Three locals shine in state swimming preliminaries

Clare Bosse, Our Lady of Lourdes swimming

Clare Bosse, Our Lady of Lourdes swimming

Franklin D. Roosevelt junior Amber Diehl, as well as Our Lady of Lourdes sophomore Clare Bosse and Roy C. Ketcham senior Heidi Simpfenderfer each will compete in the finals of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association girls swimming and diving championships on Saturday at Ithaca College.

Bosse qualified for two events. She took 11th in the 100-yard freestyle preliminaries on Friday, finishing the race in 52.48 seconds, and placed 16th in the 100 backstroke (57.94).

Diehl, a junior, took eighth in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.40).

Simpfenderfer placed 25th (1:56.95) in the 200 freestyle.

The top 30 finishers in each race advanced to the finals, which begin 10 a.m. Saturday.

“(Bosse’s) results are indicative of the work she puts in all year,” Lourdes coach Bill MacElveen said of the sophomore, who competed in both events at the state meet last year. “There’s no summer off. She’s swimming and training constantly.”

The New Paltz quartet of Bella Santos, Morgane Kuyl, Kaela Santos and Abigail Santos took 36th in the 200-yard medley relay, finishing in 1:53.45. That group also placed 45th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:43.30).

Kuyl, a senior, also took 55th in the 100 freestyle (55.25).

Arlington’s Brenna Hayes placed 40th in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.35) and 52nd  in the 100 butterfly (1:00.40). Teammate Rebecca Baione finished 43rd in the 100 butterfly (1:00.06). Abigail Santos, a sophomore, took 55th (1:00.66) and senior Kaela Santos was 57th (1:00.77) in the 100 butterfly.

”Clare is humble and doesn’t look at herself like, ‘I’m the bomb,’” MacElveen said. “But I know she’s excited and looking forward to this … As a sophomore, if she keeps going the way she has, the sky’s the limit.”

Stephen Haynes:, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

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