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September 13, 2012

Make room for the Lady swim Lions

Preseason home opener against N-W and Will North is a successful one

LOCKPORT —  

About the only place you could move around freely during Tuesday’s girls swim meet at Lockport High School was in the pool  — and that’s where it counted for the Lockport Lady Lions, who beat visiting Niagara-Wheatfield and Williamsville North in   a preseason tri-meet.
A standing room only crowd attended the first home meet of the season at the LHS pool, which Lockport won with 142 points. The Lady Falcons were second at 97, followed by the Lady Spartans with 91.
Head coach Kristen Smith has plenty to be excited about as the Lady Lions prepare to open their Niagara Frontier League season next week.
“My outlook is fantastic. I think we have a very strong team this year. A lot of the younger girls are already stepping up   to the plate and putting forth some great times,” Smith said.
One of those younger team members is sophomore Elizabeth Connolly, who was a double individual winner Tuesday and was a member of two of Lockport’s winning relay teams. Connolly won the 200 free in 2:01.67 and the 500 free in 5:23.44.
“Liz is just two-and-a-half seconds off the school record in the 500 free,” Smith noted. The school record of 5:20.6 was set by Mo Donato in 1983.
Top returners this fall include diving sensation Paige Kelkenberg, the perennial NFL and sectional diving champion. Kelkenberg   won Tuesday’s competition with 251.99 points.
Also returning are two swimmers with plenty of varsity experience and the wins to prove it. Karly Hartz won the 100 free on Tuesday in 57.6 seconds, while fellow LHS senior Danielle Dembrow returned to her familiar place atop the podium, winning the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.84.
The Lady Lions also won two of the meets’ three relays. Connolly, Hartz, senior Hailey Stapleton and sophomore Jessica Cinelli   won both the 200 free (1:47.47) and the 400 free (3:55.06). Among other up-and-coming younger swimmers is sophomore Hanna   Snow.

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