Boys swimming: Gordon leads Shen at Long Island Invitational

Sophomore sets meet record in 100-yard backstroke

Ryan Gordon came up big for the Shenendehowa boys swim team at last weekend's Long Island Invitational.

The sophomore set a meet record in winning the 100-yard backstroke and added a victory in the 200 freestyle to lead the Plainsmen at the annual invitational at the Nassau County Aquatic Center.

"Ryan has certainly fit the mold of what we expect our student-athletes at Shen to do," said Shen swim coach Chuck Dunham. "He's set his goals really high, and he's worked very hard to achieve those goals."

Gordon's winning time of 52.09 seconds shattered the backstroke record set by St. John's Prep's Aaron Athanas one year ago. Earlier in the meet, Gordon edged Pittsford Mendon's Patrick Ransford by three-tenths of a second to win the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:44.49.

Gordon wasn't the only Section II swimmer to excel in the backstroke at the Long Island Invitational. Bethlehem's Alex Lednev was second with a time of 53.64 seconds, and Shen's Taylor Nichols placed third with a time of 54.17 seconds.

Overall, Shen had the best performance of any Section II team at the Long Island Invitational. The Plainsmen also finished second in the 200 and 400 freestyle relays and placed third in the 200 medley relay, and Nichols added a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley.

"It's always a great trip out there because it allows us to compete against some of the best teams in the Northeast," said Dunham.

Long Island Invitational

200 medley relay: Shen (Taylor Nichols, Luke Gordon, Eric Tsui, Mike Conley) third place, 1:42.35; Bethlehem (Brian Negri, Alex Lednev, Kevin Flynn, Gunnar Zemering) fifth place, 1:44.76

200 freestyle: Ryan Gordon (Shen) first place, 1:44.49; Alex Lednev (Bethlehem) fifth place, 1:46.55

200 individual medley: Taylor Nichols (Shen) second place, 2:00.33; Tim Buff (Shaker) fourth place, 2:06.62

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