CLIFTON PARK — Glens Falls and Queensbury had solid performances at the Division II finals of the Section II Boys Swimming Championships on Saturday, but came up just short of the team title at Shenendehowa High School.
Albany Academy won with 399 points, edging out Glens Falls, with 395 1/2. Queensbury, the defending champion, finished third with 365.
“We came as close as we could to doing the impossible,” Glens Falls coach Kevin Crossman said. “We didn’t even come into this with notions of a plaque. We felt like we won today.”
Queensbury freshman David Walton won two events: the 200-yard individual medley and 100 backstroke. Walton won the 200 IM in 1 minute, 55.47 seconds. His time in the backstroke was 52.13. He broke his own school records in both events and had already qualified for the state meet in them.
Junior teammate TJ Bearor won the 100 butterfly, in which he also had previously qualified for the state meet, in 53.01.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Ross Caimano, Zac Brown, Walton and Bearor won and surpassed the state-qualifying mark in a time of 3:16.89. The same foursome teamed up to take second in the 200 medley relay in a school-record time of 1:37.41, also qualifying them for states.
Bearor was second in the 200 freestyle in a state-qualifying time of 1:46.18. Caimano took second in the 100 freestyle (50.71), while Brown earned second in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.17).
Earning thirds for Queensbury were Brown in the 500 freestyle (5:07.78) and Aidan Ford in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.45).
“While we did not finish where we had hoped, I am not disappointed with how the team performed today,” Queensbury coach Mike Anderson said via email. “The depth of Glens Falls was on full display and second place was very well deserved. With that being said, we had some phenomenal swims and finishes today.”
Glens Falls’ top finish came in the 400 freestyle relay, as the team of Nolan Towers, Mitchell Skellie, Neil Hogan and Thompson Collins placed second in 3:28.27, 15 seconds faster than its preliminary time.
Will Center earned third in the 100 backstroke for the Indians, in 56.33. Glens Falls took third, fourth, fifth and eighth in that event.
Glens Falls also took third in the 200 freestyle relay. The team of Andrew Fairchild, Skellie, Drew Floyd and Collins finished in 1:34.17.
The Indians will be a factor in the future, as only five of their 36 athletes are seniors. Depth was a big factor in making the Indians a contender for the team title.
“The young group that joined us this year were motivated, hard-working,” Crossman said. “They were hungry for something.”