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.