WEBSTER — The merged Batavia-Notre Dame swim team had an outstanding Class B Sectional Meet Wednesday night at the Webster Aquatics Center as the Irish/Devils finished in fourth place behind many impressive performances, including school and league records and state qualifying times.
The 200 medley relay team of Cooper Mattice, Cooper Fix, Harrison Southall, and Matthew Doeringer set a new school and league record of 1:40.39, which was also a state qualifying Time.
Mattice had an outstanding ending to his career, winning in state qualifying time, the 200 IM in 1:59.55 and 100 Backstroke in :53.82, both new league records and the IM a school-record.
Mattice also teamed up with Southall, Doeringer, and Fix to set a new school and league record in the 400 free relay with 4:22.81.
Southall lowered his school record in the 100 fly, taking second in :53.38 which was also a state qualifying time, and also earning fifth in the 50 free in :22.83 seconds.
Senior Harry Schafer had a strong performance as he placed third in the 500 free with 5:05.77, just two seconds off the school- record, and also placed fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:53.04, while Fix finished third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:05.42 and placed seventh in the 100 free in :51.98.
Doeringer placed 10th in the 200 free in 1:55.01 and 12th in the 100 free in :53.16.
Tyler Kleinbach placed seventh in both the 500 free (5:16.59) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.33) while Caleb Henning placed 13th in the 500 free, dropping 24 seconds off his previous best time to swim a 5:33.53, and also dropped seven seconds in the 200 free to place 22nd with a 2:06.27.
The 200 free relay team of Kleinbach, Henning, Sam Kruppa, and Schafer placed 12th in 1:49.19.
One of ND’s top swimmers, Aaron Treleaven, was unable to swim due to quarantine, which was a huge loss for the Irish/Devils.
Despite everything that happened this season, head coach Eric Geitner was extremely proud of his team following their final meet of the season.
“We could not be prouder of this team,” coach Geitner said. “We had so many obstacles to overcome. With no home pool, they gave us time with a two person per lane restriction from the health department. Tough to get 26 kids quality time in two hours! Then their pool heater broke and we were out of the pool until Attica agreed to let us use their pool after they were done, and we can’t thank them enough! These kids and their parents were so flexible and supportive and rolled with everything. To have the performances we did is outstanding. Outside of Mattice and Harrison and the great races they had, Matt stepped up big for the relays after we lost Aaron to quarantine, Fix was stellar, Harry Schafer left it all in the pool, Tyler Kleinbach capped off a great career, and Caleb Henning - dropping 24 seconds in the 500 and seven seconds in the 200, he was amazing and has set himself up to be another prominent distance swimmer for us. These kids showed resilience no matter what obstacles stood in their way.”