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Helfen­bein led the 100 back­stroke.

MacLeod was the run­ner-up in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley and Bonass placed sec­ond in the 100 breast­stroke.

Kent’s win­ning 200 med­ley re­lay was com­prised of Helfen­bein, Bonass, MacLeod and Braver.

Saun­ders’ in­di­vid­ual wins came in the 100 but­ter­fly, where he led a sweep, and the 500 free.

Fresh­man An­drew Smith had the Tro­jans’ other in­di­vid­ual first in the 100 breast. Smith also was sec­ond in the IM.

Saun­ders, ju­nior Joseph Zap­pia and se­nior Michael Zap­pia placed first, sec­ond and third, re­spec­tively, in the 100 fly.

Joseph Zap­pia led off for the win­ning 200 med­ley re­lay and an­chored the win­ning 200 free re­lay.

The 200 med­ley re­lay was com­prised of Joseph Zap­pia, Smith, Saun­ders and se­nior Jack­son Brocker. Mem­bers of the 200 free re­lay were Nathan King, Michael Zap­pia, Cook­sey and Joseph Zap­pia.

Brocker, a first-year swim­mer for the Tro­nans, was sec­ond in the 50 free.

Kent grad­u­ated a ton of tal­ent from its 2016-17 team, es­pe­cially on the girls side. Mag­gie Jones, the four-time team MVP, now is swim­ming for Al­bright Col­lege and Meaghan Doyle is swim­ming for Frost­burg.

Team MVPs Zach Reed (Susque­hanna) and An­drew Carr (Ran­dolph-Ma­con Col­lege) also are swim­ming in col­lege.

Reed, who suc­ceeds Cassie Swayze as head coach, has liked what she has seen from this team.

“We have a very strongknit group al­ready and they are very sup­port­ive of each other. We have a great team that helps each other by shar­ing their sup­port and ad­vice through their own in­di­vid­ual strengths,” Reed wrote in an email Dec. 20.

“We have many swim­mers who are new to the swim­ming ex­pe­ri­ence, but many of them are ath­letes in other sports and are pick­ing up the strokes quickly and nat­u­rally,” she said.

Kent’s re­turnees are: se­niors Christina Bonass, Cas­sidy Braver, Patrick Cook­sey, Lau­ren Ed­wards, Dei­dre Hyl­ton, Caro­line MacLeod, Ash­ley Met­zbower and B.K. Saun­ders; ju­niors Kathryn Ban­nis­ter, Nathan King, Bri­anna Pierce and Macy Willis; and sopho­mores Mal­lory Helfen­bein, Jakob Jones and Shane Saun­ders.

The new­com­ers are: se­niors Jack­son Brocker and Michael Zap­pia; ju­niors Bethany Heine­field and Joseph Zap­pia; sopho­mores Joey Cerino, Tad Jacob and Kyle Stroup; and fresh­men Ju­lianne Diallo, Kate Ervin, Thomas Martinez, Kathryn McDon­ald, Caro­line Mil­li­gan, Lily Nuse, Ash­lyn Orr, Matthew Rickloff, An­drew Smith and Marie Zap­pia.

NOTES: Ruth Reed is a grad­u­ate of Po­comoke High School and Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

There were only two in­door pools on the Eastern Shore when Reed was in high school, and no schools on the Shore had high school swim teams then. Wash­ing­ton Col­lege did not add women’s swim­ming as an in­ter­col­le­giate sport un­til Reed was a se­nior, “and I was busy with stu­dent teach­ing, classes and the­sis,” she said.

She swam com­pet­i­tively with the age-group pro­gram at Nas­sawango Coun­try Club, where her father was the coach.

Caren Saun­ders is Reed’s as­sis­tant.

Reed (U.S. gov­ern­ment and per­sonal fi­nance) and Saun­ders (teach­ers academy, year­book and world his­tory) are teach­ers at KCHS. Saun­ders also is an as­sis­tant women’s row­ing coach at Wash­ing­ton Col­lege.

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