By Greg Klein
---- — The Cooperstown boys swim coach said she is nothing but proud of her team this year.
When Cheryl Rock talked about her squad Tuesday night, it was too soon to know whether the team had tied for the Frontier League Class C title. The squad had not yet taken on Holland Patent for the tie. The home meet was held at the Clark Sports Center Wednesday night and results were not available by deadline.
“I’m very pleased,” Rock said. “The biggest surprise is the amount of depth we have this year. Our top guys are very good, but our second guy in every event has been good too. Then the young guys have come along very well this season.
“It is daunting that we are going to lose eight seniors,” she continued. “But then I look at what our young guys have done, and I realize that we are going to be OK in the future too. We are still building up. I’m really pleased with several of our freshman, especially Michael Kern. I kind of threw him out there in the 100 backstroke, and he has done very well.”
Rock said she is pleased that several of her swimmers have posted top times in Section Three for the season.
“If you look at the top scores, we have guys all up and down the list,” she said, “and that is for all of Section Three, not just the Frontier League.”
In the 200 freestyle, Sean and Erik Mebust are both in the top 20; Sean is 14th with a best of 1:57.20, Erik is 19th with a best of 1:58.68. They are both in the top 20 for 200 individual medley also; Sean is 15th with a time of 2:14.93 and Erik is 20th with a time of 2:17.10. Erik is fourth in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:00.38. Sean is ninth on the year in the 100 freestyle at 51.53.
Aaron Idelson set the school record for a six-dive meet at 218.1, breaking his own record from last season. His score is sixth-best in Section Three this season.
Milford’s Luke Zenir, who swims on the CCS team, has the 13th best time in the 100 butterfly, 58.37.
In the 500 freestyle, Sean Mebust and Zenir are 14th and 15th, respectively, with times of 5:23.83 and 5:25.62.
The Cooperstown 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay teams are in the top 20 as well, 11th and 19th, respectively.
The team’s only loss this season came on Jan. 10 at Holland Patent, 54-48.
“It came down to the last relay, and it was very close,” Rock said. “It was very exciting. Holland Patent is a swimming powerhouse. To beat them is very impressive, and we almost beat them twice.”
On Dec. 22, at the Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown beat HP 101-79.
Rock said the difference between the two meets was the four-lane scoring.
“We didn’t do as well when all the scores didn’t count,” she said.
The Section Three diving championship is Feb. 9 and the swimming championships are Feb. 14 and 16. Both will be held in New Hartford.