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2010-12-01 / Sports

Sagasta breaks sectional record as Blue Devils swim at states

by MIKE MIGLIORE Reporter

Kenmore West’s Jackie Sagasta, left photo, swims in the 200 medley relay at the New York State Public School Championships on Nov. 19 at the Burt Flickinger Center while Haley Rice, right photo, swims in the 200 individual medley at the event. Sagasta finished in second place in both the 50 and 100 yard free style, while Rice came in 8th in the 100 yard butterfly. Photos by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenmore West’s Jackie Sagasta, left photo, swims in the 200 medley relay at the New York State Public School Championships on Nov. 19 at the Burt Flickinger Center while Haley Rice, right photo, swims in the 200 individual medley at the event. Sagasta finished in second place in both the 50 and 100 yard free style, while Rice came in 8th in the 100 yard butterfly. Photos by John Normile Purchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com It was an impressive day in the water for the girl swimmers of Kenmore West High School at the New York State Public School Championships Nov. 20 at the Erie Community College Flickinger Aquatic Center.

Blue Devils’ swimmers Lindsey Sagasta, Jacquie Sagasta, Haley Rice, Jenna Rice and Megan Sullivan helped Section VI finish third overall in the state competition. Along the way, the pair of sisters put on some impressive individual performances and set new records.

The most impressive performance arguably was turned in by junior Lindsey Sagasta. Competing in the 50-yard freestyle, Sagasta broke the Section VI record by posting a new best time of 23.62. She finished second in the event to Connetquot’s Mikaila Gaffey, who posted a 23.48.

Sagasta broke the Niagara Frontier League record in the 50 freestyle during the NFL championships earlier in the month. That gave her confidence to be able to break the sectional record at states.

“She broke the NFL record, which goes back to 1986,” said Kenmore West head coach Carrie Meetze. “Once she realized she could do that, her goal was another record at states.”

Sagasta also competed in the 100 freestyle and placed second there as well, finishing with a time of 51.64. Her two second overall finishes achieved a personal goal for Sagasta.

“She wanted to be in the top three,” Meetze said. “She was excited to finish second, and she was thrilled to break the Section VI record.”

Kenmore West’s other individual competitor was junior Haley Rice. Swimming in the 100-yard butterfly, Rice posted a time of 58.90, good enough to finish eighth overall.

The Rice sisters and Sagasta sisters then teamed together to swim the 200-yard medley relay, finishing 11th overall in a time of 1:52.23. Meetze was impressed with how the Blue Devils swam in their first attempt at the 200 medley in a state meet.

“We ’ve never been in a state medley relay before, so it went very well for a first time,” Meetze said.

The Blue Devils’ 200-medley time broke a previous school record.

The two Rice sisters, along with Lindsey Sagasta, also partnered with Sullivan to swim in the 200-yard freestyle relay. They finished 47th out of 59 schools with a time of 1:44.32.

Meetze said she was happy that her girls met most of their expectations and turned in a performance to be proud of at states.

“At the end of the season, we did what we were supposed to do,” Meetze said. “I was pleased that’s how we ended.”

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