Victor junior Jeff Williamson is regarded as one of the top swimmers in Section 5. After Saturday night’s performance at Erie Community College, he may be known as one of the best in the state.
Williamson claimed the New York Public High School state title in the 500 freestyle with a
time of 4:32.97, breaking the previous Section 5 record set in 1984. Williamson also broke the 32-year old Section 5 record in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:39.85, placing him second in the state in that event.
This is Williamson’s first title in three trips to the state championships, and his victory in the 500 freestyle marks the first state title in boys swimming in school history. The Blue Devils also set another milestone this season, sending a record six swimmers to the state competition.
Joining Williamson were Ben Chappell, Brian Shanahan, Aaron Natarelli, Luke Shanahan and Kyle Shares. Chappell placed 15th overall in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.65, while Shares competed in the diving competition. In the 400 freestyle relay, Chappell, Natarelli and Williamson teamed up with Luke Shanahan for a time of 3:16.58, good for an eighth place finish. Chappell and Natarelli joined Williamson and Brian Shanahan in the 200 medley relay, where the team placed 19th with a time of 1:40.66.
“This was a fantastic season,” said Victor head coach Christine Phelps. “Having sent six swimmers to the state meet, the most in school history, I could not be more proud.”
Canandaigua senior Nick Ringhoff made a pair of appearances in the state meet. Ringhoff
placed 19th in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.52 while also swimming on the Braves’ 200
freestyle relay team. There he was joined by Trevor Dobies, Sean Carbary and Michael Cuciti,
where the group swam to an 18th place finish with a time of 1:31.93.
Marcus Whitman’s Tyler Webster also earned a trip to the state championships. Webster
represented his school and Section 5 in the 100 backstroke, where placed 31st with a time of 54.92.