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Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls swimming: Dina Rommel, Clarence

By Keith McShea

Dina Rommel, Clarence (Harry Scull/Buffalo News)The Prep Talk Player of the Year for girls swimming was not just dominant at Western New York meets, she was dominant at the state championship meet -- for the second straight year. 

Dina Rommel of Clarence, who will swim at the University of Virginia next year, was the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the state championships. She won two individual events -- the 50-yard freestyle (Section VI record and All-American time of 23.13) and the 100 butterfly (55.77) -- while she also helped the 400 free relay (with fellow seniors Rebecca Anthone, Victoria Butler and Sydney Modeas) break Clarence’s own state record it set last year (3:28.72) with an All-American time of 3:26.98.

Her performance was a major reason that the Red Devils finished with a meet-best team total of 241 points (despite a disqualification in the 200 medley relay) and why Clarence girls swimming earned the top spot in our fall Power 10.


Last year Rommel also starred at the state meet, helping Clarence to the top of not only the fall 2012 final Power 10 but also the No. 1 Power 10 spot for the entire 2012-13 school year. She and the Clarence team appeared on PrepTalkTV last season.

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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. 

The list:

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


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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