Area swimmers, divers ready for sectionals

Fonda-Johnstown’s Trevor Askew will be one of several area swimmers competing at the Section II Division II Championships. (The Leader-Herald/Bill Trojan)

CLIFTON PARK — Several area swimmers and divers will be among those competing in the Section II Division II Swimming and Diving Championships today through Saturday at Shenendehowa High School.

Fonda-Johnstown senior Trevor Askew is seeded second in the 100-yard breaststroke and third in the 200-yard individual medley.

“My expectations are to be extremely competitive within sectionals and to get these boys the recognition they’ve earned,” Fonda-Johnstown coach Tommy Horning said. “Hopefully, moving into states for a couple of the events if possible.”

Askew won the 200 IM at the Division II meet last year and was second in the breaststroke. Askew finished 42nd in his first trip to the state meet last year.

Tyler Benton (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly), Kaden Sluti (200 individual medley, 100 butterfly) and Kaleb Sluti (100 backstroke, 200 individual medley) also will compete in two individual events for Fonda-Johnstown. Kaden Sluti is seeded eighth in the 100 butterfly.

Jacob Petrie (50 freestyle), Ben Poitras (50 freestyle), Mike Brown (1-meter diving) and Charlie Brown (1-meter diving) also will compete in individual events for Fo-Jo.

Askew, Kaleb Sluti and Kaden Sluti also will compete in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays, while Benton will compete in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays. Petrie and Poitras will compete in the 200 freestyle relay. Jacob Miller and Petrie will compete in the 200 freestyle relay.

“The events I consider to be competitive for Fo-Jo are the relays essentially. We have fantastic swimmers in the program and they mesh together well to complete a solid relay with competitive times. Individually all the boys are excellent in their specific race and have yet to disappoint, so I am looking forward to watching the boys succeed,” Horning said. “That being said, I also expect our elite swimmers to compete above and beyond expectations, chiefly Trevor Askew, he should be one of the swimmers to watch as we progress through sectionals.”

Gloversville will have 12 competitors in action this weekend.

“Coming into the weekend, my swimmers are really excited. For a lot of them, this is their first-ever, championship-style meet,” Gloversville-Mayfield coach Matthew Richardson said. “I expect them to be ready to compete and post many personal records. Despite the recent snow affecting practice time, they have made the best of the cards they have been dealt and worked hard over the last few weeks. We hope for the best and have our heads held high hoping for some quality swims and top-eight performances.”

Danny Helou was seeded sixth in both the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly for the Sea Dragons, while Brandon Becker was seeded eighth in the 500 freestyle and 10th in the 200 freestyle.

Brent Crabbe is seeded ninth in the 100 freestyle and 14th in the 50 freestyle for Gloversville-Mayfield, while Jacob Albertine (200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke), Tyler Kemmet (200 individual medley, 100 breast) and Nicholas Vincent (500 freestyle, 100 backstroke) also will compete in two individual events.

Yxlphrm Burke, Kadin O’Shaughnessy and Anthony Isabella will compete in today’s 1-meter diving competition for the Sea Dragons, while Ben Smouse (100 backstroke) and Jacob Sweeney (100 breaststroke) also qualified.

Sweeney, Vincent, Albertine, Smouse and Ian Strom also will compete in the 200 medley relay, while Helou, Kemmet, Becker and Crabbe will compete in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.

“Just having swimmers qualify for sectionals is a success in itself. My team is made up of four-month swimmers and to be able to train hard enough during that short period of time and qualify they way they have is a success,” Richardson said. “I hope for 100 percent personal records this weekend as well as a hand full of get back swims for Saturday. I think we also have some individuals that can make it back to the championship heats on Saturday, which will guarantee they post top-eight finishes.”

Canajoharie-Fort Plain will have seven swimmers competing in individual events at the meet.

Junior Joe Trembley is seeded fifth in the 50 freestyle and fourth in the 100 freestyle for C-FP, while sophomore Alex Sydow is seeded seventh in the 100 butterfly and 13th in the 200 individual medley.

Trembley was fifth in the 100 freestyle last year at the DII meet and sixth in the 50 freestyle.

“This has been a difficult winter season. Since Christmas break, we have had many missed practices because of weather,” Canajoharie-Fort Plain coach Phil Horender said. “I’m hopeful that my swimmers can drop some time from the regular season and do well enough on Friday to swim on Saturday — top eight ideally.”

Freshman Danion Jonker (200 freestyle, 500 freestyle), junior Dale Plant (200 freestyle, 100 backstroke), sophomore Emily Abrams (200 individual medley, 100 breaststroke) and junior A.J. Sullivan (50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke) all will compete in two individual events for Canajoharie-Fort Plain.

Sophomore Olivia Hopkins will compete in the 500 freestyle, while sophomore Trent Blakeslee and senior Cameron Mussmacher will take part in the 400 freestyle relay.

“We have a young group going to sectionals this year and reinforcements on the way from our modified program,” Horender said. “I think we can surprise some teams at sectionals this week and set ourselves up really nice for next year. My kids have worked really, really hard this season and have put in the time and effort to compete well on Friday.“

Amsterdam will have three competitors in action at the Division II meet.

Thomas Knack is seeded third in the 100 breaststroke and sixth in the 200 individual medley, while John Sawitzki (200 freestyle, 100 butterfly) and A.J. Mercado (50 freestyle, 100 freestyle) also will compete in two events for the Rams.

Knack was sixth in the 100 breaststroke last year and seventh in the 500 freestyle.

In the 200 medley relay, Fonda-Johnstown is seeded fifth, Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded sixth and Gloversville is seeded eighth.

Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded fourth in the 200 freestyle relay, Gloversville is seeded sixth and Fonda-Johnstown is seeded ninth.

In the 400 freestyle relay, Gloversville is seeded sixth, Fonda-Johnstown is seeded seventh and Canajoharie-Fort Plain is seeded ninth.

In last year’s meet, Canajoharie-Fort Plain finished sixth in the Division II team standings with 136 points, while Gloversville was seventh with 124 points, Fonda-Johnstown was eighth with 91 points and Amsterdam placed 10th with 72 points.

Glens Falls edged Albany Academy for the Division II championship 456-405 last year.

This year’s meet is set to begin today with the diving competition and continues Friday with the swimming preliminaries. The meet concludes Saturday with the swim finals.

By Paul Wager

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