The Little Red traveled to Long Island to compete teams from Rhode Island, New Jersey, and New York in the Eastern States Championships held at the Nassau Aquatic Center. The team finished 3rd overall and had impressive performances throughout the competition. Jamie Lovette was named outstanding competitor of the meet for winning the 200 and 500 Free, and helping the 200 Medley relay to a 2nd place finish and the 400 Free relay to a 2nd place finish.
The Ithaca Boys A relay started off by achieving a state qualifying standard in the 200 Medley relay and finished 2nd. (Tim Hector, Cyrus Browning, Jamie Lovette, Rob Mangan) In the 200 Free event Jamie Lovette held off fast competition for the win. Ben Silbert placed 16th and Carter Anderson placed 18th. Tim Hector led Ithaca in the 200 IM by placing 7th and teammates Sergio Gomez and Sam Glaubitz placed 11th and 14th, respectively. Wil Dewey was just out of scoring contention with a 21st place, but had a significant time drop.
In the 50 Free, Rob Mangan held on for the win by .03. Nate Adams, Micah Schwartz and Zayd Shaik had career best times.
Kyle Mangan placed 19th in the 1 meter diving event in a very competitive field that included 2016 state champion Patrick Carter from West Islip.
Cyrus Browning placed 3rd in the 100 fly. Teammates Sergio Gomez and Rory Bodenstein finished 13th and 18th to round of the scoring in that event.
In the 100 free, Rob Mangan finished 2nd and was the lone scorer for the Little Red. Nate Adams, Seogi Yi, Sam Shvets and Micah Schwartz also had season best times.
The 500 Free showed Ithaca’s distance power! Jamie Lovette finished first but had a tough race from teammate, Cyrus Browning, who finished 2nd. Ben Silbert finished 12th and Sam Glaubitz finished 17th.
The 200 Free Relay team of Nate Adams, Sergio Gomez, Carter Anderson and Michael Guan finished 9th overall.
In the 100 backstoke, Tim Hector finished 3rd with a personal best time. Rory Bodenstein finished 15th and Michael Guan finished 16th. Freshmen Duncan Russell-Anelli and Wil Dewey finished 19th and 20th to round out the scorers for the Little Red.
Leo Song was the lone scorer in the 100 Breast, finishing 13th.
The 400 Free Relay concluded the competition. The B relay of Sergio Gomez, Rory Bodenstein, Sam Glaubitz and Seogi Yi dropped several seconds from their seed time and beat several of the A relays with their performance. The A relay squad of Jamie Lovette, Tim Hector, Cyrus Browning, and Robert Mangan had a great race with the Long Beach and the Shen Relay teams. The Little Red finished in 2nd place that was enabled by a fast anchor leg by Robert Mangan.
The Little Red have their next meet on January 27th when they host Maine-Endwell on Senior Night.