After Wednesday’s Section 1 Swimming prelims, New Rochelle junior David Stewart said he would break 50 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly finals.
On Saturday, Stewart made good on his promise, swimming the race in 49.51 to win the Section 1 championship at Felix Festa Middle School. His time lowered the meet/Section 1 record he set on Wednesday.
“It feels great,” Stewart said. “With the finals being delayed to Saturday, I was able to use it to my advantage. I had two snow days to get some rest, prepare nutritionally and recover for the finals. My plan for the fly was to go out as fast as possible because I had nothing to lose. Surprisingly I broke 50.”
Stewart’s time in the fly is an automatic all-America time.
Stewart, the reigning Journal News Westchester/Putnam swimmer of the year, was the only swimmer to win titles in both of his individual events. He won the 200 freestyle in 1:41.45.
Led by Horace Greeley sophomore River Elms, who won the 500 freestyle, the Quakers went on to win their third straight Section 1 team title, scoring 271 points.
“It feels amazing,” Elms said. “I don’t know how to explain it. I took it out smooth and maintained my lead.”
“We’re excited to win for the third year in a row,” Quakers senior Thomas Smith said. “We came in with the motivation and we came out on top.”
Fox Lane finished second with 212 points. Junior Robert Purvis won the 200 individual medley and helped the 200 medley relay to the title.
“It’s so much better than we expected going into the season,” Purvis said. “In the (200 IM), I knew I had to get out way of ahead of (Christopher) Alpay (of Arlington) and I was able to do that.”
Scarsdale finished third with 210 points.
After finishing sixth in the 100 freestyle Wednesday, Keio senior Reo Mukudai picked up his first Section 1 title Saturday.
“My time was just OK,” Mukudai said. “I’m just happy to win.”
North Rockland won a Section 1 title in the 200 free relay for the second straight year with a state-qualifying time of 1:28.84. That relay came down to junior anchor TJ Devito as second-place Arlington stayed on the Red Raiders’ heels the entire race.
“I was so pumped up,” Devito said. “I saw them coming but I wasn’t going to let them beat us. I wanted to get first place so bad and we were going for the state cut. When I touched the wall, I was checking to see if we got the state cut and when I saw the time, I was so pumped.”
Ardsley’s Grant Buckland (50 free) and Byram Hills’ Charles McAuley (100 breaststroke) each won a Section 1 title.