red Rams’ part.

Every bit of the main quartet's efforts, plus plenty of help, was needed for the Red Rams to pick up 546 points and beat the Spartans, who earned 481 points to take second place.

J-D got to the lead right from the start, in the 200 medley relay. Kalie and Alden Coyne, joined by Schultz and Sophia Farchione, recorded a time of one minutes, 50.91 seconds that qualified them for the Nov. 22-23 state meet at Ithaca College and beat New Hartford (1:59 flat) by more than eight seconds.

Then the Coyne sisters went to work on an individual basis. Kalie Coyne dominated the 200 individual medley, prevailing in a state-qualifying 2:11.26, nearly seven seconds ahead of the field, and also won the 100 butterfly as, with a time of 59.58 seconds, Kalie was the only competitor to break the one-minute mark, again going fast enough for a berth in the state meet.

Alden Coyne took her turn in the sprints, joining Kate Salvo for a 1-2 finish in the 50 freestyle as Coyne won in 24.96 seconds and Salvo (25.74 seconds) took runner-up honors. Then the same thing happened in the 100 freestyle as, in 54.30 seconds, Alden clinched a state meet berth and Salvo gained second place in 55.80 seconds.

Hair did not race until the 200 freestyle relay, when she paired up with Salvo and the Coyne sisters for yet another J-D victory in 1:40.31, again beating the state meet qualifying standard and topping New Hartford (1:47.10) by nearly seven seconds.

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