Niskayuna wins team title at state boys swimming and diving championships

Niskayuna’s relay teams propelled the Silver Warriors to the team title at last weekend’s New York State Boys Swimming and Diving Championships on Long Island.

Niskayuna won one relay, placed second in two other relays and had three individuals place in the top 10 of their events to finish with 189 points. Great Neck South was second with 183 points, while Pittsford placed third with 168 points. Shenendehowa took fourth place with 163 points.

Niskayuna’s Victor Shingo, Mark Lipkin, Scott Ward and Bryan Liu won the 200-yard freestyle relay with an All-American consideration time of 1:25.86 and placed second to Shen in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:09.16. Shen’s Kaleb Hotaling, Alexander Fabris, James Jordan and Jackson Homan claimed the state title in the 400-yard freestyle relay with an All-American consideration time of 3:08.93.

Liu, Lipkin and Ward began Saturday’s championship round by teaming up with Cameron Goodspeed to place second in the 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:35.71. Niskayuna was one of four Section 2 teams that qualified for the championship finals in the 200-yard medley relay, as Shen placed fourth, Albany Academy finished sixth and Bethlehem took ninth place.

Liu and Ward also had top-10 performances in individual events. Liu was fourth in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.97 seconds, while Ward finished eighth in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:43.36. Matthew Chao added a fifth-place finish in the 1-meter diving competition for Niskayuna with a score of 493.50 points.

Hotaling had the top performance for a Section 2 swimmer in an individual event. He placed third in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 1:53.46 – one-hundredth of a second ahead of Queensbury’s David Walton, who had a pair of top-10 performances at states.

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Here is a look at how Section 2 swimmers and divers fared in the championship finals at the state meet.

200-yard medley relay
Niskayuna – second place, 1:35.71 (Bryan Liu, Cameron Goodspeed, Scott Ward, Mark Lipkin)
Shenendehowa – fourth place, 1:35.87 (Zack Lassetter, Kaleb Hotaling, Jackson Homan, James Jordan)
Albany Academy – sixth place, 1:37.41 (Addison Oberting, Brayden Henkel, Bryce Henkel, Gil Dexter)
Bethlehem – ninth place, 1:38.42 (John Janeski, Keith Winne, Max Kaback, Jason Wu)

200-yard freestyle
Bryce Henkel (Albany Academy) – fourth place, 1:41.83
Scott Ward (NIskayuna) – eighth place, 1:43.36
Joey Chiarella (Bethlehem) – 10th place, 1:44.89

200-yard individual medley
Kaleb Hotaling (Shen) – third place, 1:53.46
David Walton (Queensbury) – fourth place, 1:53.47
Jackson Homan (Shen) – ninth place, 1:56.36

100-yard butterfly
Bryce Henkel (Albany Academy) – sixth place, 50.80
Jackson Homan (Shen) – seventh place, 51.30

200-yard freestyle relay
Niskayuna – first place, 1:25.86 (Victor Shingo, Mark Lipkin, Scott Ward, Bryan Liu)

100-yard backstroke
Bryan Liu (Niskayuna) – fourth place, 51.97
David Walton (Queensbury) – fifth place, 52.02
Benjamin Brkanovic (Guilderland-Voorheesville) – ninth place, 53.62

100-yard breaststroke
Kaleb Hotaling (Shen) – fourth place, 56.98

400-yard freestyle relay
Shenendehowa – first place, 3:08.93 (Kaleb Hotaling, Alexander Febris, James Jordan, Jackson Homan)
Niskayuna – second place, 3:09.16 (Victor Shingo, Scott Ward, Mark Lipkin, Bryan Liu)

1-meter diving
Matthew Chao (Niskayuna) – fifth place, 493.50
Bryan Flores (Shaker) – 11th place, 449.10
Erik Herrero (Shen) – 15th place, 438.40
Conor Compton (Niskayuna) – 16th place, 418.55

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