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February 21, 2013

Swimmers end season strong

Three make final heats; school records fall

Cooperstown ended its swimming season with an 11th place finish at the Section Three state qualifiers on Saturday at Hamilton College.

Diver Aaron Idelson finished 10th overall, and Cooperstown made the final heat in three swimming events.

“We did really well,” Cooperstown coach Cheryl Rock said. “To get three in the final heat is unbelievable. We almost never make the final heat when competing against the big ‘A’ schools. To get three in one year is amazing.”

Erik Mebust finished fifth in the 100 backstroke at 58.13. Nick Burdo of Liverpool won the event in 54.19.

Sean Mebust finished seventh in the 200 IM at 2:12.08. Michael Netto of Watertown won the race in 1:57. 48.

The 200 medley relay team of Erik Mebust, Matt Frevele, Luke Zenir and Sean Mebust placed fifth at 1:46.36. Liverpool won the event in 1:37.95.

With 97 points, Cooperstown finished 11th out of 27 teams. Frontier League rival Holland Patent finished 10th with 98 points. Liverpool won the meet with 352 points.

Idelson, who won the Class C diving championships on Feb. 16, made the final 12 on Saturday and finished 10th in the Section Three finals with a score of 322. Nick Rodriguez of Mexico won the event with a 522.75.

Cooperstown also broke four school records during the meet.

The medley relay team lowered its record from last Thursday’s Section Four Class C championships by more than one second.

Zenir broke Sean Mebust’s record in the 500 freestyle. Mebust’s record, set last year, was 5:17.26. Zenir swam a 5:16.50, good for 11th in the meet.

Erik Mebust’s 100 backstroke time beat the 2011 record set by David Bonderoff of 58.62.

The 400 freestyle relay team of Zenir, Eamonn Maguire, Erik Mebust and Sean Mebust finished in 3:33.84, ninth overall, and more than three seconds better than the school record it broke last week.

On Thursday, in the Section Three Class C championships at New Hartford, Mebust, Frevele, Zenir and Mebust won the 200-yard medley relay in a school-record time to highlight Cooperstown’s performance in the Section Three Class C championships Thursday at New Hartford.

The two Mebusts, Frevele and Zenir touched in 1 minute, 47.37 seconds to easily break the previous school record of 1:50.65.

Cooperstown finished third in the 12-team meet with 328 points. Holland Patent won with 442, followed by Weedsport at 343.

The 200 medley relay marked one of several Redskins school records set Thursday.

The Mebusts, Zenir and Maguire broke the school record in the 400 free relay. They finished second in 3:36.45, eclipsing the mark of 3:38.96.

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