Corning sophomore Angie McKane, Maine-Endwell senior Maria Pignatelli and Seton Catholic Central junior Ava Olsian advanced to championship finals Friday at the New York State Girls Swimming & Diving Championships at Ithaca College.
McKane will compete for state titles in the 50-yard freestyle and 100 butterfly Saturday at IC’s Athletics and Events Center. Pignatelli qualified for the championship race in the 100 breaststroke and Olsian made it in the 50 freestyle.
Swim finals start at 10:30 am Saturday. The top 10 qualifiers Friday advanced to championship races, swimmers in spots 11 to 20 qualified for consolation finals and those in positions from 20 to 30 advanced to a race, though some events had fewer bonuses than 30 competitors.
Diving concluded Friday’s competition later in the day and included three girls from Section 4: Owego’s Kaelyn Katchuk, Corning’s Brooke Terwilliger and Horseheads’ Emma Bachert.
Angie McKane breaks own records
McKane started her weekend in the 50 freestyle and finished in 23.74 seconds to rank fifth among all competitors. The time broke her Corning team record of 24.10 set earlier this season.
Her prelim time was 55.17 seconds in the 100 butterfly, which put her second behind USA National Junior Team member Tess Howley, a Sacred Heart junior. McKane’s seed time of 55.36 had been Corning’s team record.
Howley’s prelim effort of 52.06 was a state record, three-hundredths of a second faster than her top previous time this season, which already was good enough for All-America recognition. McKane’s time is worthy of All-America consideration.
Because Sacred Heart is not part of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, McKane was the top qualifier among public schools. There are two state titles in each event, one for Federation (overall) and one for public schools.
McKane also swam in the two freestyle relays along with Hawks teammates Carolyn Heckle, Kara Peters and Vanessa Turner. They were 22nd overall in both the 200 relay (1:41.92) and 400 relay (3:45.17). They earned spots in the bonus finals.
Maria Pignatelli squeezes into final
Pignatelli’s prelim time of 1:06.84 ranked 10th overall and ninth among public schools swimmers, giving her the final spot for the breaststroke championship race.
She came into the meet seeded seventh with a school-record time of 1:06.10. Pignatelli has ME team records in five other individual events.
In the 100 freestyle, Pignatelli’s prelim time of 52.88 qualified 12th, putting her in Saturday’s consolation race.
Ava Olsian earns shot at title in 50 freestyle
Olsian, who competes for the combined Binghamton/Seton team, was seeded 28th in the 50 freestyle with a top time of 24.68 but jumped to eighth in qualifying with Friday’s effort of 24.18 to join McKane in Saturday’s championship race.
Sabrina Johnston of Greeley led qualifiers in 22.75 seconds.
Later on Friday, Olsian posted a 100 freestyle time of 54.47 that ranked 34th.
Other Section 4 results
Two other Section 4 swimmers advanced to Saturday competition in the breaststroke. Watkins Glen/Odessa-Montour junior Faye Mooney qualified 18th in 1:07.99 and will compete in the consolation race. Chenango Valley senior Lindsey Rice was 23rd-fastest in 1:08.59 and advanced to the bonus race.
Rice joined Mikayla Bucci, Jenna Beck and Sidney Beers in ranking 21st in the 200 medley relay at 1:53.31. They will compete in the consolation heat.
Rice was 38th-fastest in the 200 individual medley in 2:17.04.
Corning’s Peters, a sophomore, advanced to the bonus race in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:00.64, which is ranked 29th.
Turner, a senior, also qualified for a bonus heat for Corning with her 26th-fastest 500 freestyle time of 5:23.93.
Ithaca jun Ilah Jefferis ranked 32nd in the butterfly at 59.58, leaving her as the second alternate for the bonus race.
Watkins Glen/OM sophomore Alannah Klemann finished 44th in the 100 backstroke in 1:03.57.
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