Lockport diver Paige Kelkenberg was the state runner-up, while Clarence performed well in Friday’s NYSPHSAA girls swimming and diving championships in Ithaca.
Kelkenberg finished second behind MacKenzie Moss from Section IV’s Chenango Valley with a final score of 455.55.
Section VI finished well in the preliminary round on Friday. Several swimmers are in contention for state championships as the meet continues with a full slate today.
Section VI is still in play for championships in 11 events, including the Clarence relay team, which is the top seed in the 200-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle and the 400-yard freestyle.
Maddie Jacumski, Dorotka Tou, Victoria Butler and Dina Rommell are slated to compete in the 200-yard medley, while the 200-yard freestyle team consists of Rommell, Butler, Rebecca Anthone and Claire Willis. Orchard Park is also in the hunt in the 200 freestyle with Andrea Ernst, Sarah Gura, Grace Coyle and Amanda Ernst. Sydney Modeas anchors the 400 freestyle relay, which includes Rommel, Willis and Anthone.
Modeas is the fifth seed in the 200-yard freestyle while in the 200 IM Olean’s Makayla Sargent is fifth while Butler is sixth. Rommel is the No. 2 seed in the 50-yard freestyle while Frontier’s Hannah Graesser is sixth. Andrea Ernst is the sixth seed in the 100 butterfly, while Anthone is seventh in the 100 freestyle. Modeas is seeded fourth in the 500 freestyle.
Jacumski is the No. 7 seed in the 100-yard backstroke, while Sargent and Niagara Wheatfield’s Marissa Watroba are sixth and seventh in the 100 breast stroke.
Elsewhere, Williamsville East is in the state semifinals in boys soccer and plays Middletown today, while Canisius takes on Fordham Prep in the state Catholic semifinals. In girls soccer, Sacred Heart plays St. Anthony’s in the state Catholic semis at Nichols.
In the Class A field hockey semifinals, Williamsville North plays Sachem East at 1:30 p.m. at Cicero-North Syracuse High School, with the winner taking on either Niskayuna or Liverpool at noon on Sunday for the state championship.
Barker plays in the Class C field hockey semis against Southhampton at 9:30 a.m. and the winner plays either Greenwich or Greene on Sunday at 10 a.m. for the title.
The Eden (Class B) and Ellicottville (Class D) girls and Lake Shore boys (Class B) volleyball teams begin pool play in the state semifinals at Glens Falls.