Newburgh’s boys’ swimming team returned Tuesday Jan. 5 to face Washingtonville at home after not swimming in a dual meet since Dec. 16 when the Goldbacks beat Pine Bush.
“We try to do a lot of work over that time gearing up for the end of the year,” said Zach Williams, Newburgh’s coach, of the Christmas break.
But a deep Wizards’ team stopped the Goldbacks 100-85 during the first of the five final dual meets before the postseason starts Feb. 5 during the OCIAA championship in Washingtonville.
Juan Peticco was a double winner, taking the 200-freestyle by more than three seconds with a time of 1:54.05. Peticco also won the 500-freestyle by more than six seconds with a time of 5:08.54.
John Bryant was also a double winner in the 50 and 100-freestyle events. Bryant won the 50-freestyle with the second-best sectional time this season with a time of 22.68. In the 100-freestyle, he won the event by more than five seconds with a time of 50.39.
Matt Johnson won the 100-butterfly with a time of 1:00.15, and Aleksey Makarov won the 100-breaststroke with a time of 1:06.57. Andrew Matta won the diving for the Goldbacks as the squad also took the 200 and 400-freestyle relays.
This week the Goldbacks, which dropped to 2-2, face Monroe-Woodbury and Kingston before their break prior to the postseason.
“Washingtonville is one of the deepest teams in the section, and Monroe may be the best team in the section,” said Williams. “We have our work cut out for us, but we’ll swim who we have to swim and race whoever is next to us and try to get to the wall first.”
By Bond Brungard