|
|
|
Victor Post
  • Boys Swimming: Cougars move into Section 5's elite

  • HF-L is training for the Class B championship meet, which will be held on Feb. 16 at the Webster Aquatic Center. The Cougars are expected to contend for the team title along with Victor and Canandaigua.

    • email print
  • Norm Schueckler has experienced something this season he has felt only two other times in his 31 years as head coach of the Honeoye Falls-Lima boys swimming team.
    “It’s funny how you get a team with a talented senior class, it goes in cycles,” Schueckler said. “We seem to go through this every 10 years."
    This year’s team has a strong senior class of eight talented athletes. The previous two times were 1992-’93 and 2002-’03.
    Schueckler is hoping the 2012-’13 season can end the same way as those two years; with a sectional championship.
    HF-L is training for the Class B championship meet, which will be held on Feb. 16 at the Webster Aquatic Center. The Cougars are expected to contend for the team title along with Victor and Canandaigua.
    “I think everyone is coming together to work hard,” said HF-L senior Justin Gardner, who primarily swims the 50 freestyle and 100 breastroke. “We realized at the beginning of the season we had a shot to win sectionals and everyone is getting better.”
    The Cougars won nine straight dual meets following a loss in the season opener to Penfield. A three-meet stretch against Brighton, Victor and Canandaigua in early January put the rest of Section 5 on notice - HF-L was a threat in Class B.
    The Cougars defeated the Barons, the defending Class B champions, and two days later they won over the Blue Devils for the first time in program history. One week later the Cougars set three records as they defeated the Braves.
    HF-L earned a measure of revenge after finishing third to CA and Victor in the Fab Four Invitational.
    “It was awesome,” said Troy Birdsall, Cougars senior diver, about the win over Victor. “In the past they have always beaten us. They have always been our archrivals, so it was nice to beat them.”
    Birdsall broke the school record for diving in the team’s win over the Braves, one of many record-breaking performances this season. Erick Burgwardt broke the school record in the 100 butterfly in the team’s win over Eastridge on Jan. 15 and all three relays have broken HF-L pool records.
    Birdsall, Burgrwardt and talented sprinter Jacob Shanks are part of a senior class that have helped the program transition from the Livingston County League to become one of the better teams in Monroe County.
    “The people we have, the seniors we have, all of them are scoring points and that has really helped us and made us one of the top teams in the area,” said Burgwardt, who is in his fifth season on varsity.
    The underclassmen have provided a spark too, thanks to freshman David DeLaus. DeLaus is one of the top distance swimmers in the area, having qualified for states in the 500 free and has the third fastest time in Class B in the 200 free.
    Page 2 of 2 - Sophomore Paul Tobin returned to the Cougars in January after suffering an injury during the football season and was integral in the team’s wins over Brighton, Victor and CA. Tobin, a freestyle specialist, is used on the 200 medley and 200 free relay teams.  
    “Everyone has put in hard work and a lot of time in practice,” said DeLaus, who is already in his third varsity season. “We feel like everything has been building towards this season.”
     

      calendar