On Friday night, the Washingtonville Boys Varsity swimming and diving team finished 2nd at OCIAA’s with every contributing swimmer earning a personal best time that contributed to that 2nd place finish.
(Photos by Molly Stevenson ’21)
However, the very exciting news is THREE School Records were broken Friday night and TWO RELAYS also made STATES! Highlights are written below taken from Section9swim.com source.
On Friday, October 7th at the Swimming and Diving OCIAA Division I Championship, the 200 Medley Relay team of Brayden Dwyer (‘21), Ryan Lerner (‘21), Adam Kellman (‘22) and Andrew Smolar (‘20) earned a State Qualifying time of 1:40.62 and broke the school record from 2006.
The 200 Freestyle Relay team of Ryan Lerner (‘21), Adam Kellman (‘22), Mason Rowlands (‘21) and Andrew Smolar (‘20) walked away with the title of OCIAA Champions in this event, punching the Wizard’s second State Relay cut time of 1:30.01, taking down another school record set in 2004.
Senior Andrew Smolar (‘20) earned two individual OCIAA Champion top spots in the individual 200 Free and 500 Free. Smolar’s time of 1:44.76 in the 200 Free was the third school record broken Friday night also from 2004. Smolar had previously qualified for NYSPHSAA State Championship in both events earlier in the season.
Jackson Vinarub (‘22) took 1st in the OCIAA Diving event on Thursday with a score of 524.55. Vinarub had also previously qualified for the state championship earlier in the season.
These six boys will represent Wizard Nation at the NYSPHSAA New York State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships March 5-7th.
But first, they will head to the Section IX Championships, scheduled at Valley Central Natatorium on February 20th-22nd.
In the 2020 Wizard State Qualifiers picture (L to R): Jackson Vinarub, Adam Kellman, Brayden Dwyer, Andrew Smolar, Mason Rowlands, and Ryan Lerner.
In the first action shot: Senior Andrew Smolar high fives his teammate after anchoring the final leg in the 200 Medley Relay where he and his teammates earned a state qualifying championship cut and broke a 16 year old school record. Smolar would then go on to the first individual event and break the 200 Free school record.
In the second action shots: Juniors Mason Rowlands and Ryan Lerner show their excitement in a 1st place, state qualifying, school record breaking time in the 200 Freestyle Relay Event at OCIAA Championships.
Others are action shots are of Juniors Brayden Dwyer and Ryan Lerner, and sophomore Adam Kellman in the Medley Relay.