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Canton caps undefeated season with Section 10 title

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POTSDAM - The Canton Central girls swim team used relentless depth to end Massena Central’s two-year reign as Section 10 Champions on Saturday at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall.

“We made it exciting but Canton just has so much depth. They just keep coming after you with one swimmer after another,” said coach Beth Mock after seeing the Lady Bears turned a six-point lead with three events left into a 326-285 decision over her Lady Raiders to successfully complete an undefeated 2012 season.

“We knew Massena would challenge us but our seniors have just been awesome this year and the younger swimmers have really come on strong,” noted Canton coach Meg McGovern. “This whole season has just been a great team effort.”

While Canton came way with team honors, four schools will be sending swimmers to the New York State Championship Meet in Ithaca the weekend of November 16-17.

Five swimmers accounted for the eight individual sectional champions as Canton’s Dasha Lapoint, OFA’s Susie Morrow and Massena’s Laura Hartman all emerged as dual medalists. Lapoint, a sophomore, led the 50 freestyle in 27.47 seconds then came right back after the 10-minute break to pace the 100 butterfly in 1:11.7.

“Dasha swam great today,” said McGovern.

Morrow, another talented sophomore, reset her own OFA school record by pulling away to a win in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:04.14 after having paced the 200 freestyle in 2:07.66.

“We finished right about where I thought we would as a team but Susie had a great day. She beat her school record in the backstroke by more than two seconds and the school record in the 200 free is 2:07.54, so she just missed breaking it,” said coach Ben Fleahman as the Lady Blue Devils finished third in the team standings with 194 points.

Hartman, a seventh-grader, turned in a bittersweet performance as the leading individual scorer for Massena after leading the 200 individual medley in 2:32.47 then overcoming Canton senior Julia Bailey on the final leg of the 100 breakstroke to post a winning time of 1:17.14.

“Laura has a great stroke and you could see in both her wins today that she really has that competitive edge,” noted coach Mock. “Unfortunately, we won’t have her for much longer. She’s moving to Pennsylvania in December.”

Scoring the other individual firsts on Saturday were Canton freshman Angelina Domena in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:57.89 and Franklin Academy junior Kenzie Wilson in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:00.56.

The Lady Bears set the tone for their sectional championship in the 200 medley relay where the quartet of Rachel Huntley, Julia Bailey, Lapoint and Domena pulled away to a three-second victory over Massena with a time of 2:04.

After a strong showing in the 500 freestyle where three Lady Raiders finished in the top five, Massena cut the deficit to 232-226 when Emily Hurlbut, Olivia Douglas, Savannah Hays and Baylee Carroll combined to fashion a winning time of 1:50.27 while Canton placed fourth.

Two strong team showings in both the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke pushed the lead back to double digits heading into the final race where Lapoint and Domena teamed up with Macy Huntley and Alyssa Clifford to seal the sectional championship by winning the 400 freestyle in 4:03.33.

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