Leading off today:
Garden City senior Connor Brown
swept the distance freestyles Saturday to earn outstanding performer honors in the state swimming and diving championships at Ithaca College.
Brown's time of 4:27.46 in the 500-yard freestyle eclipsed the All-America standard a day after he went 4:28.88 in the preliminaries. He won the 200 free in 1:39.34 a day after qualifying with a 1:40.64. Both finals times are Section 8 records.
"I went to bed early, ate a good dinner, had a good breakfast and had a really nice warm-up," Brown told Newsday. "I knew in the warm-up that I was going to drop some time."
Brown was happiest with his finish in the 200 because he had already been a finalist three times in the 500.
"I dropped two seconds in the 200 free this year, which is a lot of time, so I knew coming in I could be a contender," he said.
Fellow Long Island competitor Gunther Cassell of Huntington/Harborfields set a state record of :54.51 en route to victory in the 100 breaststroke. Smithtown's Ben Cono had posted a :54.72 a year ago.
"I knew what the record was," Cassell said. "I was right next to Ben Cono when he did it."
Brockport senior Nick Olson and Brighton junior Noah Stevens rewrote the Section 5 record book on their way to individual overall wins, with Olson also snaring a Federation relay crown and second place in the 100 free.
Olson touched first in the 50 freestyle in :20.43 to lower a 16-year-old Section 5 record for the third time this season. Olson, who was disqualified from the sectional over an error in the entries procedure, said the experience gave him even more incentive for the state meet.
"It was definitely the motivation I needed," Olson told the Democrat and Chronicle. "I had so much energy going into it and knew I was going to get after it. As soon as I touched the wall I looked to the left and the right and no one was on either side. It was really exciting for me."
Olson teamed with Nathaniel Bartalo, Brandon Amthor and Joe Williams to set a sectional mark in the 200 freestyle relay and finish second overall and first in the NYSPHSAA.
Brighton's Stevens took the overall title in the 100 butterfly and earned a second-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, both in sectional-record times.
Gymnastics: Nyack's Amara Cunningham place first in the all-around at the NYSPHSAA girls gymnastics championships at Kenmore West.
Cunningham scored 38.3 in becoming the first Section 1 gymnast to place first in the all-around since Nanuet's Taylor Redmond in 2011. She finished first in the floor exercise with 9.725, second on the vault with 9.75, and second on the bars with 9.425.
"Her vault was near perfect, although the score didn't reflect it" coach Jamie Winkler said. "Her floor was the best she's done all year and her bars were very good. I could hear everyone talk about how good she was."
Cydney Crasa of Ward Melville placed first in the vault with a score of 9.825 and beam with a 9.575, and teammate Katie Bowe led the way on bars with a 9.45.
PSAL boys basketball: After losing to Abraham Lincoln in their first three meetings this season, Boys & Girls finally defeated its Brooklyn rival, edging the Railsplitters 55-54 in Saturday's PSAL AA quarterfinals.
Lincoln is ranked seventh in the state this week by the New York State Sportswriters Association.
"I wanted this so bad," Boys & Girls junior Gianni Ford