N-O begins a “virtual” swim meet season; Roy-Hart and Albion sweep; Medina splits

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 28 January 2021 at 7:39 pm

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Ben Griffin in action in the 200 Freestyle for Medina during today’s season opening “virtual” swim meet against Akron.

The Niagara-Orleans League’s most unusual season ever got underway this afternoon with three “virtual” meets as defending champion Roy-Hart and Albion both scored sweeps and Medina earned a split with Akron.

Each team swam in its own pool with no spectators on hand as a computer program was used to compare times and determine the winners of each event and the overall meet.

Roy-Hart, which captured both the boys and girls titles last season defeated Newfane 112-49 in the boys meet and 81-73 in the girls competition.

Gracie Cogovan competes in the 200 Individual Medley for the Seahorses.

Carter Green doubled in the 200 Free and 500 Free and Noah Stern in the 50 Free and 100 Free to lead the way for the Channel Cats boys team as Charles Rickard added a win in the 100 Breaststroke.

Amanda Hill was a double winner for the Roy-Hart girls in the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Free as Sophia Santella took the 200 Free, Alexis Seib the 100 Butterfly and Nadia White the 100 Breaststroke.

Albion swept Barker winning the boys meet 117-19 and the girls 95-49.

Dallas Ecker doubled in the IM and Butterfly and Finn McCue in the 50 Free and 100 Free for the Albion boys which also got individual event wins from Jacob Foote (200 Free),  Josh DePoty (500 Free) and Declan McCue (100 Backstroke).

Sierra Kast won both the 200 Free and 500 Free  for the Albion girls as Mia Olles captured the 50 Free, Hannah Pahura the 100 Free and Rylee Pearles took the 100 Breaststroke.

Natalie Bruning was a double winner for Barker in the IM and Backstroke.

The Medina boys defeated Akron 105-61 as Isaac Pace doubled in the IM and Breaststroke and August Pietrafesa in the 100 Free and Backstroke. The Seahorses also had Cole Seefeldt take the 50 Free and Mike Marker the Butterfly.

Akron defeated Medina in the girls meet 103-65.

Rachel PeQueen doubled in the 200 Free and 100 Free and C.C. Morey in the IM and 500 Free to set the pace for Akron.

Amanda Woodruff won the 50 Free, Brooklynn Brown the Butterfly and Gracie Cogovan the Breaststroke for the Seahorses. Click here to view video from the start of the girls and boys 200 Medley Relay in Medina.

Nick Saia in action for defending champion Roy-Hart in the 100 Butterfly in the meet against Newfane