Ready for Sectionals

CLIFTON PARK – The area’s four swim teams will compete today and Saturday in the Section II Division II Championships at Shenendehowa High School.

Gloversville, Fonda-Johnstown, Canajoharie-Fort Plain and Amsterdam all will be in action at the Division II (small-school) meet at Shenendehowa High School.

The meet began Thursday at Shenendehowa High School with the diving portion of the event.

Shenendehowa’s Adam Bonk won the Division I (large-school) diving title with a six-dive total of 510.40 points. Amsterdam’s Kristian Santos finished second overall and won the Division II title with a total of 459.45 points. Amsterdam’s Connor Liverio was second in Division II with a total of 396.75. Glens Falls’ Railan Aiken was third in Division II with a total of 380.90.

Gloversville’s Austin Flynn was eighth with a total of 288.95, Fonda-Johnstown’s Daeshan Buseck (254.65) was 13th and Canajoharie-Fort Plain’s Willie Parrino (202.65) was 16th.

Gloversville’s Matthew Smrtic also qualified in the Division II diving event, bit did not compete.

The competition continues today with the swimming preliminaries at Shenendehowa High School beginning at 10 a.m. It will conclude Saturday with the swimming finals at Shenendehowa beginning at 10 a.m.

Gloversville will have 12 swimmers competing in individual events today and Saturday.

Nick Cirillo is seeded fifth in the 200-yard freestyle for Gloversville. Cirillo also will compete in the 500 freestyle for the Sea Dragons.

“We expect to finish within the top five at sectionals this year. The guys that did qualify should make it back for finals on Saturday,” Gloversville coach Mike Harrington said. “The first step for the guys on the fringe is to break into the top 16 and for the guys already in the top 16, we need them to bust into the top-eight heat.”

Skyler Deming (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Matt Helou (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle),Wade inman (100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke), Brandon Paul (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Joslen Pettit (100 butterfly, 100 backstroke) and Hunter Pieniazek (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke) all will compete in two individual events for Gloversville.

Jerame Cole (50 freestyle), Anthony Oathout (100 backstroke) and Peter Piazza (100 butterfly) will compete in one event for the Sea Dragons.

“If we can come out of this meet with over 170 points, that should be enough to get us up into the top five and then we will see where that takes us,” Harrington said.

Fonda-Johnstown will have three swimmers in competition this weekend. Tyler Askew (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Trevor Askew (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and Steven Dunbar (100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke) all qualified in two events for Fo-Jo.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain will have 11 swimmers competing in individual events this weekend.

“I think, realistically, we can push for a top-five team finish,” Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Phil Horender said. ” I’m hoping that everyone hits a good taper and takes advantage of all the hard work, time, and dedication they’ve invested this season.”

Seth Ferguson (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Chris Deyette (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke), Gabbie Kiefl (100 backstroke, 200 freestyle), Ruben McFarlane (100 backstroke, 100 freestyle), Harrison Abrams (200 freestyle), Jordan Hammons (200 individual medley, 100 backstroke), Jake Brody (200 individual medley), Bryn Clark (200 freestyle, 100 freestyle), Meg Cortright (200 individual medley, 500 freestyle) and Zephran Vosburgh (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) all will compete in two individual events for C-FP.

McFarlane is seeded fourth in the 100 backstroke for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.

Amsterdam’s Kristian Santos already has qualified for the state meet in the 1-meter diving competition. He also will compete in the 100 freestyle for the Rams.

Patrick Purtell will compete in the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke, while Jon Blanchard will compete in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. Reyers Brusoe will swim the 200 and 500 freestyle for Amsterdam, while Forrest Lee will compete in the 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Also swimming for the Rams will be Peter Lomanto in the 100 butterfly.

Lee is seeded sixth in the 100 butterfly for Amsterdam.

“I am expecting Forrest [Lee], Patrick [Purtell] and Kristian [Santos] to make the finals on Saturday, Amsterdam coach Nancy Spagnola said.

In addition to the individual events, all four team will compete in the 200 medley, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays.

In the 200 medley relay, Gloversville is seeded fifth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded sixth, Amsterdam is seeded seventh and Johnstown is seeded 11th.

In the 200 freestyle relay, Gloversville is seeded fifth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded sixth, Fonda-Johnstown is seeded ninth and Amsterdam is seeded 10th.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded fifth, Gloversville is seeded seventh, Amsterdam is seeded eighth and Fonda-Johnstown is seeded 11th.

Cirillo and Paul will compete in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays for Gloversville, while Deming and Inman also will swim in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. Helou and Pieniazek will compete in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays for the Sea Dragons.

Amsterdam placed third at last year’s Division II meet, Gloversville was fifth and Canajoharie-Fort Plain was seventh. Fonda-Johnstown did not field a team last season.

The state championship meet will take place March 1-2 at Webster Schroeder High School.