New York Girls State Meet Prelims – Recap

Meet Stats

  • 11/18/16
  • Hosted by Ithaca College


Day 1 of the New York girls state meet saw several standout swims.

Pittsford swimmer Lindsay Stone blew away the field in the 200 yard freestyle and 500 yard freestyle, making automatic All-American cuts in each. Pelham sophomore Katherine Douglass also claimed two automatic All-American designations, along with several Federation records.

Eight times, including three relays, made the cut for automatic All-American inclusion. Nineteen swims met the standard for All-American consideration.

The meet started off hot with the 200 yard medley relay from Long Beach, comprised of Kristen Romano, Margaret Areosty, Caroline Farrell, and Joan Cash taking the top seed in tomorrow’s finals meet with an All-American time of 1:44.02. They were followed by Orchard Park in second with a 1:46.34 and Bellmore-Merrick in third with a 1:47.12.

Lindsay Stone took first in the 200 yard freestyle, and Northport freshman Chloe Stepnek took second place with an All-American consideration-worthy time of 1:50.67. Alyssa Helak, a senior from Williamsville, took third with a time of 1:51.41.

Orchard Park senior Olivia Sapio took the first spot in the 200 yard I.M. with an All-American consideration time of 2:02.89. The 200 I.M. had a tie for it’s alternate spots, resulting in a swim off between seniors Rachel Kuenzler and Miranda Bacon who both recorded a time of 2:11.31. The pair tied again in the swim off at 2:10.52, resulting in a second round that was finally taken by Bacon.

The 50 yard freestyle saw Pelham sophomore Katherine Douglass chalk up another of the eight automatic All-American times with a scorching 22.21. Douglass also broke her own Federation record. Her closest competition was Becca Evans of Pittsford, who touched the wall more than a full second later at 23.57. Serafina Viola took third seed for tomorrow at 23.58.

Kristen Romano took the top seed for tomorrow’s 100 yard butterfly with a time of 55.20, good enough for All-American consideration. The second spot went to Olivia Sapio who dropped nearly a second from her seed time to touch the wall in 55.37, another All-American consideration time.

Katherine Douglass surfaced once again for the 100 yard freestyle, notching an All-American time of 48.84 to take the first seed for finals, breaking another of her own records. Junior Olivia Jack took second with an All-American consideration time of 50.86.]

Lindsay Stone beat a very talented field in the 500 yard freestyle. Stone’s time of 4:47.31 beat out the closest competition by just over eight seconds, coming within a second of her own Federation record and making an automatic All-American cut. Lauryn Johnson took second for tomorrow’s meet with a 4:55.40, and she was closely followed by Madison Hartigan who notched a time of 4:55.59. Both were good for All-American consideration.

The Pelham relay of Jane Bryce, Lucy Bischof, Madison Hartigan, and Katherine Douglass took the first seed in the 200 yard freestyle relay with an All-American time of 1:35.75. The second place Pittsford relay comprised of Becca Evans, Emma Corby, Lindsay Stone, and Megan Deuel just missed the automatic All-American cut, coming in at 1:35.96.

Senior Kristen Romano of Long Beach took the first spot in the 100 yard backstroke with a 55.17, another automatic All-American time. Alyssa Helak just missed the automatic cut as she finished in 55.75. She will look to break through with an automatic All-American cut tomorrow night.

Olivia Jack scored yet another automatic All-American time in the 100 yard breaststroke, going 1:01.85. Second place Margaret Areosty dropped more than two seconds from her seed time to a 1:03.44, good enough for All-American consideration. Sophomore Josephine Panitz from Ursuline rounded out the top three with an All-American consideration time of 1:03.93.

Finally, Pittsford and Pelham will battle it out tomorrow for the title in the 400 yard free style relay. The Pittsford team of Lindsay Stone, Emma Corby, Becca Evans, and Molly Brennan took first in the prelims with a time of 3:30.76. Pelham was hot on their heels at 3:31.24. Both teams qualified for All-American consideration.

The meet concludes with tomorrow’s finals, which start at 10:30am.

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Ryan Taylor

Ryan Taylor is a native of Fairview, Pennsylvania. Over the course of his 14 year swimming career including club, YMCA, high school varsity and college varsity competition, Taylor has built a deep understanding of stroke technique and preparation for success. After his 4 years of swimming at Westminster College he …

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