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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.