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Section 3 swimming: Watertown’s Netto qualifies in 4 state events


ROME — Michael Netto qualified for state competition in four events to highlight Watertown’s second-place finish during the Section 3 Class A boys swimming championships on Thursday at Rome Free Academy.

The defending champion Cyclones scored 293.5 points, while Liverpool easily claimed the title with 428 points. West Genesee (249.5) took third place out of 12 teams.

Netto, a junior, is state-bound in the 200-yard individual medley, 100 breaststroke and the 200 medley and 200 free relays. He captured the 200 IM with a time of 1 minute, 56.77 seconds and took second in the breaststroke in 57.54.

Watertown freshman Joey Ongkingco qualified for states with a second-place finish in the 100 butterfly (53.54) and contributed to the state-bound 200 medley relay, which finished second.

Brad McKinney anchored both the 200 free relay, which took first place, and the 200 medley relay for Watertown. Andrew Marilley swam legs on both relays, and Neal Ruparelia contributed to the 200 free relay for Watertown.

Nick Burdo and Garret Clarke of Liverpool each qualified for states in four events. Burdo captured the 100 free and 100 backstroke. Clarke claimed the 100 breaststroke with a sectional-record time and took second in the 200 IM. Both contributed to a pair of winning relays.

Collin Zapisek of West Genesee clocked state-qualifying times with wins in the 200 and 500 free.


Ethan Klock captured the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly, setting school records in both events, to help lead Indian River to a fourth-place finish during the Section 3 Class B championships on Wednesday at Rome Free Academy.

Klock also contributed to the winning 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays.

Indian River scored 225 points, while Mexico secured the team title with 418 points. South Jefferson (345.5) and New Hartford (290) were second and third, respectively, out of nine teams.

Zach Koerick, Dennis Zhou and Jared Chant also contributed to both relay victories for the Warriors.

Indian River coach Alan Baker was voted swimming and diving coach of the year.

Addison Roberts won the 50 free for South Jefferson.



Emma Rexford scored 15 points to lead the top-seeded Golden Bears to victory over the No. 4 Panthers during a Section 10 Class C semifinal game in Canton.

Canton will meet No. 3 St. Lawrence Central for the championship at 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22 at SUNY Potsdam.

Katie Christy added 13 points for Canton (16-2 overall).

Arielle Gary supplied nine points for Brushton-Moira (7-11).


Breanna Vatter and Lindsey Thayer each scored seven points in the fourth quarter as No. 3 St. Lawrence Central (10-9) used a 19-10 spurt in the final quarter to upset the No. 2 Lumberjacks in a Class C semifinal in Tupper Lake.

Vatter finished with 16 points and Thayer added 14 points for SLC.

Katie Stuart led Tupper Lake (10-8) with 28 points, 14 rebounds and seven steals. Ryane O’Connor had 12 rebounds for Tupper Lake.


Abby Kelly’s 28-point effort sent No. 2 Salmon River past the No. 3 Sandstoners (5-13) in a Class B semifinal in Fort Covington.

Salmon River (14-5) will meet top-seeded Ogdensburg Free Academy in the championship game at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 at SUNY Potsdam.

Aliyah Cook scored 16 points, Kwio King tallied 15 and Taylor Francis added 11 for Salmon River.

Sarah Vivlamore and Shanielle Chambers both scored 17 for Potsdam (5-13). Taylor Bonno scored 12 and Breanna Sapp added 11 for the Sandstoners.


The Blue Devils (13-5) took a 21-4 lead after one quarter and defeated No. 4 Gouverneur in a Class B semifinal in Ogdensburg.

Riley Luckie led OFA with 17 points and Meg Dodge tallied 10. Kristin Roberts scored 10 for the Wildcats (2-16).

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