Kent, Cambridge split opener
— Senior captain B.K. Saunders led by example last week when Kent County High School’s boys opened their swim season with a win. Saunders won two individual events and swam on the winning 200 medley relay, helping host Kent to defeat Cambridge-South Dorchester, 92-77.
On the girls side, Caroline MacLeod, another senior captain, and sophomore Mallory Helfenbein each won one individual event and swam on the winning 200 medley relay.
Cambridge scored a 108-60 victory, gaining a split.
The meet was Tuesday, Dec. 19 at Washington College’s Casey Swim Center, which is Kent County’s home venue.
For a program that has 10 freshmen and a handful of other newcomers, it was a great first meet, said firstyear head coach Ruth Reed.
She applauded captains MacLeod, Saunders, Christina Bonass and Patrick Cooksey and the other seasoned swimmers for “acclimating the ‘newbies’ to the meet so they would understand the process and be less intimidated by their first experience.”
“Everyone supported each other and had a great time once the process started,” Reed wrote in an email the day after the meet.
For the girls, Kent won three individual events, placed second in four events and headed the 200 medley relay. Senior Cassidy Braver, one of the unsung heroes on the team, anchored the winning 200 medley relay and placed second in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly.
Brianna Pierce and Braver went one-two in the 200 free and MacLeod and 4Braver went one-two in the 100 butterfly.