CORNING - For the second year in a row, the Hawks will have a plethora of representatives at the state meet in individual events as well as relays at the New York State meet at Nassau Aquatic Center in Long Island Friday and Saturday after a record setting regular season for the program.


In all, this years’ Hawks boys swim team broke 13 pool records and set team records in six events.


"It was very exciting to start out the season doing so well," Corning head coach Alyssa Helsing said. "Even as the season progresses and the boys get tired with the number of meets, they still were able to have some amazing swims. There are multiple pools where they came out with some pretty impressive records."


Corning set records in five different pools during the regular season including Hilton, Elmira, Watkins Glen, Union-Endicott and its own.


Three Hawks qualified for individual events including Cal Bartone in the 100 breaststroke and 50 freestyle, Ryan McNutt in the 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle and Nick Jubilee in diving.


Bartone will swim in the maximum four events Saturday after swimming in three events a season ago. Bartone finished ninth in the 50 freestyle last season and 12th in the 100 breaststroke individually. He has his sights set higher this time around.


"Individually, I’d like to place top-3 and hit the All-American times," said Bartone. "[All-American times] will be a big jump from my fastest times, but with the training we’ve done and the hard work we’ve put in I think we can do it."


McNutt will be racing in the 100 freestyle as well as alongside Bartone in the 50 freestyle. The pair will have a friendly competition as teammates competing against each other at the state meet, with each trying to one-up the other.


"There’s definitely a little friendly competition," said Bartone. "I want to beat him and he wants to beat me, but in the end we’re going to be supportive of each other no matter what happens."


The competition drives each to push that much harder in preparation for states.


"Definitely helps, Bartone said. "During tough practices it’s hard to push yourself, but when you have a guy right next to me that I know is going to be at states and I’m going to want to beat him, it’s really helpful to train with him."


One of the biggest stories of the season for the Hawks has been the emergence of Nick Jubilee. Jubilee, in only his second season of diving, qualified for the state meet and a broke pool record at Union-Endicott set in 2006 as well as shattering Corning records. Jubilee broke the six dive Corning team record set in 1985 as well as an 11 dive record set in 2002.


Of all of his highlights this season, breaking a six dive record that was set in 2008 at a regular season double dual meet against Watkins Glen and Greene was the most rewarding for Jubilee.


"That meet was pretty rough, I almost had a failed dive on one of my dives," said Jubilee. "I think just bouncing back from that kind of showed me that as long as I stay focused and have mental toughness, I can do anything."


As a former state competitor in diving, Helsing can see why Jubilee had had rapid progression in diving throughout the season.


"He’s naturally talented, he’s a really hard worker and he’s a good fit for it," said Helsing. "You have to have a good combination of strong will, determination, being able to overcome fear and coachability and he has all of those things."


Jubilee’s goal for his first taste of state diving is to make the


"My goals are to make it past the first round of cuts," said Jubilee. "After that, to just have clean dives. To not be stressed about how I place, but about how I perform."


At the state meet, there are 40 divers total with 16 cut after the first five dives and another four cut after the next three dives. The top 20 competitors complete all 11 dives.


For the second year in a row, Corning is competing in all three relays. Domenic Palumbo, Bartone, Yushi Portwood and McNutt will compete in the 200 medley relay. Owen Fisher, Robin Liu, Palumbo and Daniel Hursh will compete in the 200 free relay and McNutt, Palumbo, Hursh and Bartone in the 400 freestyle relay.


The experience the relays have at the state meet and swimming together could lead to state medals for the Hawks. Corning medaled in the 200 medley relay last season, finishing 10th.


"It’s part of the chemistry between us," said Bartone. "We’re all so supportive of each other and do our best and give everyone a shot to achieve our goals."


Setting personal bests and repeating the state medal performance in the 200 medley relay as well as medaling in the other relays are goals for the Hawks.


"I think with our relays, we’re for not just racing the other teams, but to have our own personal successes and have our own best times and hopefully that means medaling in the top 10," said Helsing.


While Palumbo is the only senior of the group going to states, all but two have experience at the state meet which could have an impact on how they compete.


"The group of them -- having the experience of having already gone is very valuable," said Helsing. "They know what to expect, they know the feel of it. It’s not a new thing, so I think they’re mentally more prepared."


The top 30 swimmers advance to finals, with the top 10 in the championship heat, the next 10 in the consolation heat, and qualifiers 21 to 30 compete in a bonus race. The top 10 finishers earn state medals.


Diving and prelims for swimming is on Friday, while swimming finals are on Saturday.