Mission Accomplished: Trietley Wins NYS Swimming Title | Sports
ITHACA – She had already done just about everything there was to accomplish throughout a successful high school swimming career.
But there was still one box left to check for Alexis Trietley.
And on Saturday at Ithaca College, five years after her first state-level trip – on her last try – she ticked that box. In bold and black characters.
Trietley, a senior from Olean High, won the 100 freestyle among public school participants of all classes at the New York State Swimming and Diving Championships, closing one of the most decorated careers in the history of the Big 30 for an individual sport. She broke her own school record with a score of: 50.54, edging second (: 51.39) by less than body length.
Qualified in two events, Trietley also finished second in the 50 freestyle with an academic record of: 23.13. Her 100 victory makes her the second individual state champion under Dan Brown, alongside another established star in Mikayla Sargent.
“It was touching (seeing her at the bar) because I know how poorly she has trained over the past six years,” said OHS assistant Ben Wright, replacing Brown, whose son graduated from the military this weekend. âShe pushes herself every day. Even if she arrives sore or tired or in a bad mood, she always finishes her sets as best she can.
“She stands out from any other athlete I’ve ever really coached when it comes to work ethic.”
IN THE 100 prelims, Trietley first finished 4/10 of a second slower, then 4/10 of a second faster than the girl she beat for the seed heading into Saturday’s final. It paved the way for another close end to the title.
âWe knew it would probably be one of the races of the day,â said Wright. “And it was right, they came out of that wall in their last 25 and it was like Lex had some extra gear that nobody knew about.” I’m sure deep down she knew she had it in her. She has this motivation, it’s absolutely crazy.
Not initially sold on her performance, a smiling Trietley admitted, âIt actually didn’t feel very good (at first). I thought I was not going to set the best time. But it was my best moment and it was amazing. I am so happy that all of my hard work paid off.
Trietley’s effort – she posted an entry time of: 51.43, had a better preliminary score of: 51.06 and then crushed both times with a: 50.54 for the championship – pointed out a day to remember for the Huskies, who boasted SIX artists in the States.
MEGANE Jackson, who swam the same events as Trietley, was initially ranked 18th in the 50th, but finished 16th overall in: 24.65. In the 100, she placed 23rd in the final in: 53.76. The region also had two diving qualifications in Makenna O’Connell of the Huskies and Michaealla Rhodes of Allegany-Limestone. And although both missed the cut by 45 to just 24 divers, they fared well finishing 41st and 38th respectively.
In addition, Olean had a participant in the 200 free relay, which included Trietley. After a tough team to show in the preliminaries, Trietley actually gave up her place in the roster so that substitute Anna Slavinski had the chance to officially compete. The group with Trietley placed 26th in the prelims with a score of 1: 42.44 before the final foursome – Sara Thomas, Tyyetta Herman, Jackson and Slavinski – took 30th place in the final.
As part of his performance, Trietley received the Section 6 Sportsmanship Award from Area Opposing Coaches.
âHer leadership role, whatever she does, will be first rate,â Wright said. “She’s a first-rate child.”
TRIETLEY had already made three trips to states, in his eighth year as part of sophomore campaigns. She had qualified in at least two events as a junior and was recognized as a state participant despite the cancellation of the NYS competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two years after her last physical appearance, she won this coveted title.
âHer goal in high school was to get on that podium in first place,â Wright said of Trietley, the region’s second individual state champion in as many weeks, joining cross-country runner Allegany-Limestone. Angelina Napoleon. âAnd she was able to achieve that goal.
âWe’re proud of Lex, but we’re proud of all the girls who were there today. They lived in the moment, they loved being there with their teammates and they all knew they were good enough and deserved to be there. We couldn’t have been prouder of the way they portrayed Olean today.