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By Brian Fees
Southern Tier Sports Report
WEBSTER — Anna Lowe had one goal going into day two of the NYSPHSAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

The Blue Raiders sophomore wanted to try and move up from the 15th place spot she sat in after the prelims.

That’s exactly what she did on Saturday, finishing 13th after swimming a 24.29, dropping time from the 24.57 she swam in the prelims.

“That was the goal, I’m super happy with myself,” Lowe said of moving up the standings on Saturday.

For Lowe it was exciting to see her times go down on Saturday from the day before, and she knows that she can only just keep getting better in the future.

“I can only go up from there,” she said.

Next year Lowe would like to get back to states and get higher, hopefully top 10 so she can medal.

“That’s probably one of my goals, is to get top 10,” she said.

For Lowe there is places she sees she can lower her time.

“There are some things I can definitely focus on to drop those last few seconds,” she said.

Having Angie McKane of Corning, who won the state title, in the same division as her will give Lowe chances to get faster.

“That’s really helpful and it’s friendly competition,” Lowe said. “It’s not, oh, I want to beat Angie, it’s I get to swim with Angie, she’s so fast, I get to use her to get faster.”

Day two at states was a lot of fun for Lowe.

“A lot more excitement,” she said of day two over day one. “It was really fun, it really topped off the experience, it’s definitely something I want to do again,.”

The Blue Raiders team of Grace Shelhamer, Gracie Ringer, Sibby and Anna Lowe finished 13th in 1:40.77, going nearly a second faster than their prelim time. Horseheads’ 200 medley relay finished 24th, finishing in 1:55.35 with a team of Anna and Sibby Lowe, Gabby Janeski and Grace Shelhamer.

“It was so fun, the energy is way higher, it’s so much fun,” Janeski said of day two at states.

For the Blue Raiders having day one behind them gave them more confidence in day two.

“It was a lot better because the energy was just higher,” Shelhamer said. “Yesterday there was not many people cheering, today all you hear was screaming no matter where you were in the building.”

The swimmers were also more relaxed on day two.

“I think getting used to the environment the first day is helpful,” Janeski said.

“Just knowing what’s going on, how they are running the meet,” Shelhamer said.

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