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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Section II Division II live blog notes

Diary of a Mad Sportswriter

Stan Hudy is a sportswriter for The Saratogian and Community News. He covers high school and youth sports in the Saratoga County area as well as writing a weekly book review on sports books. He's not just a "stick and ball" sportswriter, he's willing to take on any sport as well as any subject.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Section II Division II live blog notes

Here are the live blog notes from the Section II Division II (small schools) girls swimming and diving meet Nov. 3 from RPI's Robison Pool.

It's down to the last relay..and the winner is...
Niskayuna never made it interesting, pulling out to an early lead and winning by two full lengths..
The Section II championship came down to second and third as Queensbury and Burnt Hills duked it out stroke by stroke. Burnt Hills took a lead between the two contenders by a hand on the second leg Queensbury took back second during the third leg, but both touched the pad at the same time, setting up a 100-yard duel. Queensbury's Nicki Parker out touched Burnt Hills' Courtney Schwarting for second place by 68/100ths of a second.
With the scoring official, Burnt Hills wins the DII final by a single point, 388-387!

Its a photo finish in the pool Heading into the final DII event, Queensbury is only three points behind Burnt Hills going into the 400-yard free relay.
A win for either squad gives them the SII title....

BHBL swimmers still ahead
Through 9 out of 12 events Saturday, Burnt Hills still holds a lead over Queensbury, stretching it out to 45 points after the 200-yard freestyle relay.
1. Burnt Hills 297
2. Queensbury 252
3. Niskayuna 207
4. Glens Falls
Note: So far only one racing casualty. The Ravena-Coyemans-Selkirk 200-free relay squad was disqualified agter its lead-off swimmer fell into the water from the starting block prior to the start.
The place got pretty quiet when it happened.

Magic Time!
It's all about the "magic time" at the Section II Division II girls swimming and diving competition at RPI's Robison Pool.
For the first time the meet was physically split into two, with smaller schools swimming first, than the larger schools swimming later in the day due to capacity restrictions at RPI.
The afternoon's swimmers could only guarantee a spot on the New York State meet team if they swam under the pre-determined NYS qualifing time during the regular season or Saturday.
The disappointment comes if you are the fastest swimmer in the afternoon, that would normally guarantee you a spot on the squad. Now swimmers have to wait to see if a Division I swimmer was faster, if no one met the "magic time."
Now when you add that to the humidity inside the building along with the shrieks of a few hundred teenage girls, you can see why an Excedrine headache is not far off.
After the first four events, Burnt Hills holds a 14-point lead over Queensburt, 151-137. Niskayuna is third at 103.

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