Weekly Feature

2017-10-05 / Sports

Lady Legends swim their way to 8-0


It’s been quite a season so far for the Lancaster girls’ swim team. The Lady Legends are 8-0 after their latest league win, a 93-90 victory over Clarence. They defeated Sacred Heart 135-128 earlier in the week, setting a pair of pool records in the 100 breaststroke (Michaela Morgus) and the medley relay (Molly Hewett, Tori Prusaczyk, Morgus and Sydney Burgard).

“We’ve been dominant,” Lancaster Coach Mark Ayers said. “We’ve won a lot of good races. The girls are training hard and they’re overcoming being sore and tired and still swimming fast. They’re taking care of business when they have to.”

Records have been falling in multiple locations for the quartet of Burgard, Hewett, Prusaczyk and Morgus. They’ve been dominant everywhere they have gone. They set marks at Hamburg in addition to doing the same last year. They’re the second fastest in their event in Section VI and top-10 in the state.

“They’re poised to do great things this year,” Ayers said. “Last year they were 14th or 15th in the state. This year we’re trying to get them in the top five and hopefully better.”

The Lady Legends also set records in a dominant win over Williamsville East Thursday, 115-55.

“We were dominant, we set two pool records at their place,” Ayers said. “It wasn’t a meet we were resting for. We knew we would win and we still swam fast. We were very competitive in a bunch of races.”

Beyond the top quartet, there are plenty of talented swimmers on the Lancaster roster. The team is 38 girls deep, featuring talent at every event. Ivy Vallely is strong in the 500 and 100 free. Morgan Gardner is the second fastest 500 free swimmer in Section VI.

“We have a big team of 38 and everyone is swimming their best times, which is great to see,” Ayers said. “Morgan Gardner has been doing great as well. She has come around as a sprinter, but she’s really great in the distance races. She’s the second fastest in the 500 in Section VI.

“Pretty much every event we’re able to put swimmers there. The butterfly has been great. We’ve had the top three girls in some races before. With Micala, Tori and Kacie Voight as well, we’re really able to dominate some of these events.”

Things will not get any easier for the Lady Legends in the coming weeks. They’ll have reigning champion Orchard Park at home Friday before hosting Frontier Tuesday. Both have given the team trouble in the past.

“Orchard Park is very dominant and we hope to scare them in a bunch of events and make it as close as possible,” Ayers said. “We beat Frontier for the first time last year and we would like to do that again. We’re poised to continue what we’ve done so far. We have some big meets coming up here.”

Those two meets will close the regular season for Lancaster. The team will then turn its attention to the postseason, where it should shine. The Lady Legends are aiming to send quite a few girls to the state championship meet in Ithaca.

“We’d like to qualify as many girls for states as possible,” Ayers said. “We have three relays and six individual events. We’re looking to bring a big crew to states in Ithaca. We’re very close to a lot of states times. We’re looking forward to our big rival meet against Frontier. Then we have Clarence after that. We’ve never beat them before. We’re at their place this time.”

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