November 3, 2013

Plattsburgh dominates at the Section VII girl's swim championships

CLINTONVILLE — A disqualification in the first team relay was not how Plattsburgh was looking to start its day Saturday.

But, that proved to be lone hiccup for the Hornets as they followed with one second-place finish and then nine consecutive first-place finishes, including two pool records, at the Section VII swimming championships.

Plattsburgh recorded its third consecutive undefeated season by tallying up 366 points to win the Section VII crown.

Peru placed second with 255 points, AuSable Valley took third with 224 points, and Moriah finished fourth with 167 points.

After disqualifying in the 200-medley relay, the Hornets placed first in the next three team events and placed first in each individual event except for the 200-yard freestyle, which was won by the Patriots’ Emily McCormick.

“Right out of the gate I think we were on a downward spiral,” Plattsburgh coach Jay Ruff said. “So at the 50 freestyle we had a team meeting and knew we had to turn it around. We couldn’t let this affect what’s going to happen from that point on.”

Ruff’s words seemed resonate with his team, as they placed first in the next nine events. Their streak started with Brooke Kelly’s personal best and pool record time of 2:20.70 in the 200-yard IM. Teammate Kelsey Primard placed second behind Kelley at 2:40.05, followed by the Indians’ Ellie Silverman with 2:48.83.

“We were all excited. Our goal of the meet was to PR (personal record) and have fun,” Kelley said. “The team really pulled through ... it was just fantastic.”

In the 50-yard freestyle, Plattsburgh’s Amanda Leonard placed first with a time of 26.91, followed by fellow Hornet Toni Lavalley with a time of 27.44.

Alexis Kelley then placed first in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:05.34, followed by AuSable Valley’s Lydia Brown with a time of 1:08.50.

The Hornets would then place1-2-3 in the 100-yard freestyle, with Leonard coming in first once again with a time of 1:00.48. Lavalley and Jenna Burdo finished with times of 1:02.12 and 1:04.69, respectively.

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