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2009-12-23 / Sports

SHAQ earn high honors at STAR invite

Thirteen Sweet Home Aquatics swimmers were among those invited to participate in the STAR Invitational Swim Meet Dec. 10-13.

Seven of them achieved “high point” status, having accumulated significant total points from strong finishes in each of their events. They include Jack Boyd, 14; Kelly Burns, 10; Paige Gutowski, 17; Patrick Hayter, 9; Anthony Mariniello, 10; Anna Rubino, 12; and Julianna Sebastian, 12.

The STAR Invitational is a highly competitive meet, bringing only the best swimmers from across the Northeast. Long Island, Berkeley, Syracuse and Albany, as well as New Jersey and Lansing and Flint, Mich., were well-represented.

Gutowski took third place in the girls open 100 and 200 breaststroke and fourth in the 100 back. Boyd achieved personal-best times and finished fourth in the boys 13-14 500 and 1,000 free and claimed fifth in the 200 free.

In the boys 10-and-under class, Mariniello took sixth in the 100 back and Hayter claimed seventh in the 200 free.

In the girls 12-and-under class, Rubino finished sixth in the 50 free and ninth in both the 50 back and fly. Sebastian secured seventh in both the 50 and 100 free and 10th in the 100 fly.

The other SHAQ swimmers honored to participate were Danielle Dembrow, 14; Connor Hoffman, 17; Emily Keem, 13; Lauren Losi, 16; Theresa Munroe, 14; and Elizabeth Petrella, 10.

SHAQ has success at

championship meet

Six Sweet Home Aquatics swimmers participated in the 2009 Niagara 14-and-Under Power Point Championship meet held Dec. 4-6 at Monroe Community College.

First-place honors went to Emma Weber, 14, in the 200 breaststroke and Emily Keem, 13, in the 500 freestyle in their respective age category.

Keem also took third in the 200 back and fourth in the 200 free.

Sarah Krupp, 12, finished second in both the 200 back and the 200 free.

Ally Denewiler, 14, trimmed time off her 200 breast to finish fourth.

Ryan Hayter, 11, finished second in the 200 IM and third in the 200 back, 200 free, and 50 fly. George Meyerhofer, 14, finished sixth in the 500 and 100 free.

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