Weekly Feature

2018-02-07 / Sports

Boys swim team places fifth at ECICs

Clarence’s boys swimming team recorded what coach Eric McClaren called “clearly our best meet of the year” in Friday and Saturday’s annual ECIC “AA” Championships at Sweet Home, as the Red Devils finished fifth out of the 12 teams competing in the meet.

Orchard Park took the team title with 367 points, with Clarence finishing with 181 points.

Carter Diver and Landon Law represented the Red Devils in Friday’s diving portion of the meet, with Diver placing fourth — just two points out of second place — with his score of 336.70 points. Law placed sixth with 315.40 points.

All three relays finished in the top eight, led by the sixth-place finish (3 minutes, 38.04 seconds) in the 400 freestyle relay by Andy Porcelli, Billy Flynn, Patrick Quealy and Nikita Andriyets. Quealy and Andriyets also teamed up with Dom Darlak and Joe Glichowski to place seventh (1:36.75) in the 200 free relay, while Glichowski and Darlak also teamed up with Andrei Tiu and Kevin Kong to place eighth (1:50.06) in the 200 medley relay.

In individual events, Clarence was represented by four competitors in three races: the 200 free, the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke. The Red Devils had the most success in the 100 breaststroke, with Jack Guerinot placing seventh (1:08.88), Kong ninth (1:09.27), Sean Suen 18th (1:12.30) and Matt Boundy 20th (1:12.42).

Quealy (1:57.08) also gave Clarence a seventh place finish in the 200 free, followed by Porcelli in 13th (2:01.18), Flynn in 19th (2:04.57) and Matt Sausen in 21st (2:05.90). In the 50 free, Clarence saw Andriyets finish 10th (23.86 seconds), Tiu place 12th (23.99), Darlak take 24th (25.05) and Glichowski place 28th (25.24).

Quealy (52.66) and Andriyets (53.61) took eighth and 11th, respectively, in the 100 free, while Glichowski took 10th (1:00.08) in the 100 butterfly. Porcelli (13th, 5:30.77) and Flynn (16th, 5:40.80) trimmed four and nine seconds, respectively, off their best times in the 500 free, while Tiu placed 15th (1:04.57) in the 100 backstroke.

Guerinot (16th, personal best 2:19.65) and Suen (18th, 2:20.84) rounded out Clarence’s efforts with their respective performances in the 200 IM. Guerinot’s time was a 4.30 second drop from his previous best effort.

“I’m definitely hoping that how we performed this past weekend in ECICs sets us up for additional fast swims in Saturday’s upcoming Class A Championships at Maryvale, and at next Thursday and Friday’s Sectional Championships at UB,” McClaren said.

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