Feb 18, 2012 Phil Blackwell Uncategorized
Baldwinsville boys swimmer Dan Burke showed everyone in Central New York his multiple talents as he earned two victories in in Friday’s Section III Class A championship meet at Nottingham High School.
Burke particularly dominated in his specialty, the 100-yard backstroke. Pulling away from the field, Burke finished in 52.30 seconds, beating Liverpool’s Nick Burdo (56.60 seconds) by more than four seconds.
This came after a 200-yard individual medley showdown between Burke and West Genesee’s Collin Zapisek. Burke built an early lead and held on to win in 1:57.69, exactly four-tenths of a second better than Zapisek (1:58.09), who settled for the runner-up spot.
Overall, B’ville finished eighth in Class A with 159 points, Watertown (335 points) holding off West Genesee (308 points) for its first-ever sectional team title.
Kyle Atkinson claimed fifth place in the 100 backstroke in 1:00.18, while Mike Watkins took sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.06. The Bees also were fifth in the 200 medley relay in 1:44.50.
This set up Saturday’s George Falwell Cup, which doubled as the state qualifier for those who had not yet earned their spots in the state meet March 2-3 at Buffalo’s Erie Community College.
In the 200 IM, Burke didn’t have to worry about Zapisek, but instead had to fend off Watertown’s Mike Netto, hanging on for a victory in 1:58.40, just ahead of Netto’s 1:58.61.
The 100 backstroke proved easier. As with the 200 IM, Burke’s time dropped from the Class A meet, but with 53.22 seconds he still was close to three seconds better than WG’s Matt O’Donnell (56.20 seconds) and the rest of the field. Atkinson took seventh place in 1:00.86.
Burke, Watkins, Akers and Kevin Bridge teamed to gain fourth place in the 200 medley relay, improving to 1:43.25. On his own, Akers (1:06.81) rose to 10th in the 100 breaststroke, just ahead of Watkins (1:07.25) in 11th place.