Goldback swimmers ready for Section 9 meet

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Newburgh’s Aleksey Makarov won the 100-breaststroke in division one during OCIAA championships in Washingtonville over the weekend with a time of 1:01.47 as the Goldbacks finished third with 259.5 points.

Makarov was third in the 200-freestyle, and Luka Samsonov was second in the 100-backstroke. The Goldbacks were third in the 400-freestyle relay and fourth in the 200-freestyle relay.

Dominick Batelic was 14th in the 11-dive competition Thursday in Cornwall after taking up diving this season for the first time. Batelic is also a distance runner on the indoor track team when he is not diving.

“It’s going pretty good. I made sections in my third meet,” he said.

Batelic said he has set many personal records this season after taking up diving without any off-season practices.

“I just came into it,” he said. “I’m improving.”

Now the Goldbacks will get ready for the Section 9 championships in Montgomery at Valley Central Feb. 14-16.

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