WEST NYACK – Horace Greeley junior Emma Hadley knew she wanted to leave her mark on Section 1 by the time she graduated, and after Wednesday’s Section 1 championships, she’s off to a good start.
Hadley, en route to repeating as the 100-yard backstroke champion, added her name to the record books by setting a meet record in the event (55.57 seconds). She helped the Quakers’ 200 medley relay (including Olivia Lyman, Erica Silverman and Isabella Weiner) begin the meet with a meet record (1:48.58).
“It wasn’t about the time, it was about breaking the 56 seconds,” Hadley said of the 100 back. “I knew going into the meet that the record was .06 faster then what I swam last year. That was something I wanted to take down. Hopefully, I’ll make more marks at states.”
Hadley’s backstroke time made automatic all-America status.
Her contributions helped the Quakers win their third straight Section 1 team title at Felix Festa Middle School, scoring 363 points. Fox Lane took second (266) and Clarkstown finished third (239).
“It’s amazing,” the Quakers’ Kasia Malendowicz said. “This is my second year on the team and second straight sectional champs. I’m really happy. It’s a great group of girls and the energy was amazing.”
Malendowicz won the title in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:55.01, in consideration for all-America status.
There were two swimmers who won both of their individual events — Mamaroneck junior Nicole Parry (50 and 100 free) and Pelham eighth-grader Kate Douglass (200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke).
Douglass’ times in both events were in consideration for all-America status. She, along with teammates Madison Hartigan, Sarah Dunbar and Jane Bryce, set a Section 1 record in the 400 free relay (3:32.9), which is in consideration for all-America status as well.
“I was really excited with my times,” Douglass said. “Especially to do it as a team. It’s really exciting to break the record together.”
It hasn’t settled in yet for Parry that she’s the Section 1 champion in the sprint events.
“It’s kind of weird but I’m so happy,” Parry said. “I worked hard for it.”
Clarkstown finished with all three of its relays in the top three. including the 200 free relay, which took the top spot.
Erica Silverman of Horace Greeley swims the breast stroke leg of the 200 yard individual medley during the Section 1 swim championships at Felix Festa Middle School in West Nyack Nov. 5, 2014.
“We came in with the mentality of doing our best and giving it our all,” Clarkstown senior Briana Keaveney said. “We all did better than what we did throughout the season. Everyone needs to figure out somewhere we could drop time.”
The 70-member Section 1 team heads up to Ithaca College for the state and Federation championships, beginning on Nov. 21 with the swimming preliminaries and diving tournament. The finals are Nov. 22.