Pine Bush captures OCIAA swim crown
Pine Bush’s boys swimming team won the OCIAA championships Saturday with 371 points, easily out-distancing Minisink by 80 points, and the Bushmen were led by Steve Lowe, who won the 200-freestyle.
Lowe, a senior, won the 200-freestyle with a time of 1:52.97, still more than five seconds off the state qualifying time of 1:47.60, and slower than his best time this season of 1:51.89, set Jan. 29.
“I’m trying to make states in the 200. I didn’t do it today, I slipped on the block. I’ll try again at sections,” said Lowe.
Lowe, though, has been working hard all season to get his time down to make the state cut.
“I was up around the two-minute mark, and I wasn’t doing well at all. Then I dropped down to 1:51,” he said. “I like the 200 the best, it’s the most challenging.”
Lowe was third in the 100-freestyle, and Padraic Thompson, his teammate, was second in the 50-freestyle. Pine Bush’s Tyler Alexander, a senior, was third in 200-freestyle, and he swam on the Bushmen third-place 200-medley relay team.
Pine Bush’s Brendin Thompson was third in the 200-individual medley, and Bushman Milo Licata was third in diving with 440.50 points.
Jake Borkowski was third in the 100-butterfly, and Pine Bush was third in the 200-freestyle relay. Borkowski and Alexander went 3-4 in the 100-backstroke, and Brendin Thompson and Padraic Thompson, who swam on Pine Bush’s winning 400-freestyle relay team with Borkowski and Lowe, went 2-3 in the 100-breaststroke.
Valley Central was 10th with 88 points. Viking Evan Boldrin was sixth in the 50-freestyle and 11th in 100-freestyle. Boldrin swam on Valley Central’s fifth-place 200-freestyle relay team and on Valley Central’s 400-freestyle relay team, which finished ninth.
Valley Central will host the Section IX championships Feb. 15 and 16.
By Bond Brungard