No one, at this point, is getting close to the torrid pace set by the Liverpool boys swim team in the CNY Counties League, though Cicero-North Syraucse is putting up its own noble effort.
Each of the sides had meets last Wednesday night, and each of them won, as the Warriors smashed past visiting Oswego 104-80 and the Northstars took out Syracuse 97-83 for its first victory of the season following an 0-2 start.
For Liverpool, who had seen its Jan. 3 meet with Fayetteville-Manlius snowed out, it was a chance to get back to work after mostly resting during the holiday break, and do so against a strong Oswego side that entered the meet with a 3-0 record.
Garrett Clarke, in the 200-yard freestyle, won in a time of one minute, 51.64 seconds. Clarke would also team with Nick Burdo, Matt Petit and Liam Henry as Liverpool prevailed in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:30.71, holding off the Buccaneers’ strong quartet of Alex Kemper, Ben McCrobie, Dylan Harrington and Leo Gorton, who were second in 1:33.12.
On his own, Burdo won twice, beating Gorton, 21.82 seconds to 22.98, in the 50 freestyle with one of the season’s fastest time. Then, in the 100 backstroke, Burdo finished in 56.51 seconds for another impressive victory.
Dan Roche, already a state qualifier on the diving board, earned 308.55 points on this night for another first-place finish, right before Troy Miller won the 100 butterfly in 56.76 seconds.
Connor Thiel, who was second (1:04.18) to the Bucs’ Dylan Harrington (1:03.41) in the 100 breaststroke (Harrington also won the 200 individual medley), atoned in the 400 freestyle relay, combining with Ian Davis, Connor Thiel and Trevor Case to win in 4:00.19.
C-NS could not match those sorts of times, but still had its own strong effort against Syracuse, starting in the 200 medley relay, where Jacob Mekker, Scott Cooley, Nate Acona and Steve Cooley prevailed in 1:56.72.