Leading off today:
Northport-Commack sophomore Chloe Stepanek
won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.63 and then clocked :49.93 to win the 100 freestyle on her way to being named the most outstanding swimmer in the girls state meet Saturday at Ithaca College.
Stepanek's time in the 200 was three seconds faster than the field, and both times lowered Suffolk County records she set Friday in the preliminaries. She was second in the 200 and fifth in the 100 a year ago.
"The hard work that you put in, even though you're hurting and you want to stop, pays off," she said. "You have to think of the long-term goals and what you want to achieve."
Pittsford's Megan Deuel bagged four Federation titles, including individual championships in the 100 butterfly (:54.23) and 100 backstroke (:54.83 for a Section 5 record).
Deuel, Becca Evans, Sarah Cooper and Sarah Smith won the 200 medley relay in 1:43.92. Evans, Molly Brennan, Smith and Deuel came in first in the 200 free relay in 1:35.52.
Penfield got a 1-2 finish from senior Toni Naccarella (:23.45) and sophomore Serafina Viola. The pair helped the Patriots to second place in the 200 free in 1:37.05 and the NYSPHSAA title (second overall to Hempstead Sacred Heart) in the 400 relay.
The 400 relay was disqualified in the Section 5 Class A final a week earlier, but the quartet had a state qualifying time and a shot at redemption.
"We had a feeling of unfinished business but we did something even better than that," Penfield coach Jason Weber said. "Sometimes things happen for a reason."
Lauryn Johnson of Sacred Heart capped a strong meet with a victory as part of the 400 freestyle relay. Earlier in the day, she finished second in the 500 free (4:52.24), third in the 100 butterfly (:55.22) and third as part of the 200 free relay (1:37.09).