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Sectionals a stepping stone for crew teams

"Because we have the Burnt Hills boys and the Saratoga girls (teams), we have a great measuring stick," said Hopkins. "If you're close to either of them or beating them, you're doing great."

Grifferty, Prescott, DeBlock and Sive also finished second in Friday's women's 4x varsity race with a time of 6:26.14, less than four seconds behind the Mohawk Homeschool boat of Debbie Brzozowski, Emily Eliott, Kristien VanStaveren and Rachael Jones. Andrew Young and Sam Fisher teamed up for a second-place finish in the men's varsity double second division race with a time of 6:35.98.

Megan Sweeney provided the top individual performance for Niskayuna with a second-place finish in the women's varsity single race. Sweeney finished with a time of 8:04.01, 27 seconds behind Shenendehowa's Jaclyn Postulka.

Besides its victory in the women's varsity 4x race, Mohawk Homeschool earned four medals including Rachel Davis' first-place finish in the novice/freshman single with a time of 8:28.04.

Matt Jones, David Brzozowski, Sam Bestvater and Nic Stoker placed second to Niskayuna in the men's novice/freshman 4x race with a time of 6:11.00, and the boat of Neil Curwin, Issac Robison, Aaron Rhodes and Ryan Hughes placed second in the men's varsity 4x event with a time of 5:48.13.

Many of these same teams will be in Saratoga Springs this weekend for the state championships on Fish Creek. The two-day event begins Saturday morning and concludes Sunday.""

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