March 20, 2013
Stingers’ Tasselmyer captures three state titles
ITHACA — One of the youngest Cortland Stingers had a meet to remember as the team played host to the New York State YMCA Swimming Championships held this past weekend.
Connor Tasselmyer won all three of his individual events in the Class E boys’ 8-and-under age group for the Stingers, who turned in 102 personal best times for Coach Noah Beck at Ithaca College.
“Connor’s three state swim titles were really remarkable. You don’t see too many triple winners at states,” marveled Coach Beck of the Tasselmyer accomplishment.
Tasselmyer won the 25-yard freestyle in 14.22 seconds, showed the way in the 50-yard freestyle in 31.42 and was the fastest swimmer in the 100-yard freestyle in 1:09.74.
Though those were the lone state titles for the Stingers, Cortland had 52 finishes in the top 16 at the IC’s Athletics & Events Center Aquatics Pavilion. Top 16 finishes count towards the team scoring.
Among those strong showings was Caleb Treadwell’s fourth place swim in the boys’ 50-yard freestyle in the Class A (15-18), with his time of 22.14 qualifying for the YMCA Nationals being held April 3-6 in Greensboro, N.C. Treadwell becomes the second Stinger to qualify for nationals, joining Kelsey Elliott.
Elliott had three top 10 showings at states among Class A girls, placing fifth in the 50-yard free (24.71), fifth in the 100-yard free (55.41) and eighth in the 200-yard free (2:05.38).
Treadwell was also sixth in the 100-yard free (49.13) and seventh in the 100-yard butterfly (55.65) for the Stingers at states.
The Stingers hosted nearly 1,400 swimmers over three days of competition, making the event one of the largest meets in New York State and in the country.
“This season has really been a banner year for these swimmers,” said Coach Beck of his team’s showing. “I am not only impressed by how hard the team has worked through the course of the season but how positive and supportive of one another they have been. I extremely proud of the way they competed on such a big stage.”
Other Top 10 individual finishers for the Stingers were Rachel Coombs with a fifth in the Class B girls’ 200-yard free (2:10.80) and sixth in the 100-yard free (59.06), while Bradley Keith placed sixth in the Senior Division boys’ 200-yard backstroke (2:02.00) and eighth in the Class A 100-yard backstroke (56.03).
Madeline Gallagher swam seventh in the Class B girls’ 200-yard free (2:07.71) and ninth in the 500-yard free (5:39.40), for the Stingers, Annie Steven eighth in the Senior Division girls’ 200-yard breaststroke (2:39.12), Hayley Tasselmyer ninth in the Class B girls’ 100-yard breaststroke (1:13.61), and Pashlee Slack 10th in the Class D girls’ 100-yard free (1:09.51) and 10th in the 50-yard free (31.25).
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