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FL girls swimming preview: Spartans’ Markey ready to excel in the water


ADAMS — Hannah Markey is taking a different approach this swimming season.

The South Jefferson junior is learning to convert her nervous energy into power in the pool.

“I’m trying to make myself more of a machine,” Markey said. “I know that sounds kind of funny, but when the nerves start to build up I just think of it as my fuel, and that’s what drives me.”

Markey experienced frustration last season when she was unable to improve her race times from the previous year. She was invited up to varsity as a freshman and made an immediate impact as a freestyle sprinter. But, as Markey dealt with more pressure to lead the team last year, she struggled to drop time in her events. She said she was dwelling too much about technique and form.

“I would focus on breathing and then I would focus on flip turns, and if it wasn’t good enough the rest of the race I’d be hung up on that one flip turn that I messed up on,” Markey said.“And now I’m trying to make myself more of a machine, it’s programmed into me, I just think fast, just go fast.”

Markey’s main events have been the 50- and 100-yard freestyles and as an anchor on the 200 and 400 free relays. Taking into consideration South Jefferson’s young swimming program is entering its sixth year, she holds school records in all four events.

“Hannah’s by far one of the most dedicated swimmers I’ve coached,” South Jefferson coach Tim Corbett said. “She gives it everything she’s got. She’s there to push her teammates even if they don’t feel they can do it. She’s super supportive.”

This season Markey expects to be competing in a variety of events to see what she can do and to try to return the excitement to her races.

Markey captured the 100 backstroke, with a school-best time, during Thursday’s season-opening nonleague victory over Mexico. She also claimed the 100 free and swam on the winning freestyle relays.

“Finally this year with the team that we have she doesn’t have to do so much,” Corbett said. “The other two years there was pressure she had to be the girl to do everything, but now she’s more relaxed because she knows her teammates will pick up anything else we need.”

The Spartans are also expecting contributions from Amy Johnson in the sprints and 100 butterfly and Maddie Lowe in the 100 and freestyle relays. Anna Docteur should provide strong performances in the 200 and 500 free, while Kayla Vanderpool is focusing on the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke.

“I was looking forward to the season from the get-go because I knew that the team that I had, they were hungry to be pushed,” Corbett said. “We’re already shooting at times this year at that first meet that we weren’t seeing last year until the end of the season.”

South Jefferson finished 8-2 last year, losing twice to Frontier League champion Watertown. Markey says her team has what it needs to beat the Cyclones and capture their first league title.

“I expect a lot of great things from us this year,” Markey said. “I know a lot of people have been talking about Watertown and how we’re right on their heels. I think we’ve totally got it; It’s just about believing in ourselves. ”

Markey recognizes how difficult upsetting Watertown will be. The teams will get their first chance to face each other on Thursday at South Jefferson.

“I think it’s going to be extremely close,” Markey said. “We’re trying to prepare ourselves mentally for it because the major factor that would be holding our team back is the lack of confidence.

“We all have the ability,” Markey added. “I think it’s all about getting the mindset and quick flip turns, quick starts. That’s what it’s going to come down to, really pushing ourselves.”

Watertown graduated 11 seniors from last year’s 10-1 overall, 10-0 squad, including state competitor Samantha Favret, who dominated the 200 IM and 100 backstroke. The Cyclones also lost distance swimmer Brittney Thesier and sprinter Bree Jefferds. Watertown coach Lori Peters said she had to rebuild all her relays this season.

Watertown will rely on Victoria Olsen in distance races, and Julia Marilley in the sprints and 100 butterfly. Kaylee Cook and eighth-grader Brooke Peters are also expected to make an impact.

Here’s a look at all the Frontier League teams:



Outlook: Watertown and South Jefferson will be likely contenders for the “A” Division and overall North Division title. The Spartans have a chance to beat the Cyclones and claim their first league crown. The race between the two teams should be an exciting one. Defending champion Watertown will rely on Victoria Olsen (distance), Kaylee Cook (backstroke) and Julia Marilley (sprints, butterfly). South Jefferson should get its strength from Hannah Markey (sprints, backstroke), Amy Johnson (sprints), Maddie Lowe (100 free, relays) and Anna Docteur (distance). Carthage will seek leadership from Claire Sauter, Carly Sullivan, Kendra Bates and Natasha Gamble. Indian River will depend on versatile swimmer Rachel Rodriquez (100 butterfly, 100 back, 500 free).

Carthage Comets

Coach: Nancy Mushtare (8th year).

2012 record: 6-4 overall, 6-4 league.

Roster: Mari Ames (Sr.), Alison Barber (Sr.), Kendra Bates (Sr.), Natasha Gamble (Sr.), Allison McGowan (Sr.), Caitlin Nash (Sr.), Gabbee Park (Sr.), Claire Sauter (Sr.), Carly Sullivan (Sr.), Danielle Baker (Jr.), Kristen Godlewski (Jr.), Whitney Grover (Jr.), Stephanie House (Jr.), Alyssa Kamide (Jr.), Jasmine Lincoln (Jr.), Samantha Phillips (Jr.), Catherine Roberts (Jr.), Courtney Smith (Jr.), Kalie Strife (Jr.), Victoria Bechard (So.), Erica Delles (So.), Rebecca Hanson (So.), Erica Nash (So.), Alexis Acevedo (Fr.), Leigha Adair (Fr.), Faith Baker (Fr.), Angela Bechard (Fr.), Logan Bigelow (Fr.), Catherine Bracy (Fr.), Meaghan Duerr (Fr.), Shannon Engstrom (Fr.), Hannah Fuchs (Fr.), Jenna Gianelli (Fr.), Aubrey Gracia (Fr.), Kearstin Johnston (Fr.), Makayla LaCroix (Fr.), Julie Minor (Fr.), Kara Sue Mulvaney (Fr.), Kaleigh O’Dell (Fr.), April Roggie (Fr.), Alyssa Schrantz (Fr.), Emily de los Santos (Fr.).

Indian River Warriors

Coach: Alan Baker (12th year).

2012 record: 1-9.

Roster: Bailey Muntz (Sr.), Rachel Rodriquez (Sr.), Kylee Beckstead (Jr.), Taylor Kiechle (Jr.), India Leddy (Jr.), Grace Lee (Jr.), Morgan Lightner (Jr.), Ashley Seybolt (Jr.), Kali Sherbino (Jr.), Julia Wallace (Jr.), Natalie Wicks (So.), Kayla Barbarito (Fr.), Lindsey Clark (Fr.), Marissa Domeyer (Fr.), Tyler Heflin (Fr.), Kaylee Monroe (Fr.), Kayla Side (Fr.).

South Jefferson Spartans

Coach: Tim Corbett (6th year).

2012 record: 8-2.

Roster: Amy Johnson (Sr.), Lexi Smith (Sr.), Heather Williams (Sr.), Halei Loya (Jr.), Hannah Markey (Jr.), Lauren Perry (Jr.), Sydney Robert (Jr.), Kylie Snow (Jr.), Hannah Sutton (Jr.), Kayla Vanderpool (Jr.), Kali Becker (So.), Libby Conners (So.), Mariah Corbett (So.), Alexis Crosbie (So.), Kristen Krone (So.), Maddie Lowe (So.), Cierra Lucas (So.), Teodora Silverstein (So.), Kelsey Tibbles (So.), Tessa Winkler (So.), Anna Docteur (Fr.), Mihaela Silverstein (Fr.), Danielle Wood (8th).

General Brown: Ashlynn Gilfillan (So.), Julia Gilfillan (8th).

Watertown Cyclones

Coach: Lori Peters (20th year).

2012 record: 10-1, 10-0.

Roster: Kaylee Cook (Sr.), Meredith Griffin (Sr.), Lydia LaVere (Sr.), Abigail Wells (Sr.), Cailey Burrows (Jr.), Maggie Finster (Jr.), Julia Marilley (Jr.), Emily Medley (Jr.), Victoria Olsen (Jr.), Maggie Valentine (Jr.), Alexa Gallo (So.), Tia Mathison (So.), Allison Medley (So.), Vanessa Vallance (So.), Tiffany Willix (So.), Anna Castilleja (Fr.), Makenna Evans (Fr.), Meredith Forbes (Fr.), Megan Jordan (Fr.), Hannah Leopard-Davis (Fr.), Hanna Sanderson (Fr.), Hailey Alvarado (8th), Brooke Peters (8th).


Outlook: Thousand Islands and Lowville should be top contenders in the “B” Division. Leading the Vikings will be Joanne Bechaz (500 free, diving), Darien Frederick (diving) and Schuyler Withington (50 and 100 free). The Red Raiders will rely on Kelsey McLean (500 free), Kendal Lazarus (200 IM, overall strokes), Megan Denise (diving), Grace Metzler (sprints) and Bryanna Malbouf (breaststroke). Beaver River will be led by Sidney Hawksley, Bethany Prashaw and Leah Lapp.

Beaver River Beavers

Coach: Anne Davis (27th year).

2012 record: 2-9, 1-9.

Roster: Alexandra Davis (Sr.), Sidney Hawksley (Sr.), Ariel Ortlieb (Sr.), Isabella Rollin (Sr.), Bethany Prashaw (Jr.), Leah Lapp (So.), Kaleigh Lehman (So.), Elizabeth Harrison (Fr.), Molly Jacobs (Fr.), Lynzie Meyer (Fr.), Allison Miller (Fr.), Sierra Nuffer (Fr.), Kristen Van Horn (Fr.), Madeline Monnat (8th).

Lowville Red Raiders

Coach: Marcia Kenealy (2nd year).

2012 record: 3-7.

Roster: Abi Jantzi (Sr.), Kendal Lazarus (Sr.), Kelsy McLean (Sr.), Olivia Moshier (Sr.), Adrienne Tabolt (Sr.), Devon Wolf (Sr.), Megan Denise (Jr.), Sylvia Larkins (Jr.), Noelle McCall (Jr.), Karlaina McClelland (Jr.), Sidney Simpson (Jr.), Megan Weber (Jr.), Lyndsey Young (Jr.), Heather Adsit (So.), Emily Birchenough (So.), Meagan Lazarus (So.), Bryanna Malbouf (So.), Nakayla Souva (So.), Daisy Unger (So.), Charley Zicari (So.), Tyra Bush (Fr.), Olivia Houppert (Fr.), Sarah Lyndaker (Fr.), Grace Metzler (Fr.), Chelsea Munger (Fr.), Aleah Young (Fr.).

South Lewis Falcons

Coach: Neil Austin (14th year).

2012 record: 5-7, 4-6.

Roster: Myanna Gokey (Sr.), Rachael Humphrey (Sr.), Mia Poste (Sr.), Cheryl Staats (Sr.), Kelise Staats (Sr.), Megan Woolschlager (Sr.), Chloe Stinebrickner (Jr.), Mariah Ward (Jr.), Morgan Austin (So.), Crystal Farney (So.), Heather Hayes (So.), Paige Rivers (So.), Keely Sullivan (So.), Vickie Weber (So.), Gabriel Dailey (Fr.), Rachel Salmon (Fr.), Sarah Teal (Fr.), Marsella Ventura (8th).

Thousand Islands Vikings

Coach: Jon Benner (5th year).

2012 record: 7-3.

Roster: Joanne Bechaz (Sr.), Stephanie Boon (Sr.), Daniela Conti (Sr.), Darien Frederick (Sr.), Amanda Hunter (Sr.), Kim Korcz (Sr.), Karly Sherman (Sr.), Taylor Baird (Jr.), Tayler Campbell (Jr.), Emily Cooper (Jr.), Emily Putnam (Jr.), Megan Rupp (Jr.), Ally Aiken (So.), Sydney Aubertine (So.), Abby Duffy (So.), Paige Durdon (So.), Nicole Farmer (So.), Ellie Oliver (So.), Amity Schoff (So.), Claire Sheley (So.), Kalie Sposato (So.), Maura Warren (So.), Schuyler Withington (So.), Emily Rich (Fr.).



Holland Patent Golden Knights

Coach: Mark Celecki (26th year).

2012 record: 7-5, 7-3.

Roster: Samantha Cieniewicz (Sr.), Ashley Engstrom (Sr.), Andrea Marfone (Sr.), Molly McCulloch (Sr.), Kaitlyn Mytych (Sr.), Martha Redmond (Sr.), Laura Allen (Jr.), Angela Chmielewski (Jr.), Brianna Giannini (Jr.), Leah Harter (Jr.), Amy Kousouros (Jr.), Michaela Kozenewski (Jr.), Devyn Alberico (So.), Kali Barnhart (So.), Jennifer Bieksza (So.), Jenna Gotte (So.), Kayla McNaney (So.), Jenna Smith (So.), Nicole Ball (Fr.), Kathryn Buchanan (Fr.), Sarah Harter (Fr.), Victoria Lukashevich (Fr.).

Rome Free Academy Black Knights

Coach: Michelle Moore (11th year).

2012 record: 8-4, 8-3.

Roster: Emily Canarelli (Sr.), Alexia Gualtieri (Sr.), Brittney Liddy (Sr.), Morgan Mack (Sr.), Amy Marcoccia (Sr.), Jasmine Meerdink (Sr.), Kaylee Sharp (Sr.), Monica Taylor (Sr.), Connie Trips (Sr.), Samantha Goodman (Jr.), Claire Kondella (Jr.), Erin O’Connell (Jr.), Madison Tikalsky (Jr.), Mackenzie Welch (Jr.), Sydney Duck (So.), Tiana Pugh (So.), Dasey Rizzo (So.), Rhiannon Rudd (So.), Selena Campos (Fr.), Olivia Deraway (Fr.), Sarah Fazio (Fr.), Emily Grosso (Fr.), Brianna Salce (Fr.).

Utica Proctor Raiders

Coach: Jeffrey Friedel.

2012 record: 0-8.

Roster: Julia Bjornland (Sr.), Morgan Corsette (Sr.), Andrea Cvijonovich (Sr.), Shannon Lindsey (Sr.), Gabrielle Valariano (Sr.), Ashley Fredsell (Jr.), Marina Giannandrea (Jr.), Alexia Marconi (Jr.), Michele McNaughton (Jr.), Emma Fonner (So.), Dominica Witt (So.), Katie Zaleski (So.), Elizabeth Beswick (Fr.), Hanna Garramone (Fr.), Molly Reily (Fr.), Samantha Schlager (Fr.), Jenna Swift (Fr.).

Whitesboro Warriors

Coach: Kelly Humphreys (2nd year).

2012 record: 10-0.

Roster: Emily Deck (Sr.), Becca Galer (Sr.), Nikki Risucci (Sr.), Krista Rounds (Sr.), Lily Cossey (Jr.), Ashley Flint (Jr.), Alicia Galer (Jr.), Holly Clark (So.), Corinne Filippelli (So.), Sara Heaton (So.), Lindsay Jennings (So.), Briana Maneen (So.), Gwen Evans (Fr.), Carissa St. Germaine (Fr.), Mikayla Scialdone (8th), Evelyn Cossey (8th), Alexa Jessak (7th), Margaret Mull (7th), Alyssa Trinh (7th).


Adirondack Wildcats

Coach: Elizabeth Ritter (3rd year).

2012 record: 5-6, 5-5.

Roster: Shannon Lee (Sr.), Shawna Lee (Sr.), Monika Martinovic (Sr.), Mindy Maryhugh (Sr.), Haley Belewich (Jr.), Morgan Greenwood (Jr.), Hannah Hollenbeck (Jr.), Jade Mason (Jr.), Molly Sumner (Jr.), Makenzie Fay (So.), Amanda Goodwin (So.), Alexis LaQuay (So.), Maria Ruiz Louzon (So.), Sierra Lutz (So.), Jessica Norrs (So.), Kayleigh Wilcox (So.), Makenna Burr (Fr.), Adrianna Ortlieb (Fr.), Kayleigh Sins (Fr.).

Cooperstown CCS Hawkeyes

Coach: Katy Haseley (8th year).

2012 record: 7-3.

Roster: Catherine Borgstrom (Sr.), Lucy Ford (Sr.), Christina Grigoli (Sr.), Lindsay Harloff (Sr.), Kelsey Lent (Sr.), Nana Morohoshi (Sr.), Luisa Pennachio (Sr.), Claire Dohner (Jr.), Renee Friedman (Jr.), Broc Gilbert (Jr.), Eden Griger (Jr.), McKenna Hage (Jr.), Grace Heneghan (Jr.), Sophie Miller (Jr.), Christina Noto (Jr.), Leandra Powers (Jr.), Elizabeth Russo (Jr.), Jen Snyder (Jr.), Emily Stephenson (Jr.), Alina Bischof (So.), Caroline Leonard (So.), Tessa Griger (Fr.), Michaela Marmorato (So.).

Sherburne-Earlville Marauders

Coach: Russ Cutting (4th year).

2012 record: 2-8.

Roster: Eleni Brantley (Sr.), Saige Brantley (Sr.), Shelby Bennett (Jr.), Erin Lawrence (Jr.), Sydney Bennett (So.), Kaitlynne Howard (So.), Elizabeth Bachman (8th), Molly Bachman (8th), Beka Collins-Flynn (8th), Vanessa Doing (8th), Sarah Genter (8th), Kailyn Guiles (8th), Hailey Hall (8th), Hailey Howard (8th), Kiana Marshall (8th), Liz Pierce (8th), Rachel Ryan (8th), Anna Rinaldo (7th), Jordan Small (7th), Brooke Symonds (7th).

West Canada Valley Indians

Coach: Eric Hansen (4th year).

2012 record: 4-8, 2-4.

Roster: Abigail Esty (Jr.), Breea Jackson (Jr.), Jewelia Ritter (Jr.), Taryen Schultz (Jr.), Katarina Duheme (So.), Stevie Kinzey (So.), Cora Maxwell (So.), Nicole Snyder (Fr.), Gabrielle Ippolito (8th), Olivia Johnson (8th), Devin Thomas (8th), Jordyn Conte (7th), Emily Schlesier (7th).

Dolgeville: Katie Benedict (Fr).

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