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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Some of Lockport's top State qualifiers (from left): Sam Murphy, Mark Crocker, and Luke Menges. (CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS)


Madison Fragale works on a state qualifying time.
The Lockport YMCA Stingrays traveled to Maryvale High School to swim their best meet of the season.

In a three-way meet Dec. 6 that included Olean and Independent Health, Coach Tim Menges had his swimmers in high gear, and they responded with personal best times virtually across the board. "We are extremely proud of all of our swimmers today. Even those that didn't end up in first, still put up some very impressive times. It truly shows how hard these young men and women are working."

Mark Crocker and Madelyn Timkey posted personal best times in all three of their individual events. Already qualified for States, Crocker continues to improve with three first place finishes (200 Free, 100 Free, & 50 Back), while Timkey's top times were swam in the 100 IM, 50 Free, and 50 Back. In more first place finishes, Luke Menges dropped an amazing 9.24 seconds off his 50 Fly and 5.92 seconds off his 200 Free, and Luke Genewick crushed his 100 IM time by over 10 seconds.

Other first place finishers notching personal bests were: Gina Artieri (200 IM), Riley Adams (200 IM & 100 Free), Ava Thompson (100 IM), Jessica Sacco (100 Fly), Madison Fragale (100 Free & 50 Breast), Laurel Creamer (25 Free), Zackary Santarsiero (25 Fly), Ryan Santarsiero (50 Breast), Lauren Quirk (100 Free), Jack Strong (100 Free), and Liam Timkey (25 Breast).

Coach Menges also noted the efforts of Angela Papiernik and McKenzie Ross. Papiernik shaved off a few seconds in both the 50 Free and 50 Breast, while Ross was noted to swim a strong second leg of the 200 Free Relay.

The Stingrays next travel to Rochester for an Invitational Meet on December 27-28, and will then be Home on January 10th at the Lockport High School (1pm).

Keeping warm between heats are (from left): Luke St. Amore, Ramsey Ross, and McKenzie Ross.

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