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Liverpool swimmers roar past West Genny

Roche breaks own school record in diving; Hens sweeps sprints

Liverpool’s Dan Roche twice set the school record for the boys diving event in a single meet in a three-day span. He had 303.95 points against Syracuse and improved to 313.90 points Friday during the Warriors’ 103-76 victory over West Genesee.

Liverpool’s Dan Roche twice set the school record for the boys diving event in a single meet in a three-day span. He had 303.95 points against Syracuse and improved to 313.90 points Friday during the Warriors’ 103-76 victory over West Genesee. Scott Schild

— In an emphatic manner, the Liverpool boys swim team ended a six-year drought against West Genesee.

The Warriors maintained a squeaky clean record Friday night, moving to first place (5-0) in the CNY Counties League with a 103-76 win over the Wildcats.

Liverpool placed first in eight of the first 10 events and their points were never threatened. In the process, diver Dan Roche set a school record of 313.9, beating his own score of 303.95 set against Syracuse just two days earlier. Nick Matthews and Joe Whaley completed a 1-2-3 Warrior sweep.

Not to be outdone, WG's Colin Zapisek clocked a state-qualifying time of 1:47.52 in the 200 freestyle, but that was one of the few times where the Wildcats could stop the Warriors' charge.

The meet began with a key victory for the Warriors as Nick Burdo, Garrett Clarke, Troy Miller and Dan Hens took the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:39.99, just 0.01 seconds off their section-best time.

Following that up, Clarke eased to victory in the 200 individual medley in 2:03.31, clocking in a full four seconds ahead of West Genesee’s Jake Mullett with the best Section III time in the event this year.

Hens took the 50 freestyle with another season-best time of 22.79 seconds as the Wildcats’ Dave Whiting out-touched Drew Henry for second place. Whiting also won the 100 butterfly on the other side of the diving break, barely beating teammate Matt O’Donnell, 55.69 seconds to 55.79.

In the night’s closest race, the 100 freestyle, Hens was a slight 0.06 seconds quicker to the wall than Zapisek. His time of 49.43 seconds is the second-fastest in the section behind teammate Nick Burdo.

Miller, Matt Petit, and Liam and Drew Henry clocked a season-best time of their own, winning the 200 freestyle relay in 1:36.09.

In possession of a commanding 92-47 after nine events, Warriors coach Mike Ferrell put in exhibition swimmers for the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke. But Henry, Clarke, Hens and Burdo returned for the finishing 400 freestyle relay and yet another victory in 3:20.74, again setting a season-best sectional mark.

WG hosts Cicero-North Syracuse next Tuesday, while Liverpool travels to Nottingham's pool to face Fayetteville-Manlius Wednesday night.

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