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February 5, 2023
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Therese Sowa, one of five short-track speedskating Sowas competing in the 43rd Empire State Winter Games, won gold in Division 3 Scholastic B classification at the Olympic Center Sunday.
Sowa, 11, of Medford, Mass., tied with Cassie Lei, 11 of Sharon, Mass. to share gold. Each had two wins and two runner-up results – to each other. Phoenix Abernathy, 13, of Glastonbury, Conn. won bronze, finishing with three thirds and a fifth in the 7-racer field.
Frederick Sowa, 18, also of Medford, used three third-place and one second-place finish to take overall bronze in the Division 2 Scholastic A Men’s category behind gold medalist Liam Kitchel, 15, of White River Junction (three firsts and one second) and silver medalist Rory O’Brien, 18, of Lakewood, Ohio (a first, two seconds and a third).
A total 56 short track speed skaters competed in the event. For complete results, see empirestatewintergames.com/results.
The ESWG, sponsored by Community Bank, N.A., is the largest multi-winter amateur sports event in the United States. From Friday Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5, close to 2,200 athletes are scheduled to compete in 23 winter sports in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Paul Smiths.
For more information, including sport schedule and results, visit empirestatewintergames.com. For photos of the Opening Ceremony and events, see ESWGPhotos.com. You do not have to be a resident of New York State to participate in the Empire State Games, and most sports are open to all levels.