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2018-11-08 / Sports

Swim team qualifies two more for states

by TAYLOR NIGRELLI
Reporter


Sophomore Paige Salmon swims in the 500-yard freestyle at Section VI Championships at the University of Buffalo Friday. Salmon will be among the 12 Orchard Park girls who will compete at New York State Championships at Ithaca College this weekend. Photo by Tim Frenz Sophomore Paige Salmon swims in the 500-yard freestyle at Section VI Championships at the University of Buffalo Friday. Salmon will be among the 12 Orchard Park girls who will compete at New York State Championships at Ithaca College this weekend. Photo by Tim Frenz The Orchard Park girls swim team had yet another strong performances at Section VI Championships this past weekend, tying up some loose ends and getting some more girls qualified for the New York State Championship Meet.

The Lady Quakers already had quite the crew qualified for the state meet at Ithaca College this weekend, with at least one girl in all but one event. Julie Filipski and Mia Bogulski joined that group with their performances over the weekend. Filipski was fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:08.47. Meanwhile, Bogulski was fourth in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 59.67 seconds.

“They were really close after class championships. Julie was .09 away and Mia was .7,” Orchard Park coach Bret Norvilitis said. “We tried to get them to hang on to that taper as long as possible, which is hard, but it worked. They made it.”

The team mostly placed girls in off races and tried to get them some competition before the state meet, as the sectional meet is now unscored and most girls were already qualified for the state meet.

“It’s just a last chance to swim and qualify for states,” Norvilitis said. “There were three girls who were close to making it in individual events. As it turned out, we put a bunch of kids in off races. You don’t want kids racing in the same races over and over again in the event they’re going to do at states because I think they get a little burned out. We had them doing all sorts of different things. In addition to these two girls who made states, there were a couple girls who came really close in their off events to making states. It was a pretty good meet.”

This is one of the largest groups the team has brought to the meet, and those girls have qualified for multiple events and posted very good times. There’s a chance the team will be able to finish better than it did the past few years.

“It’s really hard to say because our goal is to make it to states and then hope that the kids do really well,” Norvilitis said. “But this year, with so many kids in so many events, I think we might have a chance to score really well as a team. But our goal is still the same. We got as many kids to states as possible and we just want to swim really well.”

In general, it’s been a strong year for the Lady Quakers. They went undefeated in league play and won the ECIC and Class A Championship Meets by several hundred points each.

“I’m completely thrilled with how well they did,” Norvilitis said. “I mentioned early in the year that I hoped that the juniors would step up as a class, and they really have. They’ve really done a good job. That’s something I was really pleased with. As a coach, I wouldn’t really say something like that to them. I don’t just tell girls that I expect them to step up, other than the seniors, who know they have an overall responsibility to lead. But this junior class really did a great job. That’s pretty exciting to me. I guess that means that the way we worked with the girls all year paid off. I have no complaints. I had no idea it would be this good. We were a good team last year, but I had no idea they were going to do so well. This is beyond my expectations.”

email: tnigrelli @beenews.com

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