It was Cole Speidel leading the way for the Jamesville-DeWitt/CBA boys swim team as it worked its way to a fourth-place finish in Thursday night's Section III Class A championship meet.
All told, the Red Rams picked up 240 points, as Liverpool, winning seven of 11 events, prevailed with 428 points, with Watertown (293.50 points) and West Genesee (249.5 points) in the second and third spots, respectively.
This was a new venue for the sectional meet. Years of having the event at Nottingham changed when Section III officials, concerned with injuries caused by loose bulkheads in the girls sectional meet last fall, moved the boys championships to various venues - Class A and B to RFA, Class C to New Hartford.
Regardless of the location, Speidel was not going to get stopped in the 100-yard butterfly. With a time of 52.50 seconds, Speidel pulled away from Watertown's Joey Ongkingco (53.54 seconds) as both swimmers qualified for the March 1-2 state championship meet at Webster Schroeder High School near Rochester.
Speidel also advanced to the state meet in the 200 freestyle, where his time of 1:44.98 put him second to West Genesee's Collin Zapisek, who won in 1:43.87.
Elsewhere, Cory Knapp, who has the third-fastest time in the 200 freestyle (1:48.84), made his way to second place in the 500 freestyle in 4:56.67, again with Zapisek (4:46.33) in front.
Knapp and Speidel, teamed with Kevin Potocki and Casey Sawyer, were second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:32.75) as Watertown (1:30.04) finished in front. That same quartet was third (3:20.62) in the 400 freestyle relay behind Liverpool (3:15.63) and West Genesee (3:17.84).
Potocki, on his own, recorded a top time of 50.92 seconds in the 100 freestyle and swam the 200 freestyle in 1:51.47.
Fayetteville-Manlius' Chris Rettinger swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.97, an event where Liverpool's Garrett Clarke, in 56.91 seconds, broke the nine-year-old sectional record held by J-D/CBA standout Tom Nowakowski.