Ithaca senior Ryan Nicholson broke his own state record in the 100-yard butterfly and helped the Little Red set a relay mark Friday to lead a strong day for Section 4 during preliminaries at the New York State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center.
The Duke University-bound Nicholson shattered his record in the 100-yard butterfly with an effort of 47.76 seconds. His old mark of 48.30 was set last year when he won the state title.
His top time of 20.25 seconds in the 50 freestyle would have broken the state record of 20.33 set in 2011 by Stanley Wong of Tappan Zee, but Hauppauge’s Justin Plaschka had a time of 20.08 seconds to lead off the 200 freestyle relay later in the meet.
Ithaca’s time of 1:33.84 in the 200 medley relay broke the record of 1:34.26 set in 2010 by Pine Bush. Nicholson was joined on the relay by Faadhil Moheed, Noah FrostClapp and Francis Schickel.
In the 400 freestyle relay, Nicholson, Moheed and Schickel teamed with Kevin Miller for the day’s third-fastest time (3:10.99). Nicholson’s leadoff 100 time of 44.34 seconds was faster than the old state mark of 44.73, though Plaschka set a new state standard Friday of 44.12.
Nicholson and the two Ithaca relays will compete for state titles Saturday, starting at noon at the same site.
Corning senior Peter Behan nearly earned a surprise berth in the championship finals of the 50 freestyle, falling one spot shy with a ninth-place effort of 21.51 seconds. He was seeded 24th with a top time of 21.94.
Behan also qualified for the consolation finals of the 100 freestyle with a 13th-place time of 47.34.
Lansing sophomore Joe Koch also finished one spot short of the championship finals with his ninth-place time of 4:39.01 in the 500 freestyle.
Schickel was 11th-fastest in the 50 freestyle (21.62) and 17th in the 100 free (47.41), qualifying for the consolation finals in each.
Horseheads senior Patrick Leslie qualified for the bonus finals in both the 100 freestyle and 200 freestyle. His 100 time of 47.76 ranked 24th and his 200 time of 1:44.68 was 19th.
Ithaca’s Miller will swim in the consolation finals of the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, with his 200 time of 1:44.16 ranking 15th and his 500 time of 4:41.76 12th.
Odessa-Montour senior Chris Husted qualified for the bonus finals in the 50 freestyle with a 19th-fastest time of 21.84. He was 27th-fastest in the 100 freestyle (47.99), with Corning’s Reid Cagir 40th event (49.06).
In the 100 breaststroke, FrostClapp advanced to the consolation finals with a 15th-fastest time of 59.22. Corning senior Devin Li tied for 26th (1:00.38), Waverly sophomore Josh Mastrantuono finished 33rd (1:00.61) and Maine-Endwell junior Chandler Krause 38th (1:01.62).
Joe Koch was 27th in the 200 freestyle (1:45.52), with Owego Free Academy’s Mitch Phelps 46th (1:48.68).
In the 100 backstroke, Moheed was 27th (54.35) and Maine-Endwell’s Franco Incitti 44th (55.86).
Maine-Endwell’s 200 freestyle relay of Hunter Brown, Nick Rogers, Jason Hill and Krause qualified for the consolation finals with a 12th-fastest time of 1:28.55.
Corning’s 200 freestyle relay of Li, Mitch Gonta, Cagir and Behan finished 18th (1:29.13) ; Maine-Endwell’s 200 medley relay of Incitti, Dylan Wasilnak, Krause and Brown tied for 18th (1:39.92); and Ithaca’s 200 free relay of Miller, Andrew Mikhailichenko, Charles Chang and David Korb was 32nd (1:31.82). Horseheads was disqualified in the 200 medley relay.
Lansing’s John Koch was 49th in the 200 individual medley (2:02.93).