Pittsford Panthers Swimming: NEWS

Saturday, February 8
Pittsford Ends Season Unbeaten - CLICK HERE

Wednesday, February 5
Pittsford end regular season unbeaten
Pittsford ended their regular season unbeaten with 4 meets in the last 2 weeks. The first meet was the Senior meet versus Webster, followed by visits to Irondequoit, Rush-Henrietta and finally their big rival Fairport. The divers also had a big diving invitational with their top 2 divers qualifying for States. Throughout the last two weeks the Panthers broke pool records and school records across the county, a series of team and individual performances that are unprecedented. The team is peaking for Sectionals on February 13th and 15th and then States on February 28 at Webster Aquatics. Fairport was the last team to beat Pittsford in a dual meet and also the last team to win the Class A sectional title before Pittsford's run of 11 sectional titles. Pittsford knew they had numbers in their favor and they were not going to let Fairport get close. Pittsford won 110-71. Pittsford started strongly in the Medley relay with Arthur Fan, Koby Waterstram, TimoKrapf and Max Johnson winning in 1:41.08. Albert Xiao, Jack Thiemel, Christian Realbuto and Nick Catalano were third in 1:46.89. In the 200 Free it was the brother's Ransford with PJ winning in 1:43.02 and Casey taking third in 1:52.27, Jesse Bennett was fourth in 1:53.31. Another victory followed with Arthur Fan in the 200IM easily breaking 2 minutes in 1:58.00 with Jack Thiemel claiming third in 2:04.11 and Chris Evans fifth in 2:11.30. In the 50 Free Pittsford swept the board going 1-2-3 with Timo Krapf (22.16), Brett Eslinger (22.91) and Max Johnson (23.39). Pittsford had already built a commanding lead (44-18) and it was soon bigger with the Pittsford divers ready to astound the audience with their artistry. Sam Randall dominated the competition and racked up an astounding 326.60 points - a new Pittsford School Record. Randall was followed by teammate Sean Riley with 264.25 points. Randall and Riley both qualified for States at the recent Invitational meet and they were relaxed and enjoying the competition. Ben Goodfriend came in 4th with 213.55 points. After diving Fairport swam to their first victory with Alex LaPoint (53.39) outtouching Casey Ransford (54.46), Eslinger (55.53) and Chris Rudmann (58.10) in the 100 Fly. Krapf restored order with victory in the 100 Free at 49.80 with Roddy Hughes 3rd in 50.47 and Max Johnson 4th in 51.99. PJ Ransford followed up with a dominant performance in the 500 Free winning in 4:31.01, he finished a full lap ahead of his two team mates, Bennett and Catalano, finishing 2nd and 3rd in 5:05.46 and 5:09.05. Ransford beat the Fairport pool record that was set 30 years ago. In the 200 Free Relay Eslinger, Krapf, Hughes and PJ Ransford won in 1:29.97 with Realbuto, Rudmann, Cameron Ling and Johnson 3rd in 1:34.38. Fan dominated the 100 Back in 54.59 with Albert Xiao 3rd in 59.52 and Roddy Hughes 4th in 1:00.52. Pittsford had built an unsurpassable 110-46 lead and closed out the meet with a 110-71 victory. Pittsford only had 2 home meets this year so the Senior meet against Webster was a special occasion celebrating the 10 seniors that have helped the team get to a new level, most of them have been on the team for four years and some of them have done six years. Pittsford won the meet 104-73 with PJ Ransford breaking 2 pool records. in the 200IM he broke a record set by Fairport's Roberts in 2003. Ransford swam 1:55.03, then in the 500 Free he swam 4:29.34 crushing his own pool record by more than 10 seconds! At Irondequoit the Panthers swam to a 99-72 victory. In the first event the 200 Medley Relay it was a pool record breaking the 2005 record of 1:42.80 with the team of Casey Ransford, PJ Ransford, Brett Eslinger and Arthur Fan swimming 1:42.28. Later, Sam Randall broke the diving pool record set by Pittsford's Dylan Marin set last year. Randall closed his routine with 3 scores of 8.5. Pittsford closed their dual meet season unbeaten and are looking forward to Sectionals and States.

Sunday, January 26
Democrat and Chronicle Article- CLICK HERE

Thursday, January 23
Pittsford continues winning streak, beating Penfield-Click here to see article
Pittsford Swimming & Diving were ready to restart their season after the holidays when Penfield came to visit. Penfield were unbeaten and ranked in the top 10 in New York State High Schools, but Pittsford were also unbeaten and determined to extend their unbeaten streak. Pittsford (6-0) prevailed with a convincing win over Penfield (6-1) 103-69. This was the first Pittsford home meet of the season and the boys were ready to impress, especially with a large number of alumni in the audience with many colleges still on their break. Pittsford started quickly with a 4.5 second win in the 200 Medley Relay. The Pittsford team had 3 seniors - Koby Waterstram, PJ Ransford and Timo Krapf joined by Sophmore Arthur Fan. Penfield narrowly gained 2nd in 1:46.50 with the Pittsford B team finishing in 1:46.91. The B team included Freshman Casey Ransford, Sophmore Christian Realbuto, Junior Albert Xiao and Senior Jack Thiemel. The Junior Varsity team were dominant going 1-2-3 in 11 of their 12 events, the only exception was the 50 Free where they placed 1-3-4. The Medley Relay teams finished within 4 seconds of each other with the teams of Evan Allen, Cameron Ling, Sahaj Kumar and Nicholas Pogharian in first place. The second team was Michael Xie, Eric Fan, Nick Wang and Jake Hoppa. The third placed team was Alex McPherson, John Betters, Dustin Zhu and Paul Kealy. In the 200 Free Pittsford went 1-2-3, but the real story was the battle for first. Roddy Hughes narrowly beat out Jesse Bennett swimming 1:54.16 versus 1:54.25. Max Johnson finished 3rd in 1:58.30. In JV it was also close with Alex Ruffino (2:06.43), Aidan Stanley (2:06.51) and Ben Johnson (2:11.20). In the IM Freshman Casey Ransford easily won in 2:07.09 with another freshman Liam Tanchick 3rd (2:16.87) and an eighth grader Tommy Magda 4th (2:17.49). In the 50 Free Arthur Fan and Timo Krapf went head to head with Fan winning in 22.63 versus 22.78, Brett Eslinger was fourth in 23.23. Eslinger was back in the next race (100 Fly) after diving and this time he dominated the race in 54.27, winning by more than 6 seconds. The 100 Free was a battle between the top 2 seniors on each team: Jeff Doser (Penfield) and PJ Ransford. Ransford won a fast race in 48.03 with Doser 49.74, Rudmann was third (52.75) and Gregory Sanders (55.43). In JV McPherson won in 57.05, with Erik Gross 59.49 and Pogharian 1:00.30. The 100 Back proved to be one of the closest races with Hughes featuring again. This time Penfield junior Greg McCord jumped out to a body length lead, but Hughes did not give up he gradually reduced the lead and with a final surge out touched the junior finishing in 57.93 versus McCord's 57.96. A result that was too close to judge, it could only be confirmed by the score board. In Diving Pittsford were clear winners finishing 1-2-3 with Sam Randall continuing to excel in his senior seaon. Randall won with 303.30 points, supported by Sean Riley (251.70), Ben Goodfriend (217.50) and Michael Thiemel. In the final individual event PJ Ransford won the 100 Breast in 1:02.69 with Waterstram 2nd in 1:05.02 and Ben Beldner 4th in 1:11.27. The 400 Free relays wrapped up the meet and Pittsford celebrated a convincing win over a strong rival. Next up is the Senior Meet versus Webster on 1/14 and at Irondequoit on 1/16.

Saturday, January 11
Pucko's Perspective: Event supports diver's mother
These should be the best of times for Sam Randall. He's a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, the best diver in Section 5 who has already earned All-America honors, and the captain of the 11-time Section 5 champion Pittsford swim team. But these aren't the best of times for Randall. His mother is battling breast cancer. The disease is winning. These should be the best of times for Sam Randall. He's a senior at Pittsford Sutherland High School, the best diver in Section 5 who has already earned All-America honors, and the captain of the 11-time Section 5 champion Pittsford swim team. But these aren't the best of times for Randall. His mother is battling breast cancer. The disease is winning. Mary Randall is the Chief of the Special Victims Trial Division in the Monroe County District Attorney's Office. Cancer became part of her life three years ago. A double mastectomy, chemo and radiation treatments failed to stop it. The disease returned this summer as metastasized stage four cancer. The prognosis offers little promise. "It's devastating because most breast cancers can be cured and there are a lot of survivors out there," says Mary. "Mine is incurable but treatable, so right now I live like I have a chronic disease." Still, Mary sets modest goals. First and foremost, she'd like to see her son graduate this spring. Sam meanwhile refused to sit by feeling sorry for himself. He enlisted the Pittsford swim team to serve as an advocacy group for his mother, and helped organize a diving meet over the holidays. Teams from Webster, Aquinas and Brockport high schools took part in the competition. Five referees from Monroe County Swim Officials served free of charge. Wegmans, Mark's Pizzeria and Pittsford Dairy offered corporate support. Shirts were sold. Donations for the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester were collected. Paint the Pool Pink offered the son an opportunity to thank his mom that few of us get. "It's a great feeling and I love my mom very much," says Sam. "I think this is just a little way to thank her for everything she's done for me. I thank God for her health every day she's still alive and every day is a blessing." Advocacy was in this case, a two-way street. "I think it's empowering for him, " says Mary. "I think he feels great that he can do something for a local agency that has helped me quite a bit. It's sweet. He has a giant heart and a kind soul. and he has always wanted to do for other people, so it's not a surprise that he wanted to do this for me. Not just for me, but for other people like me." This wasn't just about the Randall family though. The entire Panthers team learned a universal lesson. "The nice thing about doing something like this is it's making all the younger classmen start to participate," said Pittsford diving coach Mark McMahon. "Everybody had a job to do. I think the awareness is great because the more people who reach out and do charitable work, the better off we're all going to be." If you'd like to contribute to the Breast Cancer Coalition of Rochester you can do so directly, or in Sam Randall's name through the Pittsford Swimming and Diving Booster Club at Pittsford Sutherland High School.

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Thursday, January 9
Pittsford Family Legacy
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Pittsford has a family and school tradition in Swimming and Diving. Many of this year’s team have brothers on the team, or sisters on the girls team, or siblings that have graduated and even some that have parents or aunts/uncles that swam for Pittsford.

The Panthers are continuing their successful legacy of Pittsford swimming this year and are unbeaten with a 3-0 record. The boys are seeking their 12th consecutive sectional title this year. This week they visited Victor’s new 8 lane pool and came away with a 101-71 win, then on Thursday they went to Gates-Chili for a 101-68 victory.

At Victor it was the first Boys swim meet so every event set a new pool record, including JV though those records generally lasted less than 2 minutes. Some of the varsity times that were set are going to be on the record board for a while.

The Panthers led off with a solid victory in the Medley Relay at 1:40.83 with the team of Arthur Fan, Brett Eslinger, Timo Krapf and Roddy Hughes.

The JV team of Evan Allen, John Betters, Sahaj Kumar and Alex McPherson won their event in 1:58.05.

In the 200 Free there were 4 Pittsford swimmers under 2 minutes finishing 1-3-4-5 with Casey Ransford, Jesse Bennett, Nick Catalano and Max Johnson.

In the 200 IM Arthur Fan dominated the event winning in 2:00.21 with his team mates in 2-4-5; Nate Topham, Chris Evans and John (Zeit) Kellet.

PJ Ransford returned from Senior Nationals and had back to back victories in 50 Free and 100 Fly.

In the Fly it was a close race against Brett Eslinger with Ransford pulling away in the latter stages; 52.69 versus 54.23.

Next up was the 100 Free and it was fast with Timo Krapf (51.03) edging Luke Shanahan (Victor – 51.70) and Casey Ransford (52.93).

In the 500 Free Victor won in a time of 5:09.01 with Liam Tanchick (5:20), Tommy Magda (5:25) and Nate Topham (5:27) gaining valuable experience as the team continues to rotate swimmers into different events.

In the 200 Free Relay the JV teams went 1-2-3-4 with Tim Kallman, Paul Kealy, Alex Ruffino and Erik Gross (1:45.34); Nicholas Pogharian, Cameron Ling, Evan Allen and Jake Hoppa (1:45.54); Nick Wang, Ethan Yung, Eric Fan and Tim Drake (1:47.33); Ian Marin, Dustin Zhu, Brennan Owen and Aidan Stanley (1:49.64). The Varsity race was considerably faster with Eslinger, Max Johnson, Krapf and PJ Ransford in 1:31.28 and Arthur Fan, Casey Ransford, Chris Rudmann and Roddy Hughes in 1:34.06.

The diving team of Sam Randall, Ben Goodfriend, Michael Thiemel and Sean Riley proved that they can also swim finishing in 1:47.36.

Victor’s Paul LaRue (1:00.20) got a narrow victory in the 100 Back beating Chris Evans into second (1:00.30) with Zeit Kellet in 1:04.27 and Sam Roche (1:06.52).

In the last individual event the Panthers went 1-2-3 in the 100 Breast with Jesse Bennett, Koby Waterstram and Jack Thiemel.

The meet wrapped up with the 400 Free Relay, in JV the team of Cameron Ling, Evan Allen, Nicholas Pogharian and Alex McPherson set a new pool record, 4 minutes later the Varsity set a new one at 3:21.30. The Panthers team was Eslinger, Max Johnson, Arthur Fan and PJ Ransford.

At Gates Chili Pittsford set 5 new pool records breaking records in the Medley Relay, 200 IM, 100 Fly, 200 Free Relay and 100 Back. Each pool record was also a state qualifying time, an impressive start to the season as Pittsford works on peaking for sectionals and states.

The meet started quickly in the Medley Relay as they broke the record Pittsford set last year by nearly 3 seconds, the team was Arthur Fan, Eslinger, PJ Ransford and Krapf swimming 1:40.36.

The Panthers went 1-2-3 in the 200 Free with Roddy Hughes, Topham and Jack Thiemel.

In the 200 IM Senior PJ Ransford’s closest competition was his Freshman brother Casey as they finished first and second with Greg Sanders finishing third.PJ broke the record by more than 1.5 seconds in 1:56.23.

Eslinger won the 50 Free in 22.33 and then it was the turn of Diving and the boys put on quite a show.

In a nip and tuck battle Senior Sam Randall was able to beat out Sophmore Sean Riley 264.45 to 258.30. The Diving team is very strong and it is going to be fun on December 28 to see them compete with the best of Section V. In third place was Ben Goodfriend at 212.80 with Michael Thiemel tallying 182.95. In JV David Petrison won in 151.85 with Sidney Taylor (122.90) and Michael Lillis (117.90).

In the 100 Fly Arthur Fan broke the previous record by more than a second in 53.07 with Krapf finishing in 56.79.

PJ Ransford dominated the 100 Free with a state qualifying time of 48.71, Rudmann was second in 53.23 with Jack Thiemel third in 55.07.

Casey Ransford then won the 500 Free in 5:11.52 beating Chris Evans in 5:14.43, Zeit Kellet (5:22.25) and Ben Beldner (5:34.10).

200 Free Relay was the fourth pool record of the meet with the team of Eslinger, Max Johnson, Krapf and PJ Ransford swimming 1:29.91 to narrowly beat the record of 1:30.09.

The final pool record followed shortly as Arthur Fan swam 53.73 breaking the old 100 Back record of 54.43.

Eslinger closed out the 100 Breast beating Waterstram 1:04.60 to 1:05.70 and the 400 Free Relay team of Max Johnson, Casey Ransford, Roddy Hughes and Arthur Fan closed out the meet in a time of 3:40.07. All four of the boys relay have a brother who is also on the team – a family legacy.

The Divers are hosting a special Paint the Pool Pink event to raise money for Breast Cancer. All of the top divers in Section V have been invited. The event will be at the Calkins Road Middle School starting at 11:00 on December 28th, all proceeds will go to Breast Cancer.

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Sunday, December 15
Pittsford off to a Fast Start
Pittsford Boys Swimming and Diving jumped out to a fast start last week visiting Hilton and leaving with a convincing 98-72 victory and 2 relay pool records. The team captains this year are Brett Eslinger, Sam Randall, PJ Ransford and Jack Thiemel. This years swim team is coached by Rick Schmitt and Marty Keating.
The Varsity Medley relay broke the pool record in the first event with Arthur Fan (Back), Brett Eslinger (Breast), Timo Krapf (Fly) and Max Johnson (Free), they swam a combined 1:41.18. In second place was the team of Albert Xiao, Koby Waterstram, Casey Ransford, and Roddy Hughes (1:45.44), Hilton came in third at 1:15.02, just outtouching the third relay team in 1:51.03 (Sam Roche, Jack Thiemel, Chris Rudmann, and Ben Beldner).
In the JV Medley the Pittsford teams went 1-2-3-4 with the teams of Evan Allen, John Betters, Nick Wang, Jake Hoppa - 1:58.69; Holten Hughes, Tim Kallman, Sahaj Kumar, Alex McPherson - 1:59.88; Brennan Owen, Eric Fan, Michael Xie, Paul Kealy - 2:01.23; Alex Ruffino, Zachary Yung, Dustin Zhu, Colin Horey - 2:06.40).
The 200 Varsity was dominated by Arthur Fan as he pulled away to win in 1:49.48 ahead of Chris Evans in 1:58.95, Greg Sanders in 2:01.06 and John Kellet in 2:01.42. In the JV race Cameron Ling won in 2:01.69, Aidan Stanley finished in 2:02.81 with Ben Johnson (2:08.97), Nicholas Pogharian (2:10.64) and Erik Gross (2:13.93).
The 200 Individual Medley was a close battle between Jack Thiemel and Jesse Bennett. Thiemel won in 2:09.10 and Bennett in 2:10.95, Tommy Magda was third in 2:18.14 and Sam Roche in 2:25.53. In the JV race Michael Xie won in 2:21.93 with Eric Fan (2:28.90), Brennan Owen (2:30.67), Dustin Zhu (2:33.53) and Colin Horey (2:42.35).
In the 50 Free Eslinger swam 22.53 with Hughes (23.42), Waterstram (24.80), and Nate Topham (25.64). The JV race was a close race with Tim Kallman (26.37), Evan Allen (26.72), Jake Hoppa (26.88), Zachary Yung (28.70) and Ian Marin (29.13).
Diving, coached by Duane Green and assisted by volunteer Mark McMann is strong this year. Sam Randall, one of the team captains, is going to be tough to beat. Randall won with 264.75 points, Sean Riley was second in 233.65, Ben Goodfriend in 207.85 and Michael Thiemel in 181.65. In JV David Petrison won the event with 95.70, supported by Michael Lillis in 72.60 and Sidney Taylor in 70.10.
After a short break Casey Ransford won the 100 Fly with 55.67, ahead of Krapf at 56.52 and Rudmann (1:00.42). Pittsford then went 1-2-3-4 in the 100 Free with Eslinger, Max Johnson, Evans and Beldner. They also went 1-2-3-4 in the 500 Free this time it was Bennett, Nick Catalano, Roche and Tim Drake. The JV race was won by Stanley with Ethan Yung, Alex Ruffino, Erik Gross and Zachary Yung.
The 200 Free Relay was the second pool record with Krapf, Max Johnson, Hughes and Eslinger touching in 1:30.19. The previous record was 1:30.46.  After the 200 Free Relays the next event was the 100 Back with Xiao (58.36) narrowly beating Ransford (58.42) with Beldner (1:01.85) and Kellet (1:05.93) close behind. In the JV race Allen won in 1:02.82 with McPherson (1:09.94), Kealy (1:11.53), Hughes (1:11.60) and Nick Wang (1:30.98). The final individual event was very close with Waterstram winning the 100 Breast in 1:05.55, Sanders was 1:05.99.
The meet closed out with the 400 Relays and the winning team was Krapf, Rudmann, Sanders, and Catalano. The JV race was won by Ethan Yung, McPherson, Stanley and Allen. A good start to the season. This week the team travels to Victor and Gates Chili. PJ Ransford will be returning to the pool this week after a very successful Senior Nationals last week in Tennessee.