Luke Gordon wins coaches’ award at swim sectionals

Luke Gordon of Shenendehowa competes in the 200 Freestyle during the Swimming Finals Saturday, February 13, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)Luke Gordon of Shenendehowa competes in the 200 Freestyle during the Swimming Finals Saturday, February 13, 2016. (PETER R. BARBER/DAILY GAZETTE PHOTOGRAPHER)

BY JIM SCHILTZ
Gazette Sportswriter

CLIFTON PARK — Shenendehowa’s Luke Gordon was presented at the Feb. 11-13 Section II boys’ swimming and diving championships with the Coaches Choice Award after a three-win performance.

Gordon’s effort included a Section II-record 56.97 in the 100 breaststroke. The senior’s 56.97 shattered the Section II record of 57.22 that Andrew Guinter of Queensbury set at the 2010 state meet.

“I’ve had that on my mind for a while,” Gordon said. “As a freshman I was three seconds off of it, and I’ve always thought, ‘This can happen.’”

Gordon joined with Joey Homan, Jackson Homan and Josh Tsai for winning 1:36.86 in the 200 medley relay, and Gordon came right back in the next race with a first-place 1:43.03 in the 200 free.

“It was a lot easier than last year,” Gordon said. “Last year I went from the 500 right to the 200 free relay.”

As a team, Shenenendehowa finished in second place behind Shaker at the event for the second consecutive season.


Team scores

Shaker 487.5, Shenendehowa 466, Ballston Spa 260.5, Bethlehem 248, Niskayuna 212.5, Saratoga Springs 143, Schenectady 118, Guilderland/Voorheesville 112, Albany 51.5.

Individuals/relays

200 medley relay — Shenendehowa (Joey Homan, Jackson Homan, Luke Gordon, Josh Tsai), 1:36.86 (NYS); Shaker (Nicholas Buff, William Matz, Zeeshan Irani, Mark Enright), 1:37.02 (NYS); Ballston Spa (Jesse Haraden, Tanner Damico, Clayton Bennice, John Stack), 1:37.55 (NYS); Bethlehem (Alex Taber, Connor Doyle, Richard Sweeney, Brendan Cartwright), 1:39.48 (NYS); Niskayuna, 1:41.60.

200 free — Luke Gordon (Shen), 1:43.03 (NYS); Calvin Cleworth (Schen), 1:44.46 (NYS); George Enright (Shak), 1:45.24 (NYS); Alex Taber (BC), 1:47.36 (NYS); Ian McElrath (Shak), 1:47.41 (NYS); Adam Kogan (Shen), 1:47.44 (NYS); Frank Miao (Shak), 1:47.44 (NYS).

200 IM — William Matz (Shak), 1:53.36 (NYS); Zach Zwijacz (Sara), 1:53.60 (NYS); Joey Homan (Shen), 1:55.93 (NYS); Connor Doyle (BC), 1:58.40 (NYS); Nicholas Buff (Shak), 2:00.42 (NYS); Kaleb Hotaling (Shen), 2:00.43 (NYS).

50 free — Zeeshan Irani (Shak), 21.74 (NYS); Clayton Bennice (BS), 21.87 (NYS); Brendan Cartwright (BC), 21.89 (NYS); Mark Enright (Shak), 22.13 (NYS); John Stack (BS), 22.74.

100 fly — William Matz (Shak), 51.26 (NYS); Zach Zwijacz (Sara), 51.52 (NYS); Calvin Cleworth (Schen), 51.61 (NYS); Ethan Bachert (Nisk), 52.39 (NYS); John Fitzgerald (Shak), 54.24.

100 free — Clayton Bennice (BS), 47.58 (NYS); Mark Enright (Shak), 48.09 (NYS); Zeeshan Irani (Shak), 48.21 (NYS); Brendan Cartwright (BC), 48.57 (NYS); John Fitzgerald (Shak), 49.67.

500 free — Jesse Haraden (BS), 4:42.56 (NYS); George Enright (Shak), 4:48.95 (NYS); Ian McElrath (Shak), 4:50.85 (NYS); Nick Salzone (Shen), 4:54.23; Adam Kogan (Shen), 4:54.43.

About the Author

Michael Kelly
Michael Kelly is a sports reporter for Your Clifton Park and Your Niskayuna, weekly print publications of The Daily Gazette. Kelly grew up in Clifton Park and graduated from Shenendehowa High School in 2006. He is also a 2010 graduate of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism. Kelly's work has been honored by the New York News Publishers Association, the New York State Associated Press Association, and the Associated Press Sports Editors. His work has previously been featured in The (Amsterdam) Recorder, The Saratogian, and Albany Times Union.