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Friedrich headed back to state swim meet

Sectional recap

Gavin Friedrich of AuSable Valley will compete in the 200 and 500 free at the NYSPHSAA championships

Gavin Friedrich of AuSable Valley will compete in the 200 and 500 free at the NYSPHSAA championships Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Gavin Friedrich still has two races left in his varsity swimming career.

The AuSable Valley senior captured the 200 and 500 free titles at the Section VII/X boys swimming championships at his home pool Feb. 8.

Cruising to the 500 title in a time of 5:29.87 - almost one minute ahead of the next fastest swimmer - it was a closer race for the 200, where Friedrich touched the wall in 1:59.43, three seconds ahead of the next swimmer.

For Friedrich, it marked a 10-plus second improvement in the event through the season.

“I entered the season swimming the event with a 2:09,” Friedrich said. “Last week I swam it and was down to a 2:03. I thought that this was going to be a close race and my goal was to get under two minutes and in the end I gave it my all.”

The two wins will return Friedrich to the state championship meet, being held at the Webster Aquatic Center Feb. 28 through March 1.

Mark Whitney was a fingernail within a trip to Webster, being out-touched by .15 seconds in the 100 backstroke.

Indoor track

Jonathan Gay of Westport claimed a Section VII championships Feb. 8, scoring a win in the 1,000 race in a time of 2:44.7. The one-man track team also scored a third place finish in the 1,600, ending with a total of 16 team points which putting him in sixth place in the team points.

The AuSable Valley Patriots finished with 11 points as seventh-grader David Vicaro was sixth in 1,000 in 3:07.8 and ninth in 1,600 in 5:12.2. Zachary Lawrence was eighth in 3,200 in 13:04.0, while the 4-by-400 relay of Desmond Fout, Eric Potthast, Riley Smith and Vicaro was fifth in 4:47.8.

In the girls event, The Lady Patriots also earned 11 points as Ashlee Estes was third in high jump at 4-feet, 6 inches. She was also sixth in long jump at 14-feet, 4-inches and seventh in 55 hurdles with a time of 11.6. Haley Passino was seventh in high jump at 4-feet, 2-inches as Jessica Malskis was 19th in the 3,000 in 14:34.3.

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