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Stingrays take 3rd at ASAC swim championships

By CHRIS SNOW Published: July 25, 2017 4:00 AM
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Although the Loudonville Stingrays finished third in the combined team standings at the All Summer Aquatic Conference Championships recently at Loudonville's public swimming pool, Britney Sage still had herself a day to remember.

Sage set three new individual 15-18 ASAC Championships records -- in the 50-meter freestyle (28.56 seconds), 50 breaststroke (35.75) and 100-meter free (1:03.01) -- and was also a member of the record-breaking 200-meter free relay team (2:03.79) that included Sarah Carroll, Emma Kick and McKenna Haggerty. That foursome also made up the champion 200 medley relay team (2:21.31).

"Britney's a great swimmer," Loudonville coach Heather McGowan said. "She's a super hard worker and very talented. She deserves the times that she's had and the records that she's broken because she's a very hard worker."

The Stingray girls scored 831 points to finish a close second behind the Ontario Summer Swim Team (862 points).

Loudonville's Madison Smith had smooth sailing throughout the day in the 13-14 age group, winning the 100-meter individual medley (1:16.59), 50 free (31.06) and 50 butterfly (33.69).

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Marissa Smith, meanwhile, dominated her events in the 8-under group as she garnered first-place finishes in the 25-meter free (20.36), 25 fly (24.73) and 25 breast (26.63). She was also a member of the winning 100 free relay team (1:38.18) that included IraJoy Lavinder, Rebekah Carroll and Jaiden Stitzlein. That quartet also won the 100 medley relay (1:51.91).

Lavinder also grabbed first in the 8-under 25 backstroke (26.66), and Coralynne Forbes won the 13-14 50 breast (42.95).

The Loudonville boys didn't fare as well as the girls, placing fourth with 658 points. Willard won the title with 862 points.

"We were missing a few of our star athletes, especially in the 15-18 boys," McGowan said. "We had two that couldn't be here today because of church camp. Had we had them today, I think we would have done even better, but that's okay."

Korbin McGowan did everything he could to will his team to victory, snagging first-place finishes in the 100 IM (1:31.27), 50 breast (41.89) and 50 free (33.83).

Also winning individual titles for the Stingray boys were Vincenzo Peretti in the 6-under 25 free (25.92), Aidan Wolford in the 11-12 50 back (41.55) and the 8-under medley relay team (2:04.14) of Brennan Daniels, John Eicher, Cooper Sage and Peretti.

Despite not winning the meet, Coach McGowan was pleased with how her squad performed.

"I'm super proud of all my swimmers," she said. "We worked super hard. They've had a really great season. We had a lot of swimmers have PRs, and we had a lot of fast swimming, so I'm really proud of them."


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