By CHRIS BROOKS, sports editor, wellsvillesports.com
SALAMANCA — Sectionals is right around the corner for the Wellsville Sea Lions. With just a handful of meets left to go before the second season makes its complete arrival, preparations for it march onward and on all of the notes when the team returned to action on Monday, as they provided another dominant performance over the road with a 102-72 victory over Salamanca.
“With just a few regular season meets left to go, the girls are practicing pretty hard,” Sea Lions coach Steve Hand said. “Often times don’t look as fast during the middle of the season when they ramp up, but the girls are continuing to post some quick times. The girls are moving in the right direction. It was awesome to see Morgan get under a minute in the 100 freestyle, the divers looked strong. Kennedy (Ewing) had a nice 500 and Jasmine (Outman) had a Sectional cut in the IM.”
Nine total first place finishes, including two relay events, set the field for another successful and dominant tenure in the water for the Sea Lions (6-0), with Morgan Mattison helping that cause with two individual wins herself — one in each half of the meet, with her first coming in the 200 freestyle, and her last in the 100 freestyle. Wellsville’s two relay victories would stem right in the beginning, in the 200 medley, and directly in the middle from the 200 freestyle relay.
Adding more help individually for the back-to-back Sectional champs was an excellent night on the Diving board from Ashley Oswald, as she recorded a 197.77 score to claim gold. Other triumphant contributors to the team’s sixth-straight win include: Isabelle Hart in the 200 individual medley, Grace Kinnicutt in the 50 freestyle, Hayden Waldon in the 100 butterfly and Kennedy Ewing in the 500 freestyle.
Wellsville will now prepare to go for a seventh straight win back on the road Thursday night, as they visit Letchworth in a 5 p.m. first swim.
Team Scores: Wellsville 102, Salamanca 72
200 Medley – 1. Wellsville (Budinger, Waldon, Kinnicutt, Brandes) 2:13.93, 2. Wellsville, 3 Salamanca.
200 Free – 1. Morgan Mattison (WLSV) 2:14.99, 2. Kaylee Oswald (WLSV), 3. Sara McCormick (WLSV).
200 IMR – 1. Isabelle Hart (WLSV) 2:45.51, 2. Kennedy Ewing (WLSV), 3. Jasmine Outman (WLSV).
50 Free – 1. Grace Kinnicutt (WLSV) 28.39, 2. Camryn Quigley (SAL), 3. Addison Follman (SAL).
Diving – 1. Ashley Oswald (WLSV) 197.77, 2. Kaylee Oswald (WLSV), 3. Gabriella Bly (SAL).
100 Fly – 1. Hayden Waldon (WLSV) 1:09.99, 2. Tiernee Brandes (WLSV), 3. Mikaela Tennity (SAL).
100 Free – 1. Morgan Mattison (WLSV) 59.75, 2. Grace Kinnicutt (WLSV), 3. Charli Ross (SAL).
500 Free – 1. Kennedy Ewing (WLSV) 6:18.50, 2. Camryn Quigley (SAL), 3. Ella Green (WLSV).
200 Relay – 1. Wellsville (Brandes, Hart, Outman, K. Oswald) 1:58.24, 2. Wellsville, 3. Salamanca.
100 Back – 1. Addison Follman (SAL) 1:20.93, 2. Ella Erlandson (SAL), 3. Kynleigh Wass (SAL).
100 Breaststroke – 1. Michaelynn Lecceardone (SAL) 1:38.72, 2. Alexa Reed (SAL).
400 Free – 1. Salamanca (Tennity, Crouse, Ross, Quigley) 4:38.95, 2. Salamanca.