Knights sweep 'Cats in the pool
TOWANDA - The Black Knights swept Athens in local swimming action Friday.
Towanda won the boys' meet 105-76 and the girls' 97-84.
"The guys hit a good stride tonight," Towanda coach Mike Locke said. "We filled all the lanes in every event, and had some key wins. They are really starting to put thing together."
Athens won the 200 medley relay in 1:52.66 behind a team of Frank Chen, Tyler Solomon, Bryan Solomon and Kurt Walck. Bryan Solomon then won the 200 free in 2:03.49 with Towanda's Christian Basse and Michael Kerrick in second and third.
Knight Derrick Cole won the 200 IM in 2:25.990 while teammate Michael Caine was second. His time of 2:29.02 was good enough for district qualifying. Athens' Austin Dukes was third and qualified for districts as well.
In the 50 free Towanda's Blake Burlingame won in 22.84 with Chen second and Towanda's Jimmy Tice third.
Knight Tyler Basse won the diving with 119.60 while Athens' Zach Firestine was second and Towanda's Josh Morgan took third.
Tyler Solomon won the 100 fly in 1:03.63 with Towanda's Caine and Schulyer Smith second and third.
Burlingame returned to win the 100 free in 52.74 with Kurt Walck second and Knight Austin Kriner third.
Bryan Solomon won the 500 free in 5:32.92 with Basse and Cole second and third. Towanda's 200 free relay of Smith, Kriner, Kerrick and Caine won in 1:41.56 while Chen won the 100 backstroke in 55.48. Kriner and Kerrick took second and third.
Tyler Solomon won the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.85 with Tice and Knight Matt Schultz second and third.
Athens' 400 free relay of Chen, Walck, Bryan Solomon and Troy Stivason won in 3:43.73.
The Lady Knights had one district qualifier in Hailey Innocenzo. Innocenzo qualified in the 50 free (28.84) during the first leg of the 200 free.
"The Towanda girls team was fortunate tonight that a number of the Athens squad were missing from their roster, but that doesn't take away from the effort and energy that our girls brought tonight," Locke remarked. "They had some close races and fought for every win. They did a great job."
In the 200 medley relay a Towanda team of Morgan Dreisch, Courtney Locke, Sarah Lamphere and Meredith Corbett won in 2:12.24.
Wildcat Courtney Dukes won the 200 free in 2:16.48 while Dreisch was second and Athens' Maggi Mahonski took third.
Lamphere led a 1-2 sweep of the 200 IM in 2:33.66 as Lock was second. Athens' Elizabeth Ondrey took third.
Corbett won the 50 free in 28.87 with Wildcat Lauren Pruyne second and Innocenzo third.
Athens' Sarah Slocum won the diving in 175.75 with Towanda's Caroline Vanna second and Athens' Alli Mahonski third.
Lamphere won the 100 fly in 1:11.51 with Athens' Courtney Webster second and Knight Kaylyn Forbes third.
Corbett won the 100 free in 1:03.67 followed by Wildcats Megan Dukes and Chloe Farrell in second and third.
Pruyne won the 500 free in 6:39.20 with Mahonski second and Towanda's Ronnie Black third.
The Black Knight team of Innocenzo, Dreisch, Corbett and Lamphere won the 200 free in 1:56.75 followed by a Black Knight sweep in the 100 backstroke. Locke led the way with a time of 1:08.98 followed by Dreisch and Black.
Courtney Dukes won the 100 breaststroke in 1:20.85 followed by Vanna and Ondrey.
In the 400 free relay a Wildcat team of Giuliana Desisti, Courtney Dukes, Megan Dukes and Pruyne won in 4:24.27.
"Towanda got the all important depth points in this meet overall," Athens coach Mark Keister said. "We won the majority of events of the boys side but could never cut into Towanda's lead. On the girls' side, we didn't get many beneficial match ups go in our direction, meaning where we won big or lost big it was by comfortable margins and when we had close events it went Towanda's way. Our girls had many nice and impressive swims including several PR's, but we fell behind early 2-12 in the first event and were not able to cut into that lead."
"We were down a few swimmers and we could have used are personel a little better, but regardless, tonight towanda got things to swing their way," added Keister.