Aramini named outstanding swimmer

CONTRIBUTEDCooperstown’s Maddox Aramini (left) holds the plaque awarded to the most outstanding swimmer at the Section III Class C swimming and diving championships Thursday, Feb. 13, at Nottingham High School.

Cooperstown’s Maddox Aramini won three events, two individual and one relay, and was named the most outstanding swimmer Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Section III Class C Championships at Nottingham High School.

The Hawkeyes earned a top-three finish in all except four events, and took third place as a team with 281 points. Weedsport took first with 401 points and Lowville was second with 308.

Aramini, a junior at Cherry Valley-Springfield, earned his first individual championship in the 200-yard individual medley, touching the wall in 2:03.82, beating the Section III Class C meet record of 2:06.93 he set in 2018. He won the event by more than eight seconds.

Aramini’s second individual victory came in the 500-yard freestyle, as he clocked a time of 5:01.29. That time was good for first place by more than 14 seconds.

His third victory came in the 200-yard medley relay, as he teamed up with Ryan Hellenthal, Gareth Austin and Simon Hurysz to finish in 1:47.10, more than nine seconds ahead of second-place Holland Patent.

Austin and Hellenthal also posted individual victories for Cooperstown. Austin won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:03.22, taking first place by more than two seconds. Hurysz took fourth in 1:13.42.

Austin also posted a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly, recording a time of 1:00.77.

Hellenthal earned the first individual win of the meet for the Hawkeyes, winning the second event, the 200-yard freestyle, after the meet’s first event saw Cooperstown win the 200 medley relay. Hellenthal, a freshman, touched the wall in 1:55.45 to win by just less than five seconds.

He also posted a third-place finish in the 100 backstroke, clocking a time of 1:00.57.

The 200-yard freestyle relay team of Austin, Hellenthal, Hurysz and Aramini took second place with a time of 1:36.73.

Cooperstown finished its season Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Section III state qualifier at Nottingham. Aramini placed fifth in the 200 IM and 500 free and Austin placed seventh in the 100 breast.

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