Wizards Break Records In Section IX Swim Championship
Laura and Scott Lerner
Washingtonville – On Saturday, February 22nd the Wizards Swimming and Diving team finished 2nd at the Section IX Championship, claiming 3 Section IX Champions spots, and breaking 4 more school records.
Senior Andrew Smolar was the Section IX Champion in the 200 Freestyle Individual Event and broke his own school record with a time of 1:43.62. Smolar also earned a second record-breaking time in the 500 Freestyle with a 4:43.98.
Junior Ryan Lerner, Sophomore Adam Kellman, Junior Mason Rowlands and Senior Andrew Smolar, claimed a 1st place Section IX Championship spot in the 200 Freestyle Relay with a new school record time of 1:29.37.
The 200 Medley Relay team of Brayden Dwyer, Ryan Lerner, Adam Kellman, and Andrew Smolar finished 3rd at finals also adding a new record time of 1:40.04.
Sophomore Jackson Vinarub dove his way to a 1st place Section IX Championship podium spot in Diving Friday night with a score of 523.95.
The 400 Freestyle Relay team of Junior Chris Czenszak, Senior Ryan Sliwinski, and Juniors Aaron Hamilton and Mason Rowlands claimed a 3rd place finish.
Wizard Head Coach Jim Frisbie was awarded Section IX Coach of the Year. The Wizards are coached by Jim Frisbie, Dan Wargo, & Dawn Sroczynski.
Rounding out the Section IX Championship individual scoring for the Wizards were:
200 Freestyle: Andrew Smolar (1st); Mason Rowlands (5th); and Cooper Wright (16th)
50 Freestyle: Ryan Lerner (7th); Ryan Sliwinski (9th); Adam Kellman (10th); Aaron Hamilton (12th)
100 Butterfly: Adam Kellman (3rd); Tony Mantali (15th)
100 Freestyle: Aaron Hamilton (10th)
500 Freestyle: Andrew Smolar (2nd); Mason Rowlands (7th); Chris Czenszak (8th); Cooper Wright (15th)
100 Backstroke: Brayden Dwyer (11th); Tony Mantali (15th)
100 Breaststroke: Ryan Lerner (6th); Brayden Dwyer (14th)
Six Wizards will be representing Washingtonville at the New York State Swimming and Diving Championship March 5th-6th-7th at Eisenhower Park Aquatic Center on Long Island.
Pictured (left to right): Jackson Vinarub, Andrew Smolar, Ryan Lerner, Adam Kellman, Mason Rowlands, and Brayden Dwyer.
Coaches and many members of the varsity and Section IX team celebrate on deck: (First Row L to R): Tony Mantali, Aaron Hamilton, Zail Bonnick, Jack Donlon, Ryan Sliwinski, Coach Frisbie, Coach Wargo, Owen Dwyer, Aaron Gonzales, Luke Sanchez. (Second Row L to R): Dan Cruz, Ryan Godfrey, Adam Kellman, Ryan Lerner, Brayden Dwyer, Andrew Smolar, Mason Rowlands, Jackson Vinarub, Chris Czenszak.
DIVING: Jackson Vinarub (1st); Jason Gannon (8th); Joshua Chait (14th)