R-H boys, Newfane girls clinch at least tie for respective N-O titles
By John D'Onofrio Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Juniors Scott Guyton, Shawn Moore and Derek Secord did everything but fix the scoreboard on Tuesday, sparking the Lockport swim Lions past visiting Niagara Falls, 102-72, topping Niagara Frontier League action.
Elsewhere, extending their Niagara-Orleans League reigns, both the defending champion Royalton-Hartland boys and Newfane girls teams clinched at least a tie for their respective league swim championships with victories on Tuesday. Closing out a strong day for local swim teams, Sparpoint beat visiting Sweet Home in ECIC boys pool action.
Guyton splashed his way to victory in both the 200-yard individual medley (2:17.74) and the 100 butterfly (1:00.35), Moore took both the 200 freestyle (2:01.35) and 100 backstroke (1:05.19); and Secord touched first in both the 50 freestyle (:22.55) and the 100 freestyle (:50.99) as head coach John Sullivan’s young, but impressive
Lockport Lions improved to 11-1 in the NFL and 11-2 overall.
“It was a steady win for us tonight,” Sullivan said. “We talked about making this a challenging place for opposing teams to come in and swim and they did that tonight. Our focus is improving night to night and if we can continue to do that, the rest of the plan will start to fall into place.”
Guyton was dominating in his two victories, just as he has been all season, taking big early leads then cruising. “I want to be able to get down to 56, 57 secondsby the end of the season,” Guyton said. “My goal is to make a state qualifying time. As a team, we’re doing a lot better than we thought we would. We have a chance to win the league, when we thought that would have to wait. We’re in the hunt.”
Moore, an LHS volleyball standout, uses every inch of his 6-6 frame to his advantage, getting early leads off the block, then is difficult to catch when he gets into cruise control. “I’d been struggling in the 200 free mentality, but tonight I just did what I needed to do,” Moore said. “I’m getting there. I’ve been working hard in practice and it’s been paying off for me.”
Secord, perhaps the most dominating Lions swimmer this season, cruised through the water like an Ohio class SSBN submarine, barely missing the state cut in the 50 freestyle by .18 of a second.
“I was happy to see a lot of the younger kids who moved up to varsity for this meet, like Andy Bronson and Ian Smith, swim well tonight,” Secord said. “I think we’re a little farther ahead than we thought we would be, but there’s still room for improvement. I think we’re right on course.”
Also posting an individual win Tuesday was Lockport freshman Andy Bronson, who earned his first-ever varsity victory, taking the 100 breaststroke in a Class A-qualifying time of 1:13.05.
“It’s a great feeling to get my first varsity win and to qualify for the class meet,” Bronson said. “It’s different from swimming a JV race — not a huge difference because it’s like any other race, but the competition is so much better.”
The Lions went on to win two of the meet’s three relays, with Mike Dmochowski, Jack Whalen, Bryan Wojcinski and Austin Hinton winning the 200 medley relay in 1:55.83, and Secord, Wojcinski, Guyton and John Patterson winning the 200 free relay in 1:36.41.
“We made some nice progress in goal times. As a program, we’re not where we want to be, but we’re progressing faster than we anticipated,” Sullivan said. “Coach (Kevin) Clark is doing a fantastic job getting guys ready for varsity competition. We brought up four guys the last couple of days and they’ve all made contributions. And the kids filling in for them at the JV level below haven’t missed a beat, so the future continues to look bright for Lockport swimming.”
The Wolverines (5-7 NFL) were led by diving competition winner JaRon Williams and 500 free winner Spencer Ventresca (5:46.81).
Williams, a senior co-captain, executed a brilliant reverse one-and-a-half tuck to close the show on Sean Kearns of the Lions in an entertaining, two-man diving competition. Williams posted 220.88 points to place first. He said he plans to study physical therapy and hopes to dive at college and is yet uncommitted.
“I thought that our younger swimmers swam very very well tonight under rough conditions of illness on the team,” said Wolverines head coach Ed Maynard. “JaRon did a good job. He missed the state cut a year ago by just eight points and by just 12 the year before. He’s a good kid and a good leader. I hope he reaches the Promise Land this season.”
Lockport won the junior varsity meet, 91-58.
ECIC BOYS SWIMMING
Sweet Home 69
PENDLETON — Head coach Tim Menges’ Spartans improved to 8-3 in ECIC II action Tuesday night against the visiting Panthers.
Alec Toth and Rob Luckman were double winners for Starpoint. Toth won both the 200 freestyle (1:50.07) and the 500 freestyle (5:02.19), while Luckman touched first in both the 50 freestyle (:24.17) and 100 freestyle (:52.01).
Also for the Spartans, A.J. Joslin won the 100 backstroke (:59.95) and Bobby Adams won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.07).
Starpoint swept the meet’s three relays as well, with Joslin, Luckman, Brandon Smith and Drew Howard winning the 200 medley relay in 1:51.64, Luckman, Howard, Toth and Ben Chatley winning the 200 free relay in 1:39.02; and Toth, Chatley, Joslin and Adams winning the 400 free relay in 3:41.97.
Ryan Hayter (200 IM) and Matt Heron (100 butterfly) were winners for Sweet Home.
N-O BOYS SWIMMING
NEWFANE — The six-time defending N-O champion Rams remain unbeaten at 8-0.
Jeff Durbin doubled in the 200 and 500 free and Andrew Ayers in the individual medley and backstroke to lead the Roy-Hart boys squad.
The Rams also got wins from Lyle Wagner (50 free), Raymond Sack (100 butterfly) and Roy Phipps (100 free).
Barker 75, Albion 19
ALBION — Improving to 6-2, the Barker boys had as Brian Alt doubled in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.
The Raiders als got wins by Casey Webb (50 free). Alonzo St. Louis (100 butterfly), Zach Shaft (100 free) and Tyler Swann (100 breaststroke).
Morgan Seielstad doubled for Albion in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.
Akron 99.5, Medina 71.5
AKRON — Anthony Laurienzo doubled in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly and Andrew Grant in the individual medley and 100 free as the Tigers improved to 6-2 and the Mustangs dropped to 3-5 in the N-O.
Medina’s lone win was by Chris Horgan in the 100 breaststroke.
N-O GIRLS SWIMMING
Newfane 95, Roy-Hart 75
NEWFANE — The three-time defending champion Lady Panthers also stayed unbeaten at 8-0, while the Lady Rams dropped to 6-2 in the N-O.
Lil Masters took both the 200 and 500 free and Kiki Dy the 50 and 100 fee to pace the Newfane girls squad which also had Kate Bochnewetch take the backstroke and Allie DeBiase the breaststroke.
Sarah Dimayo doubled in the individual medley and butterfly for Roy-Hart.
Barker 60, Albion 34
ALBION — The Barker girls regained the .500 mark in the N-O at 4-4.
Emma Jenks doubled in the 50 and 100 free fanned Brooke Targus in the individual medley and backstroke for Barker which also got wins from Ruth Gendrue (500 free) and Hayley Richbart (100 breaststroke).
Elizabeth Jurs doubled in the 200 free and 100 butterfly for Albion which slips to 0-8.
Akron 92, Medina 78
AKRON — Julia Diebel doubled in the 100 free and 100 backstroke as the Lady Tigers improved to 5-3 and the Lady Mustangs fell to 1-7.
Emma Gardner won both the 200 free and 100 butterfly for Medina and Hayley Cogovan took the 100 breaststroke.