Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA — After an impressive league victory over Newfane on Thursday evening, first-year Medina boys swim coach Aaron Moessinger was all smiles. His swimmers had performed admirably against the Panther squad, winning seven of 11 races in route to a convincing victory that marked the first league win of Moessinger’s coaching career at Medina.
Still, the rookie coach wasn’t surprised to see his team’s inspired effort.
“It’s about where we expected to be,” Moessinger said. “But this ranks right up there with Oakfield-Alabama as our best meet of the season so far, with some of our best times. It’s pretty big to get this win in the league, and we’re pretty happy.”
Once the dust cleared, the Medina boys finished with a 93-75 victory over Newfane, improving to 1-1 in Niagara-Orleans League competition and 3-2 overall. The Mustang girls fell by a 102-68 margin to the perennially tough Newfane squad, and are now 0-2 in the league, 3-2 overall.
The Medina boys set the tone with a victory in the 200 medley relay, as the team of seniors Patrick Roberts and Kristian Snyder and juniors Derek Donley and Austin Brown won with a time of 2:04.64.
Medina sophomore Chase Pecoraro won the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:12.74, and Brown took the 100 butterfly at 1:09.15. Pecoraro also emerged victorious in the 500 freestyle, showing his capacity for endurance with a time of 6:23.27.
Once the Medina team of junior Austin Heil, Donley, Pecoraro and sophomore Damian Norrish won the 200 freestyle relay at 1:46.94, the Mustangs looked to be in good shape to secure the victory. Brown added insurance with a victory in the 100 backstroke at 1:14.84, and Medina rounded things off with a win in the 400 freestyle relay, courtesy of Heil, Pecoraro, Brown and Donley.
On the girls side, however, it was all Newfane, as coach Jim Cavaretta’s squad demonstrated its acumen in the water that has led to four consecutive N-O league titles, and quite possibly a fifth this season.
Cavaretta said his girls are already posting times comparable to end-of-season times last year, a feat that bodes well for the coming weeks of league competition.
“My swimmers make me look good,” Cavaretta joked after the meet’s conclusion.
Indeed, the Lady Panthers dominated the girls meet, to the tune of nine victories in the 11 races. Medina junior Krista Nellist did emerge victorious in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:13.64, and rising star sophomore Emma Gardner took the 50 freestyle at 28.83.
Despite the loss, veteran Medina coach Mary Dooley was not discouraged, knowing it’s early in the young season and that her young team has plenty of potential for improvement.
“We’re still trying to figure out where everybody fits in,” Dooley said. “We keep improving our times, and you can’t ask anything more of our girls; we just want to keep swimming faster. We knew about where we would be this year, with such a young team, so we can’t complain.”
At the meet’s conclusion, Moessinger wished Cavaretta the best of luck in next Tuesday’s meet that will pit Newfane against Roy-Hart, in a matchup of the N-O league’s dominant girls (Newfane) and boys (Roy-Hart) swim squads of the past few years.
Cavaretta made a point to note the respect he carries for Medina’s coaching staff, saying he wouldn’t be surprised to see the Mustangs join the ranks of the league’s top teams, sooner rather than later.
“Good coaches make good swimmers,” Cavaretta said. “And give a lot of credit to their coaches; there is a very good staff at Medina.”
Roy-Hart 105, Barker 53
BARKER — The Roy-Hart boys swim squad continues to rack up wins, remaining undefeated on the season with a convincing victory at Barker in a Niagara-Orleans League meet on Thursday evening.
Lyle Wagner stole the show for coach Bruce Matthews’ Rams, winning the 200 individual medley (2:19.89) and 100 butterfly (57.59) as an individual, and contributing to team victories in the 200 medley relay and meet-closing 400 freestyle relay.
Roy Phipps also had an illustrious day of work for the Rams, winning the 50 freestyle (23.54) and 100 freestyle (51.27), while joining Wagner on the winning 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Nich DiNardo won the 200 freestyle (1:59.42) and 500 freestyle (5:50.99), while also joining Wagner on the winning 400 freestyle relay team.
Barker did emerged victorious in the 200 freestyle relay, with the team of Casey and Collin Webb, John Stansbury and Tim Flint posting a time of 1:39.95.
Roy-Hart improves to 6-0 on the season, 2-0 in league play, while Barker falls to 5-1 overall, 1-1 in the league.
Albion 47, Akron 30
ALBION — With an inspired performance, the Purple Eagles gutted out their first victory in two years with a win over Akron in Niagara-Orleans League swim competition on Thursday evening.
Morgan Seielstad paced Albion with victories in the 200 freestyle (2:12.62) and 500 freestyle (5:57.48), demonstrating his capacity for endurance in helping the Purple Eagles build an early lead and maintain it.
Dan Beam of Albion won the 200 individual medley with a time of 3;10.45, and Tim Blue won the 100 freestyle at 1:04.59. Albion’s Bailey Maier emerged victorious in the 100 backstroke at 1:17.99, aiding the cause for coach Carlos Burroughs and the Purple Eagles.
Albion also won all three relay races, and Burroughs said afterward that the victory was well-deserved.
“Our boys swam pretty well,” Burroughs said. “They did what they needed to do.”
Albion improves to 1-1 in league competition, 1-5 overall.
Roy-Hart 102, Barker 67
BARKER — Reliable senior Calee Coleman led the Lady Rams with two individual victories and two as part of relay teams, as Roy-Hart remained undefeated on the season with a convincing victory over Barker in a Niagara-Orleans League meet on Thursday night.
Individually, Coleman won the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:48.86, while also emerging victorious in the 100 backstroke at 1:09.51. She also contributed to team victories in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Junior Lindsay Yates also had a landmark performance for coach Bruce Matthews’ Roy-Hart squad, winning the 50 freestyle (28.02) and 100 freestyle (1:01.95) as an individual, while joining the winning relay teams in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.
Barker’s Hayley Richbart won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:21.65, but other than that, it was all Roy-Hart.
The Lady Rams improve to 6-0 this season, 2-0 in league play, while Barker falls to 5-1 overall, 1-1 in the league.
Akron 72, Albion 22
ALBION — The Lady Tigers won 10 of 11 races, cruising to victory over Albion in a Niagara-Orleans League meet on Thursday evening.
Brooke Wilson won the 100 freestyle for Albion with a time of 1:05.97, but aside from that, it was all Akron.
Albion falls to 0-2 in league competition, 0-6 overall.