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CANTON — Canton will be the target of Section 10 swimming opponents this fall as teams take aim at last year’s league and sectional champions.

However, one Golden Bears swimmer has targeted some pretty high goals of her own, and she may very well achieve them.

Angelina Domena is the returning Section 10 champion in the 500 freestyle, was part of two sectional champion relays last year, and was the sectional runnerup in the 200 freestyle. She accomplished all of that as a freshman.

Now she has much more in mind in the sport she loves.

At some point over the next three years, she said, she wants to set section records in the 500, 200, 100 and 50 freestyles, and the 200 individual medley.

“And I want to someday swim in college in Division I, possibly at Cornell or Ithaca or maybe Vermont. Also, I’d like to be in the Speedo Championships, which you have to do well in to compete in the Olympic trials,” said Domena, an honor roll student who attends Madrid-Waddington and swims for Canton under a merger agreement.

Domena competes solely in swimming and she’s in the pool 11 months a year, which includes her involvement with the Northern TRIBS Swimming Club.

“Swimming is very, very important to me. It’s not something I have to force myself to do,” she said. “I’m dedicated to it and I get pretty excited about it.”

Though just a sophomore, this season will be Domena’s fourth on the Canton varsity since being elevated from the modified level halfway through her seventh grade season.

“Angie looks fabulous in practice so far this year and I know she’s going to have a good season,” said Canton coach Meg McGovern. “She works so hard in practice. If she has any problem, she drills and drills until she gets it right. And she’s very much a team player.”

Domena began swimming at the age of nine with the Potsdam Bears Swim Club and then moved on to Northern TRIBS before competing at Canton.

“I didn’t know a thing about it when I started at 9 years old. Now I’m very passionate about it,” she said.

Domena’s goal for the Canton team is to go undefeated this year and believes feels their unity will carry the Bears a long way.

“The girls are like a family at Canton,” said Domena who has also exhibited leadership qualities as a young swimmer. “At meets I try to brighten things. We’re being watched after winning last year and I think what will help us as a team to do well again is being very positive. I believe in positivity.”

Not many Section 10 swimmers go on to compete in college, but McGovern believes that Domena can.

“I think she can because she’s a year-round swimmer which makes a big difference,” McGovern said. “I have no doubt she can reach her goals. She works so hard.”

NAC OUTLOOK

Don’t expect much to change in Section 10 swimming this season.

Nearly all of the individual winners from last year’s championship meet have returned and the top teams from a year ago should be strong again this season.

Canton went 11-0 and won the Division I title by two meets over Massena. OFA was third at 7-4. St. Lawrence Central went 8-3-1 and won Division II’s title a year ago and will move up to Division I this year. Malone was second in Division II last year with a 7-4 record.

Four individual champions have returned. OFA’s Susie Morrow won the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke last fall. Canton’s Dana LaPoint won the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly, and Canton’s Angelina Domena won the 500 freestyle. Malone’s Kenzie Wilson won the 100 freestyle.

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