F-M girls swimmers earn fourth straight sectional Class A title

first_imgMoving to the 500 freestyle, Mathews went hard all the way to the end and, in 5:13.57, again just was faster than was needed since the state qualifying time was 5:14.65. Emma Luttrell got second place in 5:21.30 and Grace Reyna was sixth in 5:47 flat.Though hailing from nearby Cazenovia, Morgan Kingsley qualified for four different races at the state meet. By herself, she went 24.78 seconds in the 50-yard freestyle to beat the state qualifying standard of 24.84 and then hold off Cicero-North Syracuse’s Bryn Myers, who was second in 25.17 seconds. Eighth-grader Georgia Langan took third place in 25.35 seconds.Also, in the 100 breaststroke, Kingsley entered as the top seed with her regular-season time of 1:10.13, but she needed 1:08.60 to reach the state meet – and got there, her 1:08.37 well clear of Liverpool’s Delaney Gellert (1:09.98) in the runner-up spot. F-M’s Katie Ottaviano was third in 1:10.55, with teammates Meghan Seidberg and Caitlin Rameas fifth and sixth, respectively.Luttrell reached the state meet in the 100 butterfly, where her time of 59.95 seconds just was enough since 1:00.02 was needed. Antshel again finished second, in 1:01.31, while Hali Seidberg was sixth in 1:02.98.F-M also qualified for the state meet in two different relays. Kingsley, Luttrell, Langan and Hannah Kellogg went 1:40.16 to win the 200 freestyle relay over Oswego (1:41.61), while Mathews joined Kellogg, Kingsley and Luttrell to go 3:42.29 and win the 400 freestyle relay when 3:42.73 was needed for the state meet.On her own, Kellogg won the 200 freestyle in 1:58.66 to beat out Oswego’s Sydney DeLapp (1:59.48). Meghan Seidberg was sixth in 2:05.47 and Reyna (2:08.85) took eighth place.Kellogg also finished third in the 100 freestyle in 54.57 seconds, while Langan was fourth in 55.98 seconds after she had helped Antshel, Ottaviano and Mathews win the 200 medley relay in 1:52.99 to Liverpool’s 1:53.28.Back on Thursday, at the sectional Class A diving championships, F-M’s Alessandra Manicone had a strong showing, getting to third place with 379.00 points as Cicero-North Syracuse’s Maddie Thorne won with 443 points.Grace VanBramer finished sixth with 324.10 points as Meghan Maloney, with 295.80 points, beat out Natalie Roswick (293.65) and Noelle Anthis (289.60) for ninth place.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: F-Mswimming Not only did F-M pick up 556.5 points to pull far away from runner-up Liverpool (322 points), its swimmers qualified for seven different events for the Nov. 22-23 state championships at Ithaca College.Named the meet’s Most Outstanding Swimmer, Lindsay Mathews got going in the 200-yard individual medley where, in two minutes, 10.36 seconds, she beat the state qualifying standard by more than two seconds.In that same race, Addie Antshel finished second in 2:16.47, with Kate Ottaviano (2:20.43) and Jessey Eisenhut (2:24.83) also finished in the top five.center_img Earlier in this decade, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls program was close to an empty shell, with low participation and enthusiasm.Now, though, the Hornets are unstoppable, having rolled to another Salt City Athletic Conference title and then added a fourth consecutive Section III Class A championship Friday at Nottingham High School.And this one might have proven the most impressive of all.last_img read more

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Point guard Howard Washington enters the transfer portal

first_img Published on March 15, 2020 at 10:58 am Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Syracuse point guard Howard Washington has entered the transfer portal, Washington’s longtime confidant Tony McIntyre told The Daily Orange. Washington’s intentions to transfer were first reported by The Athletic.Washington, a junior, will have two more years of eligibility. Like Brycen Goodine, who announced his intentions to leave Syracuse Friday, Washington received limited playing time after sacrificing the starting point guard job to freshman Joe Girard III. Washington appeared in just 20 games this season, averaging 1.2 points in 7.4 minutes per game.Washington expected that prior to the season there would be a more “open competition” for the point guard minutes, his father Howard Washington Sr. said. The junior guard begrudgingly missed the previous season after McIntyre, the father of former Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis, told him he didn’t “look 100%” in practice after Washington was cleared from the stroke. McIntyre urged Washington to consider a medical redshirt because he didn’t think it was worth losing the year.Washington was prepared for a starting or primary backup role coming into the year. After the Orange returned from their Italy trip before the start of the season, Washington expressed frustration with limited minutes despite his impression that it would be earned in practice, Washington Sr. said.“I just really know I can hoop with these guys,” McIntyre remembered Washington said. “And ‘I’m better than what they think. If I could just get a chance, I could show them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWashington and Washington Sr. met with head coach Jim Boeheim upon returning from the trip and Boeheim admitted the Orange “over-recruited,” Washington Sr. said, at the guard position because the coaching staff was unaware of Washington’s plans. Boeheim told Washington that he and Goodine would fight for the backup point guard position behind Jalen Carey and Girard — who eventually won the starting job — would earn minutes as Buddy Boeheim’s backup at shooting guard. Boeheim offered the idea of transferring to Washington.“Howard, you’re a good player,” Washington Sr. remembered Boeheim said to Washington. “You can play at a lot of places. It’s just the situation that we’re in right now, we got a lot of guards on the roster. So, it’s going to (be tough to) play five guards.”McIntyre said Washington could have gone to “half-a-dozen” or “a dozen” other schools. Washington Sr. gave Washington a weekend to consider his options, yet McIntyre always thought that Washington was only “75% listening” and onboard with the idea.“The options didn’t seem as promising as his eagerness to want to still fight for it,” McIntyre said.Washington only appeared in six of SU’s first 10 games of the season, but gradually increased his role as the season continued. At the height of his contributions, when he recorded 14.5 minutes per game against Boston College and Virginia Tech, Washington turned his ankle at the end of practice on Jan. 20 which caused significant swelling and forced him out of the next two games.Washington is the second point guard in three days to announce his transfer, yet per multiple reports, former starting point guard Carey is expected to leave the program as well. Per The Athletic, Robert Braswell is expected to seek a transfer as well, while Elijah Hughes is considering entering the 2020 NBA Draft. All the transfers expected to leave the program played limited roles this year. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Prolific Bakambu puts China transfer saga behind him

first_img0Shares0000The French-born Congolese striker joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal earlier this year in a protracted move shrouded in mystery © AFP / Greg BakerSHANGHAI, China, Jul 29 – Cedric Bakambu says that he made “a good choice” leaving Spain for the riches of Chinese football — and he is proving it by hitting 11 goals in as many games.The French-born Congolese striker joined Chinese Super League (CSL) side Beijing Guoan from Villarreal earlier this year in a protracted move shrouded in mystery. The cost of the transfer was never disclosed, but reports in Spain and France said that 40 million euros was paid to release Bakambu from his Villarreal contract, allowing him to move on a free transfer.The Chinese Football Association (CFA) consequently announced in February that clubs who evade their 100 percent levy on incoming foreign players face crippling point deductions.The 27-year-old, who by some estimations became the most expensive African footballer ever with the move to the Chinese capital, has been an instant hit and played a major part in helping Roger Schmidt’s side top the CSL with half the season gone.Speaking on the eve of Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Shanghai Shenhua — Bakambu was again on the scoresheet — the forward said: “I think I made a good choice to come here.“It is a new experience and I enjoy a lot my new life here in China.”Speaking to AFP after the game, the former France under-20 international said he did not care what people thought about him moving to China from La Liga at the pinnacle of his career.He is thought to earn about 18 million euros a year and previously admitted the cash was a major incentive.“I know why I am here and it does not matter what others think,” he said in his first substantive comments to international media since arriving in China.“I do what I want to do and the most important thing in life is that I am happy, the rest does not matter.”Unlike some other foreign players who move to China, Bakambu brought his family with him.“I like my life here in China and Beijing because I have good friends in my team, I am with my family, I am scoring goals and we are winning a lot of games,” said Bakambu, reportedly on the radar of English Premier League clubs before choosing China.– ‘That’s quality’ –Bakambu is among a cast of overseas players lured to the Asian country on handsome contracts that most clubs in Europe cannot match.But his transfer was more unusual than most, dragging on for weeks as Guoan refused to say that he had signed even though he was pictured training with them.German coach Schmidt, who took over at Guoan a year ago following his sacking by Bayer Leverkusen, was fulsome in his praise of Bakambu.“He’s a very, very good striker and he does not need many opportunities to score,” said the 51-year-old, whose side have lost just once in 14 games this season.Bakambu on Saturday put Guoan in front with a predatory close-range finish, but the visitors conceded an injury-time equaliser.“It was very hard to get great chances to score but at the right moment he was there and that’s not a coincidence — that’s quality,” said Schmidt.“He has done that very often this season, so he was a very good transfer for our club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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