The good news is that Fulton’s depth-challenged varsity swim team gets to compete in a lower division this year because it no longer is combined with Bishop Ludden or Phoenix.Ã‚Â The bad news is that they’ll still swim against most of the same teams that beat smaller programs like theirs.
That’s how the season began for Fulton, now in the B division, as it dropped its opening meet to Jamesville-Dewitt/CBA’s huge team, 99-77.
However, there were bright points on the individual front.
Diver Steven Hanczyk, who qualified for the Section III meet last year as an 8th grader, won the diving event Wednesday, posted a score high enough to qualify for sectionals this year and broke his own personal high score.
He scored 183.45 on six dives.Ã‚Â His program had a high degree of difficulty, said Raina Hinman, his diving coach.Ã‚Â “He executed his dives well,” she said.Ã‚Â She believe he may compete this year for his brother Dan’s 11-dive team record.
Fulton’s Richard Walter took 4th in the diving, in his first meet as a Red Raider.Ã‚Â Walter is also a freshman, who trained in Oswego last year.Ã‚Â He posted a solid 25.51 in the 50 yard freestyle, half a second behind junior Scott Bullard, who took second place in the race.
Fulton senior Ben Davis captured the day’s only other first place finish, with a 53.22 in the 100 yard freestyle.Ã‚Â Josh Strauss picked up a third place in the 200 yard individual medley, with a time of 2:36.31.
“There were great times for a first meet,” said head coach Dexter Hinman. “We have many inexperienced swimmers, but had no disqualifications.Ã‚Â I expect there will be a big improvement due to an excellent work ethic.”