Leading off today: Chloe Stepanek
of Northport and Megan Deuel
of Pittsford scored two individual victories apiece Saturday in the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships at Ithaca College.
Stepanek captured the state and Federation titles in the 100- and 200-yard freestyles for the third consecutive year en route to being selected the meet's outstanding swimmer for the third time.
"It's truly an honor and very humbling. You have so many other great swimmers here," Stepanek said. "I never go into an event saying, 'I'm going to be the MVP' because you never know what can happen."
Stepanek broke her own state record in the 200 free with a time of 1:46.15. Her previous mark (1:46.73) was set at the Section 11 championships two weeks ago.
Her winning time in the 100 free was :48.76.
Deuel concluded her scholastic career with 11 state titles after winning the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Her time of :52.95 in the butterfly broke the state record of :53.13 by Kristen Romano of Long Beach in 2016. Deuel's backstroke time was :53.82.
"I really came into this meet wanting to race," Deuel said. "I knew I was going to have a great race in both my events. I hoped to go that fast, but I wasn't sure I was going to. When I saw that (butterfly) time I was definitely really happy."
Deuel rarely competed in the backstroke during the season but chose the event over the 200 individual medley while deciding which races to enter at the state meet.
Deuel also helped Pittsford to second overall (and first in the NYSPHSAA) in the 200 medley relay and third overall (second in the NYSPHSAA) in the 400 freestyle relay.
Other meet highlights included Oceanside senior Catherine Stanford repeating as the state champion in the 50 free, also winning the Federation title with a time of :22.84. She also placed second in the 100 free in :49.94.
Port Jefferson senior Kyra Sommerstad successfully defended her title in the 200 IM (2:02.17).
Hempstead Sacred Heart freshman Cavan Gormsen earned the Federation title in the 500 free with a state- record time of 4:46.75, eclipsing the 4:46.80 logged by Lindsay Stone of Pittsford in 2016. Gormsen also helped Sacred Heart's 200 medley relay to a state record of 1:42.21 and the 400 free relay team to victory in the final event of the day.
• You can sift through the full rundown of the meet's swimming and diving results in our reference library.
Cross country: Sam Lawler of Pittsford Mendon and Katelyn Tuohy of North Rockland pounded out convincing individual victories in the Federation Championships at Bowdoin Park in Poughkeepsie.
The Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake boys and Saratoga Springs girls brought home team championships.
Lawler won in a nearly demoralizing 15:57.2 over five kilometers, with Burnt Hills sophomore Ryan Allison next at 16:16.6.
"It's a great meet to win," said Lawler, who won the NYSPHSAA Class B championship last week.
"I told Sam just treat it like another race," Mendon coach Chris Compson said. "It's a fantastic field every year, on a famed course, so that plays more with your mind than with your legs.
"We run on a weekly basis courses harder than Bowdoin. It can be very intimidating, but the hill is relatively short and early in the race. The rest of it is flat and downhill."
Tuohy made it consecutive Federation wins (the meet was canceled due to weather last fall) with a time of 17:02.5.