F-M swimmers hold off CBA; J-D wins opener

first_imgAlready off to a 2-0 start, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team welcomed Christian Brothers Academy to the Cazenovia College pool for Wednesday night’s marquee meet.Despite plenty of individual standout performances by the Brothers, it was the Hornets again unleashing its deep roster late in the meet and doing enough to earn a 94-90 victory.CBA led through the first half of the event, starting with the 200-yard medley relay, where Kaitlyn Bushnell, Darien Tompkins, Lauren Kelly and Ally Howard roared to a time of one minute, 52.90 seconds, well clear of F-M’s 2:01.85. Newman won that race in a season-best 5:17.49, but Luttrell was second in 5:32.55, with Lindsay Mathews third and Grace Reyna, all good for 11 crucial points.Then, in the 200 freestyle relay, Luttrell, Kellogg, Kingsley and Georgia Langan went 1:43.62 to CBA’s 1:47.83, and F-M went on to get clinching points by having Addie Antshel finish second in the 100 backstroke (1:06.37) before Kingsley and Katie Ottaviano got second and third, respectively, in the 100 breaststroke.CBA won all of those late events, Tompkins swimming the 100 backstroke in 1:03.56 and Kelly going 1:06.99 in the 100 breaststroke. In the closing 400 freestyle relay, Kelly, Tompkins, Newman and Sophia Silver won in 3:44.79, just ahead of the 3:46.13 from the Hornets’ quartet of Kellogg, Kingsley, Luttrell and Mathews.Before all this, Jamesville-DeWitt opened its girls swim season Sept. 6 against Syracuse City at Nottingham High School, the Red Rams working its way to an 89-75 victory.Sofia Bebla led J-D with a pair of individual titles, going 2:31.41 in the 200 before a victory in the 500 freestyle in 6:15.76. Amelia Hesler swam the 100 freestyle in 55.06 seconds and helped Claire Huyck, Marianna Lorenzo and Lucy Falso go 2:01.14 in the 200 medley relay.Emily Ninestein, in 1:05.88, edged Gwen Lisetr (1:06.76) in the 100 butterfly, with Kathryn Donaghue taking the 200 freestyle in 2:19.67 as Hadwynne Gross was second in 2:25.53.Abby McGuire earned 192.25 points in diving to beat out teammate Grace Evans (172.30). Lister swam the 100 backstroke in 1:07.35 to beat out Huyck’s 1:09.12 as Lucy Heflin went 1:19.81 in the 100 breaststroke.A meet between J-D and CBA set for last Thursday got pushed back to Sept. 24, after the Red Rams have its own battle with F-M on Thursday, two days following a meet with Mexico.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CBAF-MJ-Dswimmingcenter_img The Brothers would win each of the first six events and led 48-44. Kelly went 2:16.02 to claim the 200 individual medley, while Bushnell, in 25.64 seconds, edged the Hornets’ Morgan Kingsley (25.67) in the 50 freestyle and Tompkins held off the Hornets’ Emma Luttrell, 59.84 seconds to 1:00.67, in the 100 butterfly.Kayla Newman broke two minutes in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:59.85 to the 2:02.74 from F-M’s Hannah Kellogg. Also, in diving, Sophie Menar got 204.85 points, with the Hornets’ Alessandra Manicone (196.60) a close second.F-M had enough second and third-place finishes to keep pace, caught up when Kellogg won the 100 freestyle in 55.32 seconds to Bushnell’s 57.63, and then took the lead for good in the 500 freestyle.last_img read more

When the stars come blazing down to earth…

first_imgsport SHARE In mission mode, for a change Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger × SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hope fills Indian hearts as the ‘samba’ Games begin 2/2 Going on a Gold hunt The GOAT, Lightning Bolt and a World No. 1 desperate to strike gold August 05, 2016 He may be the man with the most number of medals in Olympic history – 22 at the last count in London four years ago with 18 of them gold – but when American swimmer Michael Phelps takes off from the blocks at Rio in his fifth Summer Games, it will mark a new beginning.It will be the 31-year-old’s first Olympics after being treated for addiction and depression. He will be a new man, his goals have changed and his prime aim will not be on hunting for more medals.“This time, it’s about trying my hardest, giving my all. I don’t want to live the rest of my life with any regrets,” the man known as ‘The Phenomenon’ said recently.“It will be very interesting to see what one of the greatest athletes of all time ends up after his last Olympics.The 31st Summer Olympics begin in Rio de Janerio on Friday (on Saturday, India time), but it is already being slammed as the worst-ever with athletes posting photos of collapsing wash basins at the Athletes Village and lack of electricity and water in some rooms.Together with the Zika virus scare, the organisational disarray, and the Russian doping scandal, there is bound to be chaos ahead of the opening ceremony.But once the real action begins on Saturday, the spotlight will be mainly on the stars. And there are plenty of them to watch out for. Here, we line up the best of the best.BOLT, THE MAIN MANJamaican Usain Bolt, the planet’s fastest man ever and clearly the ‘main man’ in Rio, will be going for a golden ‘triple triple’ after winning the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay golds at the last two Olympics in Beijing and London. Trying to stop him will be American Justin Gatlin, the world’s fastest man this year who has a dope-tainted past.Meanwhile, Britain’s distance running great Mo Farah will be hunting for a ‘double double’ after taking the 5000m and 10,000m golds in London.WELCOME TORIThere could also be a fresh new face in the sprints with American Tori Bowie, a long jumper till 2013, who appears to be a favourite to win both the women’s 100 and 200m at Rio. She is now among the three best 100m runners in the world this year and the second best, after the Netherlands’ World champion Dafne Schippers, in the 200m.Schippers, incidentally, competed in the heptathlon at 2012 Olympics, where she finished 11th, and at 2013 Moscow Worlds, but is now the third-fastest woman in history in the 200m.South African Caster Semenya, who came up with some stunning times while winning the 2009 World Championships but whose gender was questioned shortly after that, could run into some controversy again for she is now at her best and is a clear favourite for the women’s 800m gold.GREATEST OF ALL TIME?Away from the track, it should be worth watching American gymnast Simone Biles, who according to many could be the greatest of all time, in her debut Olympics.The first African-American to be the all-around world champion – she won it at the last three Worlds – and along the way collected a record 10 golds at the Worlds and 14 medals overall.And in football which had an early start in Rio, all eyes will be on superstar Neymar as host and five-time World Cup champion Brazil looks to win its first men’s Olympic gold in the sport.FIFTH GRAND SLAM!The big boys of golf, an event that is returning to the Olympics after 112 years, may be missing from Rio because they are worried over the Zika virus, but it is interesting to note what the world’s No. 1 tennis player Novak Djokovic had to say about the Olympics. “We have the best players in the world participating in arguably the fifth grand slam. It’s of that importance for all of us, even more, because it happens every four years,” said the Serbian who took the bronze in Beijing in 2008 and finished fourth in London after losing to eventual champion Andy Murray in the semifinal.Some of the greats of cycling will be in action too with Britain’s Chris Froome, who won his historic third Tour de France title a few days ago lined up in Rio.LEE’S OLYMPICSMeanwhile Malaysian Lee Chong Wei, badminton’s World No. 1, who has slipped up often when it came to the big stage – he has five world silver medals, including two in the Olympics, from Beijing and London – will be very hungry to hit gold this time. And it looks like this could be Lee’s year.SHOOTERS, OUR BEST HOPEWhile Lee will be looking for his first Olympic gold, the record 119-member Indian team will be mainly looking at its shooters to bring the bulk of its medals, especially Asian Games champion Jitu Rai who is the among the world’s top three in the 10m and 50m pistol events, and Abhinav Bindra, who won the country’s lone individual gold at the Olympics (10m air rifle, in Beijing, 2008).Badminton star Saina Nehwal, a bronze medallist at London, is another player capable of coming good again while PV Sindhu and K Srikkanth could spring a surprise. The men’s hockey team, after its recent run, wrestlers, tennis players and archers all hold promise. Lee Chong Wei al eventscenter_img Olympics stars (file photo). Lee Chong Wei al Olympics stars (file photo). It doesn’t get bigger than the Olympics Lee Chong Wei al Olympics stars (file photo). null 1/2 COMMENT Published on RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more