Sports Spotlight - Ithaca Swim Team

By Brendan O'Reilly

July 22, 2010 Updated Nov 7, 2007 at 1:14 AM EDT

DOMINANT IS OFTEN ATTACHED TO GREAT TEAMS, BUT THE ITHACA HIGH SWIM PROGRAM TRULY DEFINES DOMINANCE.
"Last year I was in the 200 medley relay, we broke the state record."
"I've gone to the state meet since I was in eighth grade."
"And then the 400 freestyle relay, we all swam great and we broke the state record."
AND THAT'S JUST A BRIEF SUMMARY. THE LITTLE RED HAS WON 18 CONSECUTIVE SECTION FOUR TITLES AND HAS CAPTURED AT LEAST THREE MYTHICAL STATE TITLES. AND DUAL MEETS? THEY HAVEN'T LOST ONE OF THOSE SINCE THE '80s.

Captain Bonnie Patchen says, "We're at the point this year where we've had to kind of make our lineup slower and we couldn't do that."
BY MOST ACCOUNTS, THE DYNASTY BEGAN IN THE LATE '80s AND HAS BEEN TURNING OUT ALL-AMERICANS EVER SINCE. WITH EVERY NEW GROUP OF SWIMMERS, THE TRADITION CONTINUES.
"When it, the legend first started there was a really good group of girls and they passed on rituals and ideas and the concept of the team."
THE SECRET TO ITHACA'S DOMINANCE IS MORE THAN JUST SOMETHING IN THE WATER. IT TAKES A LOT OF RAW TALENT, BUT THE TEAM ALSO CREDITS THE MAN IN CHARGE. COACH ROY STALEY CREATED THE MONSTER AND HAS KEPT IT GOING FOR MORE THAN THREE DECADES.

Logan Todhunter says, "Roy's a great coach. We train hard. We have hard workouts, we train hard and together we just come together and make things happen."

"I think it's the fact that we're very serious about our sport. We love having fun but we also are very serious swimmers," says Phoebe Kotlikoff.
AND THEY'LL SERIOUSLY SMASH MORE RECORDS AND BRING HOME MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE STATE MEET IN TWO WEEKS. IN ITHACA, JUSTIN HOROWITZ, ACTION SPORTS.

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