WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - A Frontier League team is represented once again on the Section 3 squad in the girls' state high school swimming championships scheduled for this weekend in Ithaca.
The Watertown High School swim team has made a habit of sending swimmers to states. This year is no different as five Lady Cyclones are packing their bags.
"We have Sarah Kilburn, who has qualified in the 50 free and 100 free, she is also leading off our 200 free relay," coach Lori Peters said, "which consists of Sarah, Mckenzie Way, Jasmine Ferguson, Emily Alvarado."
Along with alternate Mallory Peters, the girls are certainly looking forward to the experience of competing in the states.
"I looked up to them and really wanted to make it in the relay two years ago," Way said, "but it didn't happen and really made me want to work harder and get in the relay this year."
“Yes, it definitely helps because I know what is expected,” Alvarado said, “so I know what practices are going to be like and what the competition is going to be like at states, so it’s pretty helpful.”
"They said practices were going to be fun, no, they're so hard," Ferguson said. "I don't really know what to expect, I've never done anything like that -- kind of nervous."
"I've been told by Sarah and the rest that's its really fun and it's a great experience," Mallory Peters said, "and me being an alternate, I think it's good for me to learn how it will be so in the future I can potentially be in the relay again and being able to go to these practices will make me stronger -- it's still a great experience to go."
Kilburn is making her third trip to states. The junior qualified in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events along with being a part of the 200 freestyle relay.
“It’s really exciting going back to states for a third time -- it’s a lot of competition at states, so I’m looking forward to bettering my times and maybe going back the next day,” she said. “It’s definitely going to be very busy doing all those events, but it’s also going to be fun -- I have my team with me to keep up my spirits.”
No mater what happens this weekend, coach Peters is proud of her girls.
"I'm absolutely excited for them -- they have worked extremely hard to try and reach this goal," she said. "I said this at the beginning of the season that this was going to be one of our goals -- last year Sarah went by herself in her individual events, the relay team was just shy of making it last year -- going into this season, our goal was to make it back to the state meet. We're a sprinting team, I had a lot of girls trying hard to make it to states. Thankfully it happened at the Class B championship."
The girls leave Thursday morning.
Frontier League and Section 3 Class D champion Emily Dicob of Beaver River is also heading to Ithaca this weekend.
She's participating in the diving competition. The super sophomore has had an outstanding season for the Lady Beavers.
Wednesday’s local scores
Women’s college basketball
SUNY Oswego 64, SUNY Canton 25
Girls’ high school hockey
Malone 3, Potsdam 1