Young Swimmers Continue to Shine into Day 3 of Ithaca Sectionals


Ithaca Sectionals day 3 finals kicked off with a bang, as the Chelsea Piers Aquatics women’s 200 medley relay shattered the Eastern Zone Sectionals meet record, and Ithaca College pool record. The team of Kelly Montesi, , Lillian Clisham, Katherine Douglass, and Bridget Semenuk combined to throw down a 1:39.88, marking 1 of only about 20 times a 15-18 women’s 200 medley relay has broken 1:40. They posted good splits all around, with Montesi leading off in 25.61, followed by Clisham at 28.11, Douglass with a sizzling 23.67, and Semenuk at 22.49.

15 year old Megan Deuel won the women’s 200 fly, posting a 1:58.29 to break the pool and meet records. Deuel was able to come back on, and pass, runner-up Andrea Wei (17) and 3rd place finisher Joy Jiang, who went 1:58.84, and 1:59.51 respectively. Deuel was faster on her last 50 than her 3rd 50, which is a pretty rare thing to see in the 200 fly. She posted a 30.19 on the end, compared to her 30.70 on the 3rd 50. Deuel and Jiang both cracked the all-time top 100 for their age groups, with Deuel landing 88th for 15-16 and Jiang 33rd for 13-14 girls.

Young swimmers ran the show again in the men’s 200 fly, with 14 year old Tyler Sicignano winning with a 1:49.21. Sicignano had the fastest splits in the field on the last 3 50s of the race, and kept his splits pretty tight. Sicignano was 28.35 on the 2nd 50, then pushed the 3rd 50, going a 27.67, and coming home just a tad slower at 28.04. Sicignano’s time lands him 7th on the all-time rankings for 13-14 boys.

Katherine Douglass then won the 50 free over teammate Bridget Semenuk, posting times of 22.37 and 22.74 respectively. That time was a little off Douglass’ best of 22.04, which is tied with Simone Manuel for 2nd all-time 15-16 girls.

The women’s 200 breast wasn’t quite as tight as the 100 was the day before, with Kaki Christensen winning the event in 2:12.13 for a new pool record. Olivia Jack came in 2nd this time, posting a 2:13.26. jack was out slightly faster than Christensen, 30.30 to 30.55 on the 1st 50, but Christensen then out-split Jack by a little on the last 3 50s, gradually building a lead on her.

Benjamin Feldman, a 15 year old, won the men’s 200 breast, posting a 2:01.90 to touch first by 1.51 seconds. Feldman’s lead was largely built on his fast 57.89 1st 100, and he held that lead through the finish. That marked a nice time drop from his previous best of 2:03.21

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