Porterfield places 3rd at Sectionals
OBSERVER Staff Report
CLARENCE – Fredonia’s Reed Porterfield missed out on a trip to the New York State Public High School Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday, coming in third in the 100-yard breaststroke during the Section 6 Championships, at Clarence High School.
“He swam really well,” Fredonia head coach Bob Ball said. “He re-broke the school record in his final race. He’s a little disappointed that he didn’t get the time he needed for the state meet, but I think he ended his career on a good note by (breaking) the school record even more.”
Porterfield needed to either win the event, or swim the distance in 1:01.2 to earn a trip to the state meet. Unfortunately, he touched the wall in 1:02.72, 1.49 seconds slower than first-place finisher James Jiang. The Williamsville East swimmer finished in a time of 1:01.23 while East Aurora’s Jack Zagrobelny took second in a time of 1:02.38.
“He’s a very talented swimmer to begin with,” Ball noted. “And to have that type of example at practice the rest of the team can feed off of it. That’s a lot of years we’re going to miss. It was important that he finished his last race with the lowest time of his career. As a coach, you always want to see your athletes get their best performance so that was gratifying.”
Porterfield entered the race seeded second after finishing in a time of 1:03.10 during Friday’s preliminaries.
“I just told him I was proud of him,” Ball said. “I enjoyed coaching him and I learned more about swimming in the past four years from him. He’s meant a lot to our swim program. I told him he’ll be missed and I appreciated the opportunity to coach him.”
Porterfield also took eighth in the 200 IM in a time of 2:11.36. Southwestern’s Jordan Powers won the event, touching the wall in a time of 2:00.47.
“I’m pleased with his career,” Ball concluded. “We have some pretty phenomenal records here. Over the past five years, this is the sixth time he’s broken the record. It was 1979 the last time it was broken. He’s going to college for environmental engineering and I have no doubt he’ll be successful in his journey into that.”