Warriors earn state boys swimming titles

Roche is diving champion; Liverpool claims 200 free relay

With special goals in mind, the Liverpool boys swim team - joined by particularly good diver named Dan Roche - went to the Webster Aquatic Center this weekend and, when it all done, had a pair of New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships to bring back home.

Along the way, Roche and the Warriors lay waste to various records, whether of the school, Section III or state variety, and finished second in the overall team standings, too.

Roche's victory came in the NYSPHSAA portion of the diving competition. With a total of 565.80 points, Roche outlasted a field that included his Section III teammate, Mexico's Noah Galuzzo, who finished fifth with 462.65 points.

But the Warriors weren't done. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, where it had qualified third, the quartet of Garrett Clarke, Nick Burdo, Liam Henry and Matt Petit finished in one minute, 26.10 seconds to beat the field and set a new state record in the process.

And that followed a 200 medley relay where Burdo, Clarke and Petit, joined by Troy Miller, made their way to third place in 1:35.21, improving upon the school-record 1:35.35 they put up the day before in the qualifying heats.

On his own, Burdo broke two more state marks on his way to second-place finishes in the 100 freestyle, where he had a time of 45.54 seconds, and the 200 freestyle, where he finished in 1:40.28, just ahead of West Genesee's Collin Zapisek (1:43.21) in sixth place. Zapisek was also fifth in the 500 freestyle.

As for Clarke, he entered the state meet as the top seed in the 100 breaststroke, and while he could not quite get all the way to the top, he did break the state record on his way to a third-place finish in 56.61 seconds. Watertown's Mike Netto, who was sixth (57.48 seconds), also smashed the state mark as records fell everywhere at the Webster pool.

Clarke also swam in the 200 individual medley, where in Friday's qualifying he broke a 27-year-old school record with a time of 1:54.86. Moving on to Saturday's finals, Clarke finished seventh, not quite able to match that Friday effort, though he did finish in 1:55.64.

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