Riley Drummond earns 2nd place at state
ITHACA — Riley Drummond (Fredonia) made a splash at the New York state swimming and diving final held at Ithaca College, on Saturday. Competing for the state title in the 100 meter backstroke, the Fredonian came away with a time of 55:48, breaking her own personal record and the Section 6 record (previously 55.57). Drummond earned the silver medal on the day coming in second place, while also being named as All-American consideration for this season.
“She’s a two-time Sectional backstroke champion. To be second in the state is pretty impressive,” Fredonia coach Joanne Lotter said. “Were thrilled. It can be difficult to come back the second day for finals. She not only handled the pressure of being seeded fourth in the state, but she performed so well, she went up two places form prelims to the finals. It’s outstanding, it shows her great determination. … It’s the best (competition) in the state, and she handled it well.”
Drummond also competed in the 200 medley relay with fellow teammates Tori Spacc, Mackenzie Quinn and Lillee Gould. The team took 19th out of the 30 teams competing with a time of 1:51.88.
“We were very happy with their swim,” Lotter said. “Spacc is only in eighth grade and she has continued to drop her time (in breaststoke). She works very hard. Mackenzie Quinn also keep dropping time her (in the butterfly) as well as Gould (in the freestyle). They all dropped their times and were able to handle the pressure of the state meet, and they came back for finals and place 19th.”
Fredonia was well represented at the state-level, and although Drummond’s high school season may be over, she still has a long career ahead.
“She’s put her time in, and he’s a super hard working. She’s been training for years and she hasn’t let up at all. She just signed with a Division 1 school and we’re super proud of her,” Lotter concluded.