February 9, 2014

Plattsburgh rolls to Section VII/X swim title

CLINTONVILLE — Led by a strong senior class, Plattsburgh dominated the Section VII/X finals Saturday in boys’ swimming.

“I’m really proud of these guys, they had a great meet,” Hornets coach Pat Goodell said. “They individually improved on their record times and all the hard work they did during the offseason really paid off (Saturday).”

Plattsburgh placed first with 421 points, followed by Franklin Academy with 272, then AuSable Valley and Beekmantown took third and fourth place, respectively, with the Patriots accumulating 255 points and the Eagles 10.

Matt Evans and Spencer Hall each took home first in both of their two individual events. Evans with a time of 22.81 seconds touched first in the 50-yard freestyle, while beating his own pool record set earlier this season in the 100-yard freestyle, touching in at 50.57 seconds.

The most memorable event of the night might be after Evans received the first-place ribbon for the 50-yard freestyle, he encouraged teammate Brett Rotz to accept the award on his behalf. Rotz was then embraced with a loud applause.

“I was hoping for it (to beat the pool record again) and I did it, which was nice,” Evans said.

Hall finished first in the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly, with times of 2:18.65 and 1:00.54, respectively.

“(I’m) extremely happy; it’s my first time going for an individual event. I’m really excited,” Hall said. “I have swam in those events all four years and it feels so good to finally be able to go to sectionals for them.”

Kenny Hausrath and Jeremy Carpenter are the other two Hornets who placed first in their respective individual events.

Hausrath touched first at the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:01.76, while Carpenter won the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:08.86.

“I think I did really good, got a couple of personal records,” Carpenter said. “It’s a little bittersweet though because this is my last sectional meet ever.”

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