Before 2013 ended, the CBA/Jamesville-DeWitt boys swim team had sprinted to a 4-0 start, and had to wonder how the long holiday break would affect them.
It turned out to be a refresher, for when the Red Rams returned Thursday night to face 4-2 New Hartford, all was fine and normal as Josh Lacey, Corey Knapp and Kevin Potocki led the way in a 99-81 victory over the Spartans.
Joined by Casey Sawyer, Lacey, Knapp and Potocki started out in the 200 medley relay, CBA/J-D roaring to a time of one minutes, 47.53 seconds as the Spartans (1:51.32) lagged behind.
Then Lacey, absent from high school swimming the last two years, went out on his own, going a season-best 1:51.55 in the 200 freestyle, with teammate Ben Katsarsky (2:01.35) behind.
Later in the meet, Lacey, in the 500 freestyle, dazzled again, picking up a winning time of 4:55.70 to go to the top of the Section III leaderboard.
Knapp had his own double, starting in the 200 individual medley, where he prevailed in 2:11.94 over teammate Nick Street (2:21.78), and he also had a solid victory in the 100 freestyle in 50.43 seconds.
Potocki also won on his own, needing 55.25 seconds to roar through the 100 butterfly, and then going to the 100 breaststroke and finishing in 1:08.02. Street won the 100 backstroke in 1:00.79, edging out Jack Martin (1:00.99), while Alex Dieroff, with 219.75 points, held off Matt Wanamker (218.40 points) in a tense diving competition.
Before exiting the stage on this night, Jeff Gabriel, who was second in the 50 freestyle (24.52 seconds) to New Hartford’s Tyler Newman (23.72 seconds), joined Lacey, Knapp and Dan McGann as CBA/J-D, in 1:40.22, pulled away from the Spartans (1:47.18) in the 200 freestyle relay.
As for Fayetteville-Manlius, it visited West Genesee last Wednesday night, and while there were some good moments, it could not keep up all night with the Wildcats in a 100-69 defeat.