January 15, 2013
Record-setting Stingers romp
Five McDonald Pool records were set as the Cortland YMCA Stingers also honored two seniors by swimming to a victory over the visiting Fulton Speed Demons this past Saturday.
Graduating seniors Kelsey Elliott and Tom Belton were honored on Senior Day as the unbeaten Stingers won nine of 10 age groups to dunk Fulton 468-264 in this league meet. Cortland is 5-0 in duals this season.
Connor Tasselmyer broke three pool records in the Class E (8-and-Under) boys’ division, including his own previous record in the 100-yard free which he won in 1:15.68. Tasselmyer also lowered the 50-yard freestyle record with 32.72 victory, breaking the old McDonald Pool record of 33.32 set back in 2001 by Tae Ho Ryu, and was a record-setter with a 17.56 win in the 25-yard backstroke to better the 17.90 mark of Ken Bogard that has lasted since 1973.
For the girls, Pashlee Slack in Class D (9-10) and Elliott in Class A (15-18) also set McDonald Pool records.
Slack’s came winning the 200 free in 2:32.56, bettering the old record set three seasons ago by Lauren Llewellen.
Elliott touched first in the 100 free in record 54.76 time, the old mark of 55.12 set by Sarah Newman in 1991.
“Kim Eckhardt and I were talking after the meet, and neither of us can remember a meet where so many pool records were broken,” said Noah Beck, who shares Stingers coaching duties with Eckhardt. “It was great to see the record board being rewritten. The group swam fantastic, but our younger swimmer really led the way with some breakthrough swims.”
Cortland swimmers turned in 109 personal best times in the meet.
Elliott and Belton shared the spotlight, too.
Elliott is still choosing between Hartwick College and SUNY Potsdam as a collegiate destination, where she plans to major in biology. Belton is looking at Potsdam, RIT and Clarkson as an engineering major. Both plan to continue swimming as collegians.
“Kelsey and Tom have been great leaders on the team for a number of years. They are prime examples for the next generation of Stinger swimmers. We will certainly miss them,” said Coach Beck.
The Stingers will try to complete an undefeated season when they visit their rivals, the Auburn Stingrays, on Jan. 26.
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