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2018-03-07 / Sports

Clough, Hong lead East boys swimming at state meet


Sweet Home senior Patrick Hayter was named recipient of the Section VI Sportsmanship Award at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island. The award is given to one competitor from each section across the state. Sweet Home senior Patrick Hayter was named recipient of the Section VI Sportsmanship Award at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island. The award is given to one competitor from each section across the state. Freshman Andrew Clough and senior Bryan Hong led Williamsville East’s place finishers at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Boys Swimming Championships Friday and Saturday at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island.

Clough took seventh in the 500-yard freestyle finals in 4 minutes, 40.44 seconds, breaking his own school record.

Hong took 11th in the 50 free in 21.47, a hair off his best time.

Andrew Clough also took 13th in the 200 free in 1:43.79.

The 200 medley relay of Andrew Clough, junior Will Eaton, senior Michael Clough and Hong took 14th in 1:38.51. Hong’s 21.07 50 free split time is the fastest in school history. In prelims, the relay took 13th in a season best time of 1:38.11.

Michael Clough finished 29th in the 100 fly prelims in 52.86 and finished 22nd in finals in 53.61. He also took 46th in the 100 back in 55.70.

The 200 free relay of Hong, Eaton, junior John Kraus and senior Dylan Kim placed 22th in 1:30.52.

The 400 free relay of Hong, Eaton, Michael Clough and Andrew Clough took 15th in 3:14.84, a new school record. Hong (48.1) and Eaton (49.50) are all-time personal best splits. Michael Clough’s split time of 49.29 was his best of the year and Andrew Clough’s split time of 47.86 was just off his personal best.

Overall, East coach Mike Doerfler said it was a good finish to a great year.

“We improved our times a little bit,” he said. “Usually if you can maintain your times, you are going to move up in the places where you are seeded in.”

East finished the year undefeated in the regular season, won the Class A section title for the first time and set six school records: 50, 200 and 500 free, 200 IM, and the 200 and 400 free relays.

Sweet Home

Senior Patrick Hayter was named recipient of the Section VI Sportsmanship Award, which is voted on by all coaches.

The award is given to one competitor from each section across the state.

Hayter finished in a three-way tie for 33rd in the 100 free in 48.79 and tied for 54th in the 50 free in 22.53.

The 200 medley relay of sophomore Alec Sedki, senior Matthew Ciminelli, senior Jordan Chatelle and Hayter took 47th in 1:42.57.

Chatelle placed 55th in the 200 IM in 2:06.63. Ciminelli placed 36th in the 100 breast in 1:01.73.

Williamsville South

Junior Nick D’Arrigo took 40th in the 200 IM in 2:00.87 and 45th in the 100 back in 55.57.

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