By Keith McShea
Not unlike the other winner from the pool, the Prep Talk Player of the Year for boys swimming leaves a legacy not only in Western New York but at the state championship level.
Jack Boyd of Canisius, who will swim at Harvard next season, earned All-American status for the third straight year as he won his third straight state title in the 200-yard freestyle.
He also set a Western New York record at the state meet in the 500 freestyle. He finished second to Pittsford’s PJ Ransford (4:21.06) in one of the greatest finals in state history (both swimmers were much faster than the previous state mark of 4:24.06).
Boyd won state titles in the 500 as a sophomore and junior. He also helped the 200 and 400 freestyle relays to sixth-place finishes at this year's state meet.
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All Prep Talk Players of the Year will be honored at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards on June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famer Andre Reed and Janet Snyder of Kiss 98.5. The Prep Talk Awards will honor Prep Talk Players of the Year in more than 30 sports, along with the All-Western New York first teams in football and basketball.
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Our Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards will feature a different Prep Talk Player of the Year each day until the June 16 event.
Countdown to the Prep Talk Awards / Prep Talk Players of the Year
May 15 -- Boys soccer: Brandon Galanti, Frontier
May 16 -- Girls soccer: Carissima Cutrona, Williamsville South
May 17 -- Girls swimming: Dina Rommel, Clarence
May 18 -- Boys swimming: Jack Boyd, Canisius
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Boyd visited PrepTalkTV on Jan. 17 this season:
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