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Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016: Douglass, Romano share top swim meet honor

   Leading off today: Pelham's Kate Douglass and Long Beach's Kristen Romano shared swimmer of the meet honors Saturday during the girls state championships at Ithaca College.

   Douglass added to her resume by winning the 50- (:22.31) and 100-yard freestyle (:48.54). Her 50 freestyle performance was one-tenth of a second off the state record she set in Friday's preliminaries and her 100 freestyle clocking was three-tenths better than her record-setting effort a day earlier.

   Douglass also helped Pelham to second place in the 200 freestyle relay and third in the 400.

   Romano set NYSPHSAA and Federation records in the 100 butterfly (:53.13), topping the 1990 mark of :54.35 by Scotia's Richelle Depold, and the 100 backstroke (:53.36) after beginning her day by helping the Long Beach 200 medley relay to another state record (1:43.21). She capped off the performance by swimming on the winning 400 free relay.

   Lindsay Stone of Pittsford set a state record of 1:47.39 in the 200 freestyle and stalked her own mark in winning the 500 free in 4:47.31. She followed up by helping the Panthers capture the 200 free relay and was part of the 400 free quartet that placed second.

   Maggie Aroesty of Long Beach also enjoyed a big day. She won her third 200 individual medley crown, the 100 breaststroke -- for the fourth time -- in :59.85 to lower her state record and as part of the same two relays as Romano.

   "Wow. Pinch me," Long Beach coach John Skudin told Newsday. "It was a great voyage, and I just enjoyed the ride."

    • There's a link to the full finals results in the stack of links atop the second column of this blog.

   Federation cross country: Saratoga sophomore Kelsey Chmiel continued her superb season by winning the Federation girls cross country championship at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.

   Chmiel, undefeated on the season and the NYSPHSAA Class A champion, won in 18:10.2 to hold off North Rockland freshman Katelyn Tuohy (18:21.2) and Rush-Henrietta senior Sammy Watson (18:27.3).

   North Rockland coasted to the team championship with 75 points, ahead of Shenendehowa (125) and Saratoga (153). Saratoga had won 22 of the 27 previous team titles.

   Watkins Glen (145) fought off Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake (154) for the boys team championship. Guilderland's Noah Carey was the individual champ in 16:06, followed by Davone Hernandez of Rose Free Academy (16:12.2).

   The top Watkins Glen finisher was Patrick Hazlitt in 12th place in 16:33.5.

   Boys volleyball: Penfield brought home Section 5's sixth Division I title in the seven-year history of the NYSPHSAA tournament by beating Smithtown West 25-15, 25-18, 25-22 in the final at Suffolk County Community College.

   Tournament MVP Jack Bittker had 40 kills and Jordan Solomon piled up 95 assists on the day, which began with a 4-0 record in pool-play games.

   Eastport-South Manor won Division II with an 18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-22 margin over Spencerport in the final.

   Girls volleyball: Eden steamrolled its was into Sunday's Class C final and a shot at its eighth straight state championship.

   The Raiders swept Pawling (25-11, 25-13), Galway (25-13, 25-6) and East Rockaway (25-8, 25-7) in pool play and will take on Pawling again in the final in Glens Falls.

   "The way we do things, we don't really care what's going on on the other side of the net," coach Stephen Pierce,


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  • who'll retire after the final, told The Buffalo News. "We're going to do things the same way whether it's a big (Class) AA school -- which we play during the year -- or a school our size."

       Kings Park will play for the Class A championship after following one of the oddest paths to the final in the history of the tournament.

       The Kingsmen went just 2-4 in pool play but emerged from a three-team playoff to earn a spot opposite Walter Panas on Sunday.

       "We've come here for five years, and every year we have to go home and say, 'Yeah, we finished third again,'" coach Ed Manly told Newsday. "Just to get over the hump and get to this game is so huge for the kids."

       Kings Park, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake and Williamsville East all finished a modest 2-4 in pool play to force the playoff, with Williamsville East receiving the first-round bye based on points differential.

       Kings Park topped Burnt Hills 25-13 and then eliminated Williamsville 25-17 to advance.

       The finals pairings:

    • Class AA: Penfield vs. Connetquot.
    • Class A: Kings Park vs. Walter Panas.
    • Class B: Honeoye Falls-Lima vs. Owego.
    • Class C: Eden vs. Pawling.
    • Class D: Argyle vs. Panama.
       More to come: I'll get the football playoff brackets updated this morning, followed by a recap of some of Saturday's grid highlights across the state.

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