2017 Sectionals – Buffalo
- March 30th-April 2nd, 2017
- Burt Flickinger Athletic Center, Buffalo, New York (Star Swimming hosted)
- 50m course
- Results on Meet Mobile – search “Buffalo”
The first night of the 2017 spring Sectionals meet in Buffalo, New York was a pure distance day with timed finals of the non-Olympic distance events. That is to say, the women’s 1500 and the men’s 800
Youth was served on the women’s side, with 6 of the top 7 finishers being aged 15-or younger. That was led by Madelyn Donohoe of FISH in 16:59.84 – a win by more than 45 seconds.
13-year old Natalia Rongione, younger sister of National Age Group Record holder Isabella, placed 5th, and FISH overall had 4 of the top 9 finishers in the event. The program is known as a distance hub, having produced swimmers like the elder Rongione and American Record holder in the 1500 SCM freestyle Kate Ziegler.
The men’s 800 saw a relatively more-veteran crew, with 18-year old Cardinal and Gold Aquatics’ Abel Sapirstein winning in 8:46.66. That’s a 9-second improvement over his previous best time. 15-year old Zacharia Reid was just behind him in 8:49.39, and another FISH distance swimmer Mason Greenblatt touched 3rd in 8:50.32.