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Swimming: A total team effort for Shen

Plainsmen break own record for most points at Sectionals

Shenendehowa’s Eric Tsui holds his 100-yard butterfly championship patch during last Saturday’s Section II Division I swim meet at the Shen Aquatic Center. Tsui also swam on two winning relay teams for the Plainsmen.

Shenendehowa’s Eric Tsui holds his 100-yard butterfly championship patch during last Saturday’s Section II Division I swim meet at the Shen Aquatic Center. Tsui also swam on two winning relay teams for the Plainsmen. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— The Shenendehowa boys swimming and diving team turned in another historic performance at last weekend’s Section II Division I meet.

Every member of the team scored at least one point to help the Plainsmen set a new meet record for the highest score on their way to claiming their seventh consecutive Sectional championship. Shen finished with 539 points, nine points more than the previous mark it set two years earlier.

“It was a total team effort, and they did a great job of getting to the wall,” said Shen coach Chuck Dunham. “Everybody that got to the wall scored points for us. That makes it much more special. It’s a true representation of team effort.”

Ryan Gordon and Eric Tsui stood out for the Plainsmen. Each swimmer won an individual race and helped Shen’s 200-yard medley and 200-yard freestyle relay teams win titles.

“I’d have to say this is probably the best day I’ve ever had swimming,” said Tsui, who claimed the 100-yard butterfly title. “I swam all personal best times today, and it’s my senior year. So, I’m feeling really good about it.”

Gordon earned most outstanding competitor honors at the Division I meet after winning the 100-yard freestyle and placing second in the 50-yard freestyle. In both events, Gordon had to battle Bethlehem’s Gunnar Zemering – a swimmer Gordon was familiar with.

Zemering got the better of Gordon in the 50-yard freestyle. Using his height and reach advantage, Zemering out-touched Gordon at the wall to win by .03 seconds. Zemering finished with a time of 21.41 seconds, while Gordon touched the wall with a time of 21.44 seconds.

“It’s overwhelming, really,” said Zemering. “This is the first time I think I’ve ever beaten him.”

“Gunnar had an amazing race,” said Gordon. “He did everything right, and he should have won the race.”

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