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CBA/J-D swimmers thrive at sectional meets

Potocki, Lacey, Knapp all qualify for state championships

Lacey, in particular, got going in the 200 freestyle, as his time of 1:46.01, while second to Zapisek’s 1:44.43, still qualified him for the state meet. He also smashed through the state qualifying barrier in the 500 freestyle, going 4:45.86 to beat the standard by more than six seconds, though once again Zapisek prevailed, in 4:42.79.

Knapp improved to 48.01 seconds in the 100 freestyle, winning that event and joining his chasers, Auburn’s Collin Mitchell (48.27 seconds) and Holland Patent’s Barrett Celecki (48.74 seconds), as they all beat the state qualifying standard of 48.76 seconds.

Potocki could not match his 100 butterfly victory from the day before, settling for third place in 53.67 seconds behind Burdo (53.02 seconds), who edged out Auburn’s Nick Radell (53.03 seconds), while Potocki also got third place in the 200 IM in 2:02.32.

As for Sawyer, he roared to third place in the 50 freestyle in 22.53 seconds, and with Lacey, Knapp and Potocki, he helped CBA/J-D nearly catch Liverpool in the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:28.78, just behind the Warriors’ 1:28.20.

And it was just as close in the final race, the 400 freestyle relay. Sawyer, Potocki, Lacey and Knapp hit the line in 3:14.80, with Liverpool having to go 3:14.40 to beat them, though they’ll both make their way to Webster to race again in the state meet.

Fayetteville-Manlius diver Matt Beach, who already had advanced to the state meet in diving, picked up 405.4 points to finish third behind Liverpool’s Joe Roche (561.25 points) and Mexicos’ Noah Galuzzo (550.2 points).

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