Ithaca High girls swim team wins 23rd straight Section 4 title

Ithaca High girls swim team wins 23rd straight Section 4 title

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Ithaca High girls swim team wins 23rd straight Section 4 title

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Ithaca High’s girls swimming juggernaut captured its 23rd consecutive Section 4 Class A championship Saturday at Owego Free Academy, while host Owego rolled to a 205-point victory in Class B and Dryden won the Class C title in a close four-team battle.

Coach Roy Staley’s Little Red captured nine individual titles in the 12-event meet while posting a 482-435 victory over runner-up Horseheads in Class A. Vestal was a distant third at 335 points.

Ithaca’s Rebel Todhunter was a quadruple-winner, taking both the 100-yard butterfly (59.64 seconds) and the 500 freestyle (5:20.51). The butterfly time met the qualifying standard for the state championship meet, to be held in two weeks at Ithaca College’s Athletics & Events Center Aquatics Pavilion.

Todhunter also swam a leg on the Little Red’s two winning relays, the 200 medley (1:58.47) and the 400 freestyle (3:47.46). Other members of the 200 medley quartet were Kayla Sherwyn, Annali Vernon and Hannah Bollinger; in the 400 free relay, Todhunter swam with Karinna Browning, Joy Smith and Cecile Browning.

Karinna Browning (200 freestyle, 1:58.61), Cecile Browning (50 free, 25.23), Ayla Bonniwell (diving, 456.0 points) and Bollinger (100 free, 53.76) also won individual titles for Ithaca. Bonniwell’s diving total easily eclipsed the state qualifying standard of 409.55 points, as did Bollinger’s 100 freestyle time; the standard is 54.36.

* Class C: Dryden scored 345 points to edge runner-up Chenango Forks by eight points in a competitive team battle. Watkins Glen was third (329) followed by Lansing (323). Waverly was a distant fifth at 214 points.

The Purple Lions won with superior depth as they placed in the top three in just two events — diving, where Megan Cornelius and Heather Larkin placed first and third, respectively, and the 400 freestyle relay, where Dryden was second. Cornelius won the diving with 350.45 points, followed by Alexis Castelenetta of Watkins Glen (345.00) and Larkin (331.95).

Lansing’s Adele Ferris was a quadruple-winner, taking first in both the 200 individual medley (2:13.45) and the 500 freestyle (5:14.89) and swimming a leg on the Bobcats’ winning 200 medley (2:02.08) and 200 freestyle (1:45.87) relays.

She was joined in the medley relay by teammates Isabelle Corgel, Anna Conte and Rory Allen, and in the 200 free by Caroline Dennis, Allen and Conte.

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