WEBSTER, N.Y. -- James Donlevy knew what he had to do. Instead of dwelling on disappointment, he gathered himself and answered the challenge that he faced.
Donlevy, the outstanding senior sprinter from Sachem North, recovered from a tough showing in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle at yesterday's New York State Swimming Championships at the Webster Aquatic Center to redeem himself in the 100 free.
Donlevy, the fastest qualifier in the 50 in Friday's prelims with a time of 21.06 seconds, was set for the final. He knew he needed a fast start off the block, but as soon as he hit the water his goggles became dislodged and dangled from his during the race. He never recovered and placed eighth in 27.69.
Donlevy was understandably disappointed afterward, but he knew he had another chance. "There were definitely [nerves]," Donlevy said about going back out for the 100 free. "I had to get back on my feet and brush it off and keep going.''
And that's just what he did. Donlevy clocked his 100 in 45.71, good enough for third place overall. "It was definitely rewarding -- I needed it,'' Donlevy said. he said.
His coach, Larry Saposnick, knew he would bounce back.
"He's a very hard worker,'' said Saposnick. "He trains very hard and deserves everything he gets. I never really get nervous when James swims because he's so calm and doesn't show emotion. He always steps up and I'm proud of him.''
Trevor Dearstyne of Massapequa was third in the 50 in 21.21 and Travis LeGuyader of St. John the Baptist was fourth in 21.28.
Said Dearstyne afterward: "As soon as I got on the block I was thinking about winning -- that's been my goal all along. I'm very happy with how I swam, it was a personal best and I couldn't be happier.''