WEST NYACK – It was just another day at work for Pelham freshman Kate Douglass at Tuesday’s Section 1 championships at Felix Festa Middle School.
Douglass became the Section 1 champion in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.15 seconds, which is an automatic All-America cut and a new Section 1 record. She won the Section 1 title in the 100-breaststroke in 1:02.14, which is a new Section 1 record and another automatic All-America cut as well as a new public school record.
“It was really exciting,” Douglass said. “I got best times in all my events. I was really happy with that. It’s all very exciting and I think I’ll do even better at states.”
As a member of the 200 free relay, Douglass and teammates Jane Bryce, Sarah Dunbar and Madison Hartigan set a new Section 1 record in an All-America consideration time of 1:36.49. The 400 free relay finished second in a time of 3:31.99.
Swimmer of the meet: The understudy to Douglass’s headlining act was Horace Greeley senior Emma Hadley, who retained her Section 1 title in the 100-backstroke with a time of 54.62 seconds lowering her Section 1 record from last year, an automatic All-America time. She won the 100-butterfly title as well in a time of 55.84 seconds, which is in consideration for All-America. She helped lead the Quakers to their fourth-straight Section 1 title.
Records fall: There was two other records set at the meet in the relays. The Fox Lane 200 medley relay of Maureen O’Sullivan, Margaret Kleinsmith, Jamie Lee and Noelle Kaufman set a new Section 1 record in the event with a time of 1:47.33. The Ursuline 400 free relay edged out Pelham to set a new Section 1 record in a time of 3:30.54. In Friday’s diving, Pelham freshman Jennifer Bell won the title scoring 528.05 points setting a new record.
Top times: Mamaroneck senior Nicole Parry won the 100 free title for the second straight year in a time of 52.54 seconds.
Quotable: “I was really nervous about it,” Pelham sophomore Madison Hartigan said of her 200 free championship race. “Once I dove in and started swimming, I felt good and really strong.”