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Diary of a Mad Sportswriter: Swimming math before/after the Section II finals

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.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Swimming math before/after the Section II finals

For a non-swimming parent, athlete or official it could be considered the longest three days of the varsity sports season...the annual girls swim meet.

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It's not necessarily a bad thing, the sport has grown and so many athletes qualify for the meet that it takes a single day just to pare the swimmers down to the top 18 in two, count it, two divisions. Then a day is dedicated for the divers to compete five of their 11 dives.

That brings us to Saturday, beginning at the ill-advised time of 12:45 p.m. for the large school division (Division 1) before giving way to the small school division, (Division II) at 6 p.m.

Who made this schedule, the Marques de Sade?

Last year was actually easier on the boys side where the meet was held in two different locations and the first one began at 10 a.m.

Enough about my schedule woes..the one advantage that comes from having the preliminaries on Thursday is the ability to assign potential here we go...

Divison I swim math
Shen by a landslide to return to the top of Section II swimming!

I have the Plainsmen with 400 points without diving included with Bethlehem second with 332 points. It's a two-team race and the rest of the 10-team field as spectators cheering on their teammates for spots on the New York State team.

The 3-4-5 spot is a nice race between Niskayuna (263), Saratoga (253), Shaker (216).
I have Shen winning two relays, big points, 40 each to bookend the meet and having five swimmers in the 500-freestyle event for a preliminary round potential of 66 points ends up being the hammer for the Plainsmen.

Note: Points are awarded for 1-8 and 9-16th position. The meet uses an 8-lane pool and points are based on your finishing time. A 'B' finisher (9-16) cannot displace an 'A' finisher in points. No points are awarded until Saturday afternoon or, ugh, the night.

Division II swim math prediction
Burnt Hills takes third straight Division II title

The Burnt Hills girls squad won't have to find a way to hold of Queensbury this year, they own this division going away.

Last year the Spartans won the DII title by a single point, 388-387.

This year, I've got Burnt Hills winning with 492 points compared to Queensbury's 426 without the diving equation. Glens Falls is a distant third with 215 points followed by Gloverville-Mayfield fourth at 201 and Scotia-Glenville fifth at 180.

It looks like a twi-night yawner, but hopefully the BH-BL squad can place a few more swimmers on the state team this year.

If you go, dress lightly or barely, RPI's nanotorium can be oppressively warm and be prepared to pay $6 beans for entry..this is still a Section II event.

Editor's note
I didn't fair too poorly with my preliminary math and the actual outcome. Here is a look at the breakdown:

Division I team results - I had the first six teams in order with Shen a clear winner. Take into account an earlier math error, adding in diving but taking out the DQ by the Bethlehem 200-meter relay team for an administrative error (costing them 32 points) I was within 2.5 points of Shen's winning total and 28 of second-place Bethlehem.

Division II team results - I had the first seven teams in order and was within five points of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake's win total and within seven of Queensbury with diving included. The spread was a little closer, 40 points compared to my math of 66.

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