"She is such a tough swimmer," said Gross. "Every time she goes up against someone who should beat her, she winds up winning."
Howland took first place in the class A 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:06.04 and finished second to Zebrowski in the 200-yard freestyle with a state-meet qualifying time of 1:55.31. Zebrowski won with a time of 1:54.90.
Walsh came close to earning a class A title in the 100-yard breaststroke. Walsh challenged Shen's Kelsey Barbour all the way to the finish, with Barbour claiming the championship with a time of 1:08.32. Walsh secured a state meet berth with her time of 1:08.60.
Kirstie Russell and Meredith Michle contributed top-10 finishes in the diving competition. Russell placed sixth with 409.55 points, while Michle finished 10th with 380.60 points. Guilderville's Toni Marie Whitbeck was ninth with 393.35 points.
On top of its individuals, Bethlehem is also sending two relays to states. The 400-yard freestyle relay team of Howland, O'Donnell, Stern and Emma Walsh took the class A title with a time of 3:39.77, and the 200-yard medley relay team of Stern, Howland, O'Donnell and Elise Walsh placed second in a time of 1:51.28, .14 seconds behind class A champion Saratoga.
The state meet takes place Nov. 17 and 18 at Erie Community College in Buffalo.
Burns leads Indians
For the first time, Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk sent a team to the Section II meet.
The Indians placed seventh in the class B team standings with 141 points. Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake won the Section II title with 424 points.
Ashley Burns led RCS with a victory in the class B 200-yard individual medley and a third-place finish in the 100-yard backstroke. Burns' 200 I.M. time of 2:14.74 was the fifth-fastest overall, and her time of 1:03.92 in the 100 backstroke was less than one second behind class B champion Isabel Garcia of Emma Willard.
Cheriel Rice contributed a third-place finish in the class B 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.77 seconds.""