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By Brian Fees
Southern Tier Sports Report
A state title, an all-American honor, and three state medals. It was quite the season for Horseheads’ Cullin Cole and he highlights the All-Southern Tier Sports Report Swimming & Diving Super 7.

Cole won the 50 free state title in 20.51 Then in the 200 free relay he swam even faster as the leadoff leg, going 20.44 to earn All-American honors in the 50 as well.

It was the first state title and All-American honor for a Horseheads swimmer since 1986.

Cole also took fourth in the 100 free in the public school and he was also part of a state-medal winning 400 free relay team.

Both the 200 and 400 free relay teams that Cole was a part of broke school records.

While Cole is the swimmer of the year, Corning’s Brenden Jardin-Reed is the diver of the year.

Jardin-Reed ended the season with the third best six-dive score in the state (325.00) and sixth best 11-dive score (538.85). He was a Section IV champion and took 15th in the state meet. He broke the Watkins Glen pool record for 11 dives and the meet record for the Maine-Endwell Invite.

Corning’s Joey Crisco is the newcomer of the year. The seventh grader placed fourth in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breaststroke. He hit a split of 52.05 anchoring the 400 free relay, which helped Corning clinch a tie with Horseheads for the team title at sectionals.

The coach of the year is Horseheads’ Chris Bankaitis. He helped coach Horseheads to the division title. Tie for the team title at sectionals and he sent all three relays to states and two individuals in a total of seven events at states.

The Super 7 swimmers along with Cole, Jardin-Reed and Crisco include Horseheads’ Shoonfon Li who made states in four events.

Li was 15th in the federation at states in the 200 IM and 14th in the public school in 1:55.48. He was 15th in public school and 21st in the federation in the 500 free in 4:46.92. He was also on the 400 free relay that modeled at states.

Kaden TenEyck and Alexander Villegas were both on the 200 and 400 free relays that made states and broke school records. They earned a state medal in the 400 free relay and were 11th in the 200 free relay at states.

TenEyck has a top time of 22.44 in the 50 free and 49.52 in the 100 free and Villegas has a 200 free top time of 1:51.28 and 5:12.60 in the 500 free.

Corning’s Aiden Spoors was second in sectionals in the 200 free and 500 free and he was a Metro/West all conference and a STAC all-star to make the Super 7. Caden Faulk of Corning was first in sectionals in the 100 back and he’s on the Super 7.

Elmira’s Creed Hackett is on the Super 7. He was a state qualifier in the diving. He had a high score of 489.85 on the season for 11 dive. He had a top 6 dive score of 286.70.

He also had a top time of 55.95 in the 100 free and a 24.19 in the 50 free and 2:40.21 in the 200 IM.

Andrew Degnan of Elmira is on the Super 7 and he has a top 200 free time of 1:55.49 and a 24.47 in the 50 free. He had a top 100 free in 51.19.

: Cullin Cole, Horseheads
DIVER OF THE YEAR: Brenden Jardin-Reed, Corning
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Joey Crisco, Corning
COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Bankaitis, Horseheads
Shoonfon Li, Horseheads
Kaden TenEyck, Horseheads
Alexander Villegas, Horseheads
Aiden Spoors, Corning
Caden Faulk, Corning
Creed Hackett, Elmira
Andrew Degnan, Elmira
IN PHOTO: Horseheads’ Cullin Cole and Corning’s Brenden Jardin-Reed. . . . PHOTOS BY BRIAN FEES

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