With its roster healthy again, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team went right after Liverpool in pursuit of the Section III Class A team championship, and while it did not quite get there, it still accomplished plenty.
In a Class A meet moved from Liverpool to West Genesee, and pushed back to Saturday by winter snows, CBA/J-D earned 374 points, beating everyone in the Class A field except the Warriors, who made it to the top spot with 416 points.
Kevin Potocki had missed CBA/J-D’s late-season meets due to the flu, including a Feb. 4 loss to Liverpool. Determined to show up and do something special, Potocki came through in the 100-yard butterfly, surprising Liverpool’s Nick Burdo, the favorite, as he won in 53.59 seconds to Burdo’s 54.12 second mark. Potocki was also third (2:07.07) in the 200 individual medley.
Corey Knapp was also victorious, going 48.76 seconds in the 100 freestyle to hold off Auburn’s Collin Mitchell (49.05 seconds) at the wall. He was also third in the 200 freestyle in 1:49.12 as West Genesee’s Collin Zapisek, named the meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmer, broke a 21-year-old poor record in 1:44.42.
Josh Lacey had a close-up view of Zapisek twice, first in the 200 freestyle, where he went 1:48.99, and then in the 500 freestyle, where in 4:54.05 Lacey still trailed Zapisek’s 4:44.14.
Twice, CBA/J-D finished second in relays. Knapp, Lacey, Potocki and Casey Sawyer swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:29.36, qualifying for the state championship meet, but just behind Liverpool, who won in 1:28.67.
That was the case again in the 400 freestyle relay, where that same quartet of Knapp, Lacey, Potocki and Sawyer went 3:18.06 to beat the state qualifying standard again, but also finish second again as Liverpool finished in 3:16.62.
A day later, the whole scene shifted to Hamilton College for the state qualifying meet, and despite the short turnover, the times got better on all fronts as CBA/J-D, with 309 points, again finished second to Liverpool (348) for the George Falwell Cup.