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April 1, 2014

YMCA Stingrays dominate at state meet

Several state records are broken by 2013-14 Lockport team


“Winners train, failure complains.”
This has been the motto that the YMCA Stingrays have backed up all season long in practices, meets, invitationals, and finally at the YMCA State Swimming Championships held at Ithaca College on March 14-16.
Lockport came into the meet with 20 swimmers who qualified for the championship meet, and walked away with three state champions and a third-place overall finish in the 8 and under girls division as a team. Swimmers also set numerous team records over the weekend.
The Stingrays’ 8-U team has surprised teams throughout the past season with their strength in every stroke and dominating relays. This state meet was no different, with numerous top-10 finishes.
Lockport’s girls team made up of Grace Buzak, Gracie Cordle, Madison Fragale, Elizabeth Kershaw, and Elizabeth Swartz again shocked their competition and made their presence felt in the pool. 
Madison Fragale started out being ranked 29th going into the 25 freestyle and ended up swimming to a first-place finish overall and a state title. Other top finishers were Gracie Cordle with a third in the 25 free, Grace Buzak seventh in the 50 free, Elizabeth Kershaw seventh in the 25 back and Elizabeth Swartz 10th in the 50 free.
Lockport’s 100 free relay made up of Fragale, Cordle, Buzak and Elizabeth Swartz placed second and the 100 medley relay made up of Kershaw, Cordle, Swartz, and Buzak came in fifth.
Competing in the 8-U Division for the last time, Lockport’s Aidan Morgan was dominant in all freestyle events and won state titles in three different individual events — the 25 free, 50 free and 100 free. In winning the 100 free, Morgan set a new state YMCA record with a time of 1:07.15 . The last time a YMCA swimmer walked away with three state titles in one meet, let alone a state record, was more than 30 years ago.

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