BATH —?Sometimes a sectional champion can be more of a survivor than anything else.
Nate Booth knows the feeling.
After coming up just short a year ago, the Canisteo-Greenwood junior hung on to capture first place in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Section V, Class D?Swimming Championship hosted by the Bath-Haverling High School aquatic center Saturday.
With Naples’ Chad Plante closing, Booth settled his unfinished business by finishing nearly one-half length ahead with a winning time of 1:04.17 — over one second ahead of Plante’s 1:05.16.
“Nate was seeded No. 1 in the breaststroke last year and he got out-touched right at the end, and settled for second place,” C-G coach Frank Garrigues said. “I think that has been eating at him ever since. Today, I asked him ‘are you going to look around at the guys beside you?’ He said, “no, I’m looking straight ahead because I know I’m the best.” He just went in with unbelievable confidence, he knew he was going to win it. And we knew he was going to win it because he’s been working real hard and dwelling on it for a year. I’m proud of the hard work he put in and I’m real happy for him.
“Last year, it was tenths of a second,”?Garrigues continued. “One second doesn’t seem like a lot, but he was half of a body ahead the entire race. There was some good competition there, but he stood out. He was the best breaststroker and he won. I’m glad it worked out that way for him.”
Booth also brought home a runner-up ribbon in the 50 freestyle. His time of :23.92 was slightly over one second off of the winning pace set by Harley-Allendale-Columbia’s Jack Gumina, who had a top time of :22.54. In addition, Booth teamed with Warren Adams, Derek Dennis and Ethan Williamson to record a third-place effort in the 200 medley relay at 1:48.74 to open the competition and later combined with Adams, Dennis and Nate Lehman to place fifth in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:40.99. Naples was tops in the 200 MR (1:45.96), while H-A-C took the 200 FR?(1:35.33).
Dennis ended up third in the 200 individual medley with a 2:15.92 and seventh in the 100 butterfly with a 1:02.5. Naples’ Dane Hoselton bested the 200?IM field with his 2:02.79 and H-A-C’s Elijah Hale took the fly at :58.48. Adams, meanwhile, scored a sixth-place effort in the 100 free (:53.43) and a sixth-place effort in the 100 backstroke (1:03.95), while teammate Patrick Burdick pitched in with a 14th-place position in the 100 backstroke (1:10.13). Hoselton was triumphant in the backstroke, setting a new NYS standard in the event with a :53.89.
“Considering the low number of kids we took over there — we had eight kids with us —?and we were in the finals in eight of the 11 races, and we placed right up near the top in a lot of them,”?Garrigues said. “I’m proud of the kids. They’ve working hard for this and they came out of it pretty well.”
The Redskins’ 400 free relay — Williamson, Danielle Dennis, Burdick, Dalton Flint — placed 11th with a time of 4:36.44. The H-A-C Wolves won the event with a 3:30.86.
For Alfred-Almond, which trailed C-G by six spots in the final standings at 13th, Alyssa Greaney led the way individually. She took 10th position in the 100 backstroke (1:07.35) and 15th position in the 100 butterfly (1:06.97). The eighth-grader also joined Jessica Flaitz, Rein Mason and Elizabeth Allen in the 400 FR, and the group ended up 10th (4:22.15). The Eagles were also able to register a 13th-place effort in the 200 FR (2:03.67) with the help of Kalista Calkins, Mason, Courtney Peters and Allen.

Final Team Standings
1. York 325; 2 Harley Allendale Columbia 260.5; 3. Naples 258; 4. Alexander 232; 5. Perry 210.5; 6. Geneseo 193; 7. Canisteo-Greenwood 166; 8. (tie)?Notre Dame, Wheatland-Chili 140; 10. Oakfield-Alabama-Elba 95; 11 Campbell-Savona 91; 12. Letchworth 54; 13. Alfred-Almond 31; 14. (tie)?Lima Christian 26; 14 Clyde-Savannah 26