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March 7, 2011

East’s Sereday shines at states

HS SWIMMING & DIVING: Senior swimmer places 16th at states.

— — The Kenmore East boys swimming team finished the 2011 campaign with its first winning season in more than a decade.

But perhaps the most impressive Bulldog during the 8-5-1 turnaround season was senior Nick Sereday, who capped off his high school career by placing 16th in both the 50 and 100 freestyle this past weekend at the New York State Public High School Athletic Association swimming and diving championships at the Nassau Aquatic Center in East Meadow.

Sereday set new personal records in the 50 (22.13) as well as the 100 (49.02).

The 200 freestyle relay team of Sereday, Matt Butler, Collin deGuehery and Liam Jones set a new Ken East record with a time of 1:31.99 to finish 19th.

Butler also competed in the 100 breast stroke.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of these boys this season,” Bulldogs coach Nathan Bourke said. “The team has done a complete turnaround in the past four years. And outstanding results this season will only continue to make our team stronger in Section VI.”

Sereday was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer at the section VI meet earlier in February.

Alex Spatzer of Kenmore West was 45th in the 100 fly.

In the diving meet on Friday, North Tonawanda’s Eric Wilson made a gutsy effort despite breaking his hand during practice the day before leaving for Long Island.

Wilson still managed a 35th place effort at states.

“It was more than we bargained for,” NT coach Chris Heyer said. “He did participate and compete, but it was a little much for him to dive the way that he wanted to. He was still able to experience the atmosphere.”

 

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