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NYSPHSAA SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS: STRONG DAY FOR HORSEHEADS AS THEY ENJOY EXPERIENCE AT STATES (18 PHOTOS) (2022-11-18)

By Brian Fees
Southern Tier Sports Report
WEBSTER — For the Horseheads Blue Raiders just competing at the New York State Swimming Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center was special. To advance to Saturday made the weekend even more fun.

“Memorable, memories we will never forget were formed,” Horseheads coach Megan Janeski said. “Just their smiles today, that’s what we came for, was for them to have fun and smile.

“Very proud of them. This is kind of a big thing they have been working for years for. So, for them to make the finals and come back tomorrow is unbelievable.”

The 200 free relay of Sibby and Anna Lowe, Grace Shelhamer and Gracie Ringer will be in the B final tomorrow as will Anna Lowe in the 50 free.

The 200 medley relay of Anna and Sibby Lowe, Shelhamer and Gabby Janeski are in the C final in 1:54.08. Delaney Woodhouse was an alternate for Horseheads, who made the trip to states with the team.

The 200 free relay was 15th after the prelims in 1:41.45 and Lowe was also 15th in the 50 free with a 24.57 in the prelims.

The medley relay was 23rd in the prelims in 1:54.08.

Anna Lowe also was 34th in the 100 free prelims in 55.47.

“We worked hard, so hopefully we’ll drop more time,” Megan Janeski said.

Anna Lowe was happy with the way she swam, especially for making states in her first year of varsity swimming.

“I’m proud of how I swam, I think I can definitely do better,” she said. “There are some things I can focus on. The finals are always more exciting, the environment is more exciting, it’s definitely a confidence booster to swim in the finals.”

States was a fun experience for the sophomore.

“It was really exciting,” she said. “It is like totally different than what sectionals was, so many people, the fastest people.”

The goal for Lowe is to swim even faster Saturday and move up in the standings.

“It’s one of my goals right now is to inch my way up a little further,” she said.

But, no matter what Lowe is happy with how she swam at states.

“I’m not going to be disappointed if I end up staying where I was,” she said. “I made it to states in my first year swimming, so it’s very exciting.”

To swim in the relays with her teammates, including her sister, was really special for Lowe.

“I’m so glad Sibby ended up coming, and everyone else,” she said.

For all the swimmers making states was special.

“I think we swam really well,” she said. “I think it was more for experience and seeing how this meet was. It was really cool to see all the swimmers at states.

“It was really nice to have each other to have fun with and not just yourself.”

“It was a good meet,” Woodhouse said. “Everyone did well. It was a really cool experience.”
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PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES

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