It was a big day for the New Paltz boys this past Saturday, not only with Leo Kuyl running away with the 50 and 100 freestyle races, but also winning the 200 Medley and 200 Freestyle relays. All in all, the Huguenots are sending five swimmers to States
Kuyl, who broke every pool record in the 50 freestyle this season, ripped through the Valley Central pool in 20.94, just off Lawrence Virgilio of Pine Bush’s 20.36 in 2011. And not to be complacent, the long, lean 6-6 senior then blew everyone away with a 46.30 in the 100 freestyle, again just off Virgilio’s 2011 mark of 45.12. Kuyl is ranked third in the State in the 50 and fourth in 100 freestyle and could have himself quite the State Meet.
And still one not to rest on his laurels, Kuyl anchored both winning relays: the 200 Medley with Tadju Trzewik-Quinn, Finn Goldleaf, Sean Geisler and Kuyl in a blistering 1:37.80; and the 200 Freestyle Relay with Geisler, Alex Demis, Trzewik-Quinn and Kuyl in 1:28.16.
Trzewik-Quinn finished second in the 100 backstroke in 53.87 (qualifying for States), with Geisler finishing seventh in the 100 butterfly (he had qualified for States in Friday’s preliminaries with a 53.68) in 54.14 and sixth in the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.23. Trzewik-Quinn had already qualified for the 100 butterfly in season.
The New Paltz kids took fifth in the 400 Freestyle relay, as sophomore Demis, freshman Pece, junior Goldleaf and freshman Brady Saunders swam a 3:29.0.
For Highland, Philip Sadchikov finished second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:00.90 — qualifying for States — and third in the 200 Individual Medley in 59.79, also qualifying for States.
New Paltz, with just eight swimmers on hand, finished second to Monroe-Woodbury 322.5 to 249.5.
The State Meet is at the Nassau Aquatics Center on Long Island on March 1-2.