For a second straight year, the Illescas sisters from East Elmhurst dominated the pool at the 2001 Empire State Games in Utica, combining for seven medals.
Andrea Illescas, a senior at The Mary Louis Academy, captured four silver medals after winning gold in the 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter butterfly last year in Binghamton. She was edged out in the 200 butterfly by Adirondacks Jen Eberst, who broke a six-year Empire State Games record with a time of 2:22.63.
Illescas also finished second in the 200 freestyle (2:10.02), .19 seconds off the lead and her time of 1:04.71 was .07 seconds away from a gold medal. She also anchored the silver-medal winning 800 freestyle relay (9:19.72), which also featured Forest Hills resident Kasia Sawicz.
Andreas younger sister Jennifer Illescas captured the gold in the scholastic womens 100 freestyle (1:00.16) and the 200 butterfly (2:29.41). She also anchored the gold-medal winning 800 freestyle (9:06.74), was on the 400 medley side, which took the silver medal and the bronze-winning 800 freestyle relay.
At last years Games, Jennifer captured the silver medal in the 100 butterfly and won a bronze in the 800-meter medley relay.
On the mens side, College Points Russell Mark took the silver medal in the open 200-meter breaststroke and was part of the gold-medal winning 400 medley relay. Breezy Points Kurt Cedo captured the bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100 backstroke and swam the second leg of the gold medal-winning 800 freestyle relay.
Moneaque Blackwood of Glendale, who captured two gold medals and two silver medals in last years Games, had a repeat performance by winning the gold in the 110-meter hurdles and was part of the open womens 4x400 relay team, along with Fresh Meadows Olive Smart, Laurelton resident Nathaai Maxwell and Sharmain Marshall from Brooklyn.
Blackwood, Maxwell, Marshall and Nadine George from Rosedale, captured the silver medal in the 4x100 relay. Blackwood, who went to Richmond Hill High School, took the silver in the 400-meter hurdles.
George repeated as the bronze medal winner in the open womens long jump.
Queens Village resident Loretta Schuellein again took the gold in the womens open 5K racewalk. Li Mei Tan from Queens won the silver in the womens scholastic 5k racewalk.
Also on the womens side, Shellean Fyffe was part of the bronze medal-winning scholastic 4x400 relay side.
It was also the same cast of characters on the mens side, as Bellerose resident Ed Hausdorf, who competes at St. Johns University, won the bronze in the open mens javelin. Richard Jones, from Jamaica, won the silver medal in the open mens 400-meter dash and was part of the gold medal-winning open 4x400 relay team.
Cale Brereton, from Cambria Heights, joined Jameil Delecia, Sanchez Ross and Dakel Vicks, from Brooklyn, to win the bronze medal in the scholastic mens 4X100 relay.
Luis Pena, Jr. and Julian Bednarek again dominated for the New York City squad as the Queens residents combined to win seven medals in the canoe/kayak competition.
Pena. from Elmhurst won the gold medal in the open mens kayak single 500-meter and also placed first, along with Ridgewoods Jakub Koscinski, in the mens kayak quad 200-meter. Pena and Vytautas Rudzinskas from Manhattan took the gold in the mens kayak pair 200-meter.
Pena finished behind Rudzinskas in the open mens kayak single 200-meter to take the bronze.
Bednarek, from Forest Hills, won the bronze in the canoe single 500-meter, took the silver in the canoe single 200-meter and, along with Dongzi Cao, captured the canoe pair 500-meter.
College Point resident Liz Kotler took the gold medal in the womens uneven bars and the silver in the womens vault. Long Island City native Travol Williams won the silver in the open mens vault and helped lead the mens team to a third place finish.
Queens resident Omar Attia won two medals, taking the silver with fellow Queens residents Jonathan Fornuff and Colin Sheehan, as well as Marc Eskenazi and Michael Silverman, in the open mens junior four in the cox competition. Attia teamed with Queens residents Karl Korfmann, Jon Masi and Joe Valentine, as well as Larry Muri from the Bronx, to win the mens open four, also in cox.
In the womens junior double, Sarah Purvis, from Whitestone, teamed with fellow Queens resident Anna Karwowska to take the bronze medal.
Queens resident Cliff Medina took home two wrestling medals, winning the silver in the open mens 58KG (128 lbs) greco-roman and took the bronze in the 58KG (128 lbs) freestyle.
Guy Codio, also from Queens, won the open mens 54KG (119 lbs) greco-roman bronze and Astoria resident Junichir Maikuma finished third in the 76KG (167 lbs) greco-roman.
Queens resident Rolando Balboa repeated his 2000 Empire State Games performance by winning the silver medal in the open mens foil, as he fell to New York City teammate John Gonzalez in the gold medal match.
Whitestone native Willy Chang took third in the scholastic mens foil.
Flushings Joe Yu shattered an 18-year-old weightlifting record in the flyweight (123.25 pounds) division when he totalled 462.96 pounds in the combined snatch and clean-and-jerk lifts. The 28-year-old who emigrated from China five months ago, eclipsed the 418.87-pound mark of Freeports Juan Castillo.
Vadim Savchuk took the silver in the open mens lightweight (169.75 lbs) division.
Woodhaven resident John Czech again took the silver medal in the mens scholastic all-around competition.
Forest Hills resident and Cardozo senior Jill Markowitz won the gold medal in scholastic womens tennis in first singles as her team, which also featured Jamaica resident Alison Adamski, Flushings Ellen Anolin and Lisa Vulin and Iris Liang, from Bayside, took the silver medal for the seventh straight year.
Queens Village native Kevin Colucci and Collin Henry, from Elmhurst, were on the New York City open mens volleyball team that won the bronze medal after defeating Western, 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, 25-22.
The open womens team, with Bellerose native and St. Johns coach Joanne Persico-Smith, Flushings Bina Chen and Dana Fiume, Bellerose resident Hanka Mosenzhnik, Dina Powis, from Forest Hills, and former St. Johns standouts Lynn Klein and Olga Roudovski, won its seventh straight gold medal by defeating Central 20-25, 25-19, 28-30, 25-19, 25-7.
Frankie Bagi, a Whitestone account, won his second straight Empire State silver medal in the mens welterweight (147 lbs) division.
Belleroses Ian Lang won his third straight gold medal, teaming with Staten Islands Dan Dunleavy and Peter Radioli from Brooklyn, winning the open mens trio.
Reach Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler by e-mail at Timesledger@aol.com or call 229-0300, Ext. 143.
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