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Sectional Swimming: Soph eyes states

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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Calvin Cleworth was the first seventh-grader to make the Schenectady High School swimming team. Two years later, he was the youngest Patriot to attain team captain status, and finished that season with a flourish by becoming the program’s first freshman to notch a top-three finish at the Section II championship meet.

“It’s a sport where you can plateau. There’s burnout, but with him, I don’t see it happening. The sky’s the limit with him,” Schenectady coach Brian Melanson said after Tuesday’s practice at the Pat Riley Sports Center. “We talk a lot about the next couple of years without losing the focus of now.”

Cleworth will be looking to add an exclamation point to what has already been a super sophomore season at the sectional meet Friday and Saturday at the Shenendehowa Aquatic Center.

The just-turned-16-year-old went undefeated in his individual events in dual-meet competition, and helped Schenectady secure its first Aqua League title in five years. The next objective is to become Schenectady’s first sophomore to qualify for the state meet.

“You always want to go for something great,” Cleworth said. “Get a great time. Get to states and do something great there.”

Cleworth is seeded No. 2 in the 100-yard butterfly (55.20) and No. 5 in the 200-yard individual medley (2:03.62). The state qualifying times in those events are 53.95 and 2:00.93, respectively.

“I’m pretty excited. I’m ready for the atmosphere. I’m mentally prepared,” Cleworth said. “Being there before, it helps.”

Cleworth clocked a 56.92 while placing third in the 100 fly last year. He recorded a personal-best 54.7 in December while competing in a relay race for the Schenectady/Saratoga Swim Club.

“He’s made strides every year, and right now, he’s ahead of where Chris Lotano was as a sophomore, and Chris Lotano was our best all-time,” said Melanson. “Our guys were talking about him when he was in fifth grade. For his age group, he was hitting great times. I knew he was coming, and I couldn’t wait.”

Shenendehowa senior Ryan Gordon, Section II’s most accomplished swimmer, is seeded ahead of Cleworth in the 100 fly (52.32).

“He [Gordon] is a great swimmer. He can swim anything,” said Cleworth. “When I swam [the 54.7], I wasn’t tapered and rested. Hopefully, I can give him a good race.”

“He’s got four guys ahead of him in the IM and one guy in the fly,” said Melanson.

“He knows what his goals are.”

Cleworth placed 27th in the 100 fly as an eighth-grader before his jump to third. He’s also made significant sectional strides in the 200 IM, placing 33rd as a seventh-grader, 18th as an eight-grader and 10th as a freshman.

“I’m looking to make the states in both events,” said Cleworth, who’ll lead a cast of 12 Patriots at the sectionals. “There are so many great things I can accomplish and am striving for.”

One of them is the Schenectady 100 fly record of 55.01 set by Sam Boese during his senior season in 2012. Boese became the only Schenectady swimmer to place first at the sectionals that season in the 50 free.

SEEDS

DIVISION 1

200 medley relay — 1. Shenendehowa, 1:37.82 (NYS); 2. Shaker, 1:41.56; 3. Bethlehem, 1:45.40; 4. Ballston Spa, 1:45.98; 5. Niskayuna, 1:47.24.

200 free — 1. Eric Burdge (Shen), 1:47.47 (NYS); 2. Andrew Semmes (Shak), 1:49.40; 3. Aidan Strayer (Nisk), 1:50.36; 4. Mike Conley (Shen), 1:50.46; 5. George Enright (Sha), 1:51.51.

200 IM — 1. William Matz (Shak), 1:59.83 (NYS); 2. Luke Gordon (Shen), 2:01.45; 3. Alex Danielson (Sara), 2:03.24; 4. Connor Killane (Shen), 2:03.31; 5. Calvin Cleworth (Sch), 2:03.62.

50 free — 1. Gunnar Zemering (BC), 21.28 (NYS); 2. Ryan Gordon (Shen), 21.54 (NYS); 3. Nikos Moisidis (Shak), 22.46; 4. Chris Vesic (BS), 22.49; 5. Piotr Czajowski (Shen), 22.49.

Diving — 1. Jack Newton (Nisk), 265.40; 2. Greg Ingraham (BC), 265.30; 3. Ian Killane (Shen), 252.40; 4. Nick Lydon (Shen), 249.95; 5. Jack Larkin (BS), 224.15.

100 fly — 1. Ryan Gordon (Shen), 52.32 (NYS); 2. Calvin Cleworth (Sch), 55.20; 3. Eric Burdge (Shen), 56.21; 4. Emerson Wells (Nisk), 56.46; 5. Jad Moumen (Shen), 57.33.

100 free — 1. Gunnar Zemering (BC), 47.58 (NYS); 2. Mike Conley (Shen), 49.40; 3. Nikos Moisidis (Shak), 50.12; 4. Mark Enright (Shak), 50.27; 5. Piotr Czajowski (Shen), 50.47.

500 free — 1. Aidan Strayer (Nisk), 4:50.76 (NYS); 2. Andrew Semmes (Shak), 4:55.85; 3. Alex Danielson (Sara), 4:57.85; 4. Connor Killane (Shen), 4:59.99; 5. Drew Scott (Shenendehowa), 5:03.95.

200 free relay — 1. Shenendehowa, 1:29.36 (NYS); 2. Shaker, 1:30.06 (NYS); 3. Saratoga Springs, 1:34.76; 4. Bethlehem, 1:34.87; 5. Ballston Spa, 1:35.00.

100 back — 1. Alex Taber (BC), 55.79; 2. Zeeshan Irani (Shak), 57.08; 3. Nicholas Buff (Shak), 58.51; 4. Clark Davis (Nisk), 58.56; 5. Connor Doyle (BC), 58.57.

100 breast — 1. William Matz (Shak), 1:01.09 (NYS); 2. Luke Gordon (Shen), 1:01.70; 3. Jeremy Collison (GV), 1:05.22; 4. Evan Goodspeed (Nisk), 1:05.35; 5. Nick Pascucci (BS), 1:05.57.

400 free relay — 1. Shenendehowa, 3:15.39 (NYS); 2. Shaker, 3:19.25; 3. Ballston Spa, 3:30.29; 4. Saratoga Springs, 3:30.54; 5. Niskayuna, 3:31.94.

DIVISION 2

200 medley relay — 1. Glens Falls, 1:44.14; 2. Queensbury, 1:45.07; 3. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 1:47.30; 4. Albany Academy, 1:48.21; 5. Mohonasen/Schalmont, 1:48.84.

200 free — 1. Matthew Walton (Q), 1:47.21 (NYS); 2. Chris Poole (AA), 1:52.69; 3. Tylor Duguay (GF), 1:54.03; 4. Kellen Wolfe (SGF), 1:56.86; 5. Zach Arras (BH), 1:57.07.

200 IM — 1. Brandon Beaudoin (BH), 2:01.07; 2. Garret Frandsen (GF), 2:03.71; 3. Jake Hewitt (MS), 2:06.06; 4. Arka Rao (AA), 2:07.10; 5. Justin Hafner (Q), 2:08.82.

50 free — 1. David Mauro (GF), 22.74; 2. Tristan Dixon (MS), 23.29; 3. Matt Reeves (Q), 23.46; 4. Matt Helou (Glove), 23.95; 5. Jacob Center (GF), 24.05.

Diving — 1. Kristian Santos (Amst), 309.40; 2. Connor Liverio (Amst), 265.25; 3. Raislan Aiken (SGF), 256.75; 4. Colin Coughlan (Q), 250.10; 5. Sam Datri (RCS), 239.55.

100 fly — 1. Benjamin Rowley (Q), 54.72; 2. Jake Hewitt (MS), 54.99; 3. Cooper Knapp (GF), 55.86; 4. Justin Hafner (Q), 56.50; 5. Beau Hutchins (MS), 58.19.

100 free — 1. Chris Poole (AA), 50.63; 2. Tristan Dixon (MS), 51.45; 3. David Mauro (GF), 51.52; 4. Matt Reeves (Q), 52.00; 5. Michael Lyden (BH), 52.87.

500 free — 1. Matthew Walton (Q), 4:56.17; 2. Tylor Duguay (GF), 5:02.51; 3. Zach Arras (BH), 5:18.95; 4. Kellen Wolfe (SGF), 5:21.93; 5. Joseph Tingley (Q), 5:22.55.

200 free relay — 1. Queensbury, 1:29.86 (NYS); 2. Glens Falls, 1:32.27; 3. Albany Academy, 1:36.00; 4. Mohonasen/Schalmont, 1:36.44; 5. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 1:39.52.

100 back — 1. Benjamin Rowley (Q), 55.20; 2. Garret Frandsen (GF), 55.30; 3. Cooper Knapp (GF), 56.66; 4. Ben Olson (BH), 57.97; 5. Bailey Smith (CFP), 1:01.88.

100 breast — 1. Brandon Beaudoin (BH), 1:02.90; 2. Arka Rao (AA), 1:03.73; 3. Andrew Milos (LSI), 1:06.81; 4. Joseph Conway (MS), 1:07.47; 5. Peter Mauro (GF), 1:08.36.

400 free relay — 1. Glens Falls, 3:26.29; 2. Queensbury, 3:31.12; 3 3. Albany Academy, 3:33.98; 4. Mohonasen/Schalmont, 3:34.21; 5. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 3:35.19.

NYS: Denotes state meet qualifier.

 
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