Weekly Feature

2018-01-03 / Sports

Boys swimming tops West Seneca, finishes first in annual Quad Meet

Clarence’s boys swimming team was able to enter the holiday break with some good momentum on its side, thanks to a decisive 116-70 victory over West Seneca on Dec. 19 and a first-place showing at the annual Quad Meet that it hosts three days later.

Patrick Quealy was a triple winner for the Red Devils, helping guide them to victory with his first-place efforts in the 200 (2 minutes, 0.42 seconds) and 100 freestyles (55.21 seconds). He was also part of the winning 400 free relay, along with Shawn Suen, Nikita Andryvits and Joe Glichowski, that completed their race in 3:50.12.

Glichowski, who won the 100 butterfly in 1:01.90, was also part of the winning 200 medley relay, along with Andrei Tiu, Kevin Kong and Dom Darlak, that finished in 1:54.12. Kong and Tiu also won individual events for Clarence, with Kong placing first in the 100 breaststroke with his time of 1:09.87, and Tiu taking the 100 backstroke in 1:06.18.

Carter Diver’s 179.03 points gave him the victory in the diving portion of the meet.

“Last year, our meet against West Seneca was one we would like to forget; we swam poorly and lost a meet that we should not have,” coach Eric McClaren said. “This year was much different. The guys were better-prepared and more into the competition than last year.”

The Red Devils’ effort against West Seneca gave them a boost heading into the newly christened Maj. Andrew Byers Memorial Quad Meet with Orchard Park, Starpoint and East Aurora, which Clarence won by edging out Orchard Park by a 613-588 count. Clarence also teamed up with Starpoint to form a “North” team that beat the Orchard Park and East Aurora “South” team by a 1,123-1,095 margin, thanks to the Red Devils’ and Spartans’ efforts in the final relay of the meet.

Clarence’s best event was the 100 breaststroke, which saw Kong (1:10.68) finish second overall, just ahead of teammate Jack Guerinot (1:11.88) in third place. The Red Devils were nearly as effective in the diving competition, with Diver (180.37) and Landon Law (159.60) taking second and fourth place, respectively. Andryvits (24.54) and Tiu (24.66) took third and sixth place, respectively, in the 50 free, while Quealy (2:00.17) and Andy Porcelli (2:03.78) finished third and seventh, respectively, in the 200 free.

The Red Devils took fourth (Quealy, 54.08) and sixth (Andryvits, 55.01) in the 100 free, fourth (Glichowski, 1:01.82) and seventh (Suen, 1:06.14) in the 100 butterfly, and fourth (Suen, 2:18.54) and eighth (Guerinot, 2:24.17) in the 200 IM to add to their points collection. Rounding out Clarence’s individual efforts were Porcelli (seventh, 5:46.86) and Billy Flynn (10th, 5:59.16) in the 500 free, along with Tiu (eighth, 1:06.71) and Nick Muscarella (ninth, 1:08.19) in the 100 backstroke.

Clarence also took third (3:41.86) in the 400 free relay, as well as fourth in both the 200 free (1:39.88) and 200 medley relays (1:55.09). Quealy, Andryvits and Porcelli were all part of both free relays, with Suen filling out the 400 and Darlak filling out the 200. Darlak was also part of the medley relay, along with Kong, Tiu and Glichowski.

“This quad meet has been a highlight each year, with all of the swimmers and divers getting up for it,” McClaren said. “It is as much about bragging rights as anything else, and just like in the past few years we had another exciting and fun meet.”

Clarence returns to action this evening by traveling to Orchard Park for a meet that was originally scheduled to take place on Dec. 12. It closes out its week by hosting Frontier on Friday.

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