The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

November 27, 2013

Medina swimming splits season opener as dual-coach era begins

HS SWIMMING: Albion swept; Barker and Roy-Hart score victories

By Kevin Prise
Medina Journal-Register

ALEXANDER —

In Monday evening’s season-opening meet at Alexander, the Medina swimming sideline consisted of two head coaches. After 12 years of Mary Dooley leading both the boys and girls squads, Aaron Moessinger made his debut as head boys swim coach, while Dooley remained as leader of the girls team.

With this arrangement, Dooley was able to focus her attention on coaching up her girls throughout the evening, while Moessinger focused on instructing the boys in technique, pacing and so forth.

The girls opened strong with an easy 71-23 victory over Alexander, while the boys fell to a tough Trojan squad — which captured the Genesee Region League title last season — by a 76-25 margin. The meet marked the first of a series of non-league crossover meets between the Niagara-Orleans and G-R leagues, which serve to warm swimmers up for league play later in the year.

Sophomore Emma Gardner led the Medina girls with victories in the 200 freestyle (2:24.95) and 100 butterfly (1:14.76) races, while senior Emilee Austin emerged victorious in the 50 freestyle (29.66) and 500 freestyle (7:15.81). Max Wright won the 100 freestyle (1:06.99), while Haylee Cogovan took the 100 breaststroke (1:23.94) and Krista Nellist took the 100 backstroke (1:15.18).

Dooley said after the meet that it was strange not to be in charge of the boys team, but that she obviously still roots just as hard for them — and that the arrangement should immediately improve the overall quality of the Seahorse program.

“I miss the boys already,” Dooley said in jest. “But we’re all the same team, really, and having two coaches will give our swimmers more coaching and individual coaching. It should help our program right away.”

For the boys, Medina junior Austin Brown won the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:39.58. The team of Brown, sophomore Chase Pecoraro, junior Derek Donley and junior Austin Heil also performed admirably in the 200 freestyle relay, taking second place with a time of 1:46.79.

Pecoraro came in second in the 100 freestyle, and Donley took runner-up honors in the 50 freestyle.

In other girls performances of note, senior Samantha Wendling took second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:19.99, and junior Amanda McCauley took second in the 500 freestyle at 7:21.99. Sophomore Andrea Toussaint came in second in the 100 butterfly, and eighth-grader Alyssa Beyers was runner-up in the 100 freestyle.

So, when it was all said and done, the boys struggled but competed hard against a very worthy opponent, while the girls turned in a well-rounded and impressive showing in the season opener. The coaches were providing encouragement and clapping the whole way, along with the rest of the lineup, as everyone supported each other from the sidelines.

Dooley said before the season that the team was bonding to a greater degree than most of her previous squads. If that continues to be the case, this should prove to be a fun and successful winter season for the Seahorses.

Around the League

BOYS SWIMMING

Roy-Hart 106, Byron-Bergen 60

BERGEN — Roy-Hart swimming coach Bruce Matthews said before the season that his team’s experience should come in handy over the winter months.

It sure looked that way in the season opener on Monday evening. The Roy-Hart boys team had three double winners, as the Rams cruised to a 106-60 victory over Byron-Bergen in a non-league meet. 

It was a senior-laden effort for Matthews’ squad, as senior Nich DiNardo emerged victorious in both the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Senior Roy Phipps earned winning honors in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, while senior Lyle Wagner – fresh off the soccer field — won the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.

Roy-Hart is now a win away from its 100th consecutive regular-season victory. The Rams aim for that achievement next Tuesday, in a 4:30 p.m. home contest against Attica.

Roy-Hart improves to 1-0 on the young season, while Byron-Bergen drops to 0-1.

Barker 67, Pembroke 26

PEMBROKE — The Raiders opened the season strong with an easy victory at the Pembroke pool, in a N-O/G-R crossover meet on Monday evening.
Casey Webb led Barker’s efforts as a double winner, emerging victorious in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
Barker improves to 1-0 in 2013-14, while Pembroke drops to 0-1.

Oakfield-Alabama 44, Albion 23

OAKFIELD — Coach Carlos Burroughs’ Purple Eagles squad hung tough in the season opener but couldn’t come up with the victory, falling at Oakfield in a non-league meet on Monday evening.
Morgan Seielstad led the Albion squad with a victory in the 500 freestyle, as the Purple Eagles fall to 0-1 on the year. Oakfield-Alabama improves to 1-0.

GIRLS SWIMMING

Roy-Hart 113,Byron-Bergen 53

BERGEN — Senior Calee Coleman turned in a double-win effort for the Lady Rams, as Roy-Hart cruised to a season-opening victory over Byron-Bergen in a non-league meet on Monday evening.

Coleman earned winning honors in the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle, while junior Lindsay Yates won both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.

Roy-Hart improves to 1-0 on the season, while Byron-Bergen drops to 0-1.

Barker 55, Pembroke 39

PEMBROKE — Emma Jenks led the Lady Raiders by earning wins in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, as Barker opened the season on the right foot with a victory over Pembroke in a non-league meet on Monday evening.
Barker improves to 1-0 this season, while Pembroke falls to 0-1.

Oakfield-Alabama 53, Albion 39

OAKFIELD — The Lady Purple Eagles’ Brooke Wilson was a double winner, but Albion dropped its season opener in a non-league contest on Monday evening.
Wilson emerged victorious in both the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, as Albion falls to 0-1 on the season. Oakfield-Alabama improves to 1-0.