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Finger Lakes League Championship Meet

Posted Sunday, February 05, 2012 by Dalily Messenger

The Naples and Palmyra-Macedon boys swim teams each came away from the Finger Lakes League Invitational with first-place finishes on Saturday. The Red Raiders win came in Division 1 and the Big Green’s win came in Division II.

Pal-Mac, who scored 488 points, held off Newark (441) and Geneva (430). Midlakes took fourth (249) and North Rose-Wolcott took fifth (239).

Naples, who scored 542 points, held off Gananda (497). Marcus Whitman took third (374), Clyde Savannah took fourth (225) and Sodus took fifth (164).

It is Pal-Mac’s first league invitational win.

“It definitely was a team effort,” Red Raiders coach Jason Stevens said. “We only won two events in our division and placed third in all three relays. It definitely was a team effort and depth really paid off for us. It feels great to win our league invitational because we’ve never done it before.”

Clem York won in the 200 (1:58.85) and 500 freestyle (5:28.58) for Pal-Mac. Teammate Quinton Jones took third in the 200 individual medley (2:12.9) and second in the 100 backstroke (1:00.76). Gage Geldorf took second in the 500 in 5:37.72.

Naples’ Randon Hoselton took first in the 200 freestyle (1:57.41) and second in the 100 butterfly (57.89). Teammate Collin Guarino took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.86) and second in the 100 freestyle (55.06). Ben Spaid won diving for the Big Green with a score of 282.3 and Chad Plante took first in the 200 individual medley (2:21.42).

Naples’ 200 medley relay and 200 free relay team took first place.

“I think it was a great team effort, we had a lot of people place,” Naples coach Courtney Gursslin said. “Mostly it came down to a lot of people swimming fast and finishing better off than we were originally seeded.”

Marcus Whitman’s Tyler Webster was the outstanding performer of the meet. He won the 50 freestyle (22.92) and 100 backstroke (55.49). His backstroke time set a meet record that was set back in 1995 and it’s also state qualifying time.

Gananda’s Zak Westfall was named the outstanding senior swimmer of the meet. He won the 100 butterfly in 56.76 and 500 freestyle in 5:11.48

Teammate Evan Sixbey won the 100 freestyle in 54.97.

Newark’s Jack Diamond won Division 1 diving with a score of 335.90. Teammate Jeffery Garrett won the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.11

Midlakes’ Tyler Levickas won the 100 butterfly in 58.26.

Geneva’s John Forbes was named coach of the year.

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