For a team that spends every day in the water, it’s been a long, dry spell for Fulton’s swimmers.
The boys varsity team went winless all of last season and dropped the first meet of this season to powerhouse J-D/CBA last week.
But the team found a reason to cheer Tuesday, beating Pulaski 90-83 for its first victory of the year.
There was reason for Pulaski to be hopeful as well.Ã‚Â It’s a first-year team but has two solid swimmers in Nick and Matt Brennan.
Scott Bullard pulled four wins for the Red Raiders, as part of the winning 200 medley relay team, and then, in back-to-back-to-back races in the 500 freestyle, as part of the 200 free relay and the 100 backstroke.
Ryan Knopp’s second place in the 500 also provided key points towards the Fulton victory.
Josh Strauss won the 200 individual medley and was part of the two winning relays.Ã‚Â Ben Davis finished second in the 100 freestyle and was part of the two winning relays.Ã‚Â Richard Walter won the 50 freestyle, was part of the two winning relays and took second in diving.
For Pulaski, Nick Brennan won the 100 and 200 freestyle races and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay unit.Ã‚Â Matt Brennan won the 100 butterfly and was part of the winning relay team.
The two teams were fairly evenly matched except for one thing:Ã‚Â Fulton has divers and Pulaski doesn’t.
Fulton’s Steven Hanczyk, a freshman who qualified for the Section III meet as an 8th grader, posted his best score ever with a six dive total of 192.53, doing dives of a lower degree of difficulty because of the lack of competition.Ã‚Â Walter, in his first year with the team, missed qualifying for Sectionals by .29, with a score of 149.71.
Diving coach Raina Hinman said the two will tackle harder dives Friday when the team goes up against Weedsport.
The 10 points Fulton won in the diving event was enough to offset an otherwise even meet.Ã‚Â Pulaski will have an advantage when the two teams meet at their pool on January 12:Ã‚Â There’s no diving board at Pulaski’s pool.
Head coach Dexter Hinman called the win a combined team effort shortly before his team threw him into the pool to celebrate the win.
[Disclosure: Yes, that’s my son who swims for Fulton. – Dave Bullard]