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Phenomenal Team Effort Leads To First Section 9 Swim Championship

MONTGOMERY – Pardon the obvious pun, but the key to winning the Section 9 Girls Swim Championship is depth.

And that’s exactly how New Paltz High School made history.

The Huguenots won the first girls swim title in school history on Saturday, taking sectionals with a complete, well-rounded team effort Saturday at Valley Central High School.

New Paltz accumulated 302 points, 52 better than runner-up Monroe-Woodbury. Newburgh finished sixth, Roosevelt was eighth, Kingston ninth, Highland 10th, Rhinebeck 13th, Wallkill 16th, and Rondout Valley and Marlboro tied for 17th.

“You need your individual winners, yes, but the way you win a meet like this is to have those seconds, thirds and fourths, all the way up to 16th,” Bartlett said. “Not counting relays, we had 12 girls who scored points today and that’s what made it possible for us to win.”

New Paltz opened the championships with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay, winning in a time of 1 minute, 52.40 seconds with the team of Bella Santos, Maia Clashy, Josie Lapolt and Abigail Santos. They Huguenots nipped Pine Bush by .22 seconds.

Abigail Santos won the 50-freestyle and 100-butterfly events in qualifying for states.

April Cook of the Huguenots placed third in the 200-freestyle with teammate Zofia Trzewski-Quinn finishing sixth.

In the 200-yard individual medley, Lydia Brutzan was second and Trzewski-Quiin was fifth, stockpiling more points.

Lapolt was 10th in the 100-free and fifth in the 100-backstroke, Cook was second in the 500-IM, and Clashy fourth in the 100-breaststroke.

The Hugies also finished fourth in the 200-freestyle relay and fifth in the 400-free relay.

“You know, we’ve been close a few times and we’ve had some great individual swimmers, but never won the team title,” Bartlett said. “This is just a great group of kids and a great group of people in the program. I might be the head coach but my assistant, Kara Seim, gets just as much credit.”

In addition to Santos, Cook and Clashy, those qualifying for the state championships Nov. 18 and 19 at Ithaca College include:

* Both New Paltz and Roosevelt’s 200-free relay teams

* Roosevelt’s Amber Diehl by virtue of her win in the 100-breaststroke and her qualifying time in the 50-free is off to states, as is teammate Catherine Graham in the 100 breast

* Highland’s Ashley Benkhert and FDR’s Ashley Patierno made states as well in the 100 butterfly

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