FHS’s Porterfield finishes 2nd in 100 breaststroke prelims

CLARENCE – Fredonia swimmer Reed Porterfield competed at the Section 6 Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night at Clarence High School, taking second in the 100-yard breaststroke preliminaries and ninth in the 200 IM.

“He could improve on his turns,” Fredonia boys’ swimming coach Bob Ball said. “There were some personal-best times, but the pool was a little slow (Friday).”

Porterfield broke his own school record in the 100 breaststroke, touching the wall in a time of 1:03.10, nearly two seconds off Williamsville East’s James Jiang’s time of 1:01.64.

“We were happy with the school record,” Ball said. “But we’re shooting for a 1:01.2 to make States.”

Porterfield will have to either win the Sectional title outright, or swim the 1:01.2 to qualify for the New York State Public High School Athletic Association’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which will be held at Webster-Schroeder High School on Friday March 1, and Saturday, March 2.

In the 200 IM, Porterfield finished ninth in a time of 2:11.07.

“His goal for (the 200 IM) is 2:08, which would be a school record,” Ball said. “He’s just a little off from his personal best.”

Porterfield’s best time in the 200 IM is 2:10.62, which he swam last week during the Class C Swimming and Diving Championships.

“He’s just thinking positive and shooting to take two seconds off in both events,” Ball concluded.