Kent, Cam­bridge split opener

Kent County News - - SPORTS -

— 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.

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