HAMILTON WOMEN'S SWIMMING PLACES SECOND IN STATES
The Continentals, with 1132 points, finished behind only Ithaca College, whohad 1628 points. Union placed third with 1002 points.
There were several outstanding performance for Hamilton during the three daytournament, where the Continentals held second place after every session.Although no individual Hamilton swimmer or diver was crowned a New York StateChampion, the Continentals held their own in most of the events.
On the first day, the 200 Freestyle relay team of sophomore Amy Ryan(Wellesley Hills, MA/Newton Country Day), freshman Jennifer Kunz (),sophomore Holly Brown (Binghamton, NY/Elmira Free Academy), andsophomore Meghan Steed (Fairport, NY/Pittsford-Sutherland) finishedsecond with a time of 1:40.17. In the 200 Individual Medley, Brownplaced third with a time of 2:13.53, while freshman Emily Pietropalo(Victor, NY/Victor) finished at 2:15.09, good for sixth place. In the 50freestyle, Kunz finished third (25.15) while Steed placed sixth(25.29). The 400 Medley relay team of senior Maura Gorman (Larchmont,NY/Ursuline School), senior Lisa Horner (Piedmont, CA/Piedmont),Pietropalo and Steed finished third with a mark of 4:08.37
In the One-meter diving competition Freshman Emily Coleman (St. David's,PA/Radnor) finished in fourth place with a score of 313.55. Hamiltonfinished Thursday's competition with 364.50 points as a team.
On Friday, the 200 Medley relay team of Gorman, Horner,Steed, and Kunz placed third with a time of 1:53.40,Pietropalo finished seventh in the 400 Individual medley (4:49.96),Brown placed third in the 200 freestyle (1:59.54), Hornerfinished the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.79, good for seventh place,while Gorman, in perhaps the most exciting race of the weekend, finishedsecond in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.09, just two-hundredths of asecond back of the winner. Brown, Pietropalo, Gorman andfreshman Erica Ball (Niskayuna, NY/Niskayuna) combined to finish the 800freestyle relay with a time of 8:04.56, good for third place.
Going into the championship's final day, Hamilton, trailing first place Ithacaby over 300 points, concentrated on holding onto second place and their44-point lead over Union. Freshman Lauren Ivison (Del Mar, CA/MidlandSchool) started things off right for the Continentals with a fifth placefinish in the 1650 freestyle (18:18.63), while Ball finished the sameevent in ninth place at 18:34.52. Gorman placed third in the 200backstroke with a time of 2:12.34, while Brown (55.01) and Steed(55.25) placed fourth and fifth respectively in the 100 freestyle.Horner had a time of 2:29.99 in the 200 breaststroke (fifthplace) and Pietropalo placed fourth in the 200 butterfly with a time of2:18.62. And in the New York State Championships final event, the 400 Freestylerelay team of Gorman, Brown, Steed, and Kunzfinished second with a time of 3:43.51.
In the Three-meter diving competition, Coleman finished in fifth placewith 317.42 points while Korey O'Malley (Liverpool, NY/Liverpool) placeeighth with 300.00 points.