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coach Mag­gie Har­ris said. “That was ba­si­cally the spark that started an all-around awe­some re­gional meet.”

The War­riors coun­tered with in­di­vid­ual vic­to­ries by Weems in the 200-yard freestyle (1:57.08) and Jor­dan Fried­man (2:12.33) in the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley. Eas­ton also got a third from Suzi Bruce in the 200 free (1:59.61) and a sec­ond in the 200 IM from Sauter (2:25.10). Queen Anne’s Abi­gail Zsebe­dics placed third in the IM (2:28.28).

Rit­ter then claimed backto-back vic­to­ries in the 50 free (24.64) and the 100 but­ter­fly (58.59), her but­ter­fly time best­ing the boys’ fastest time as well. Eas­ton’s Clark took sec­ond in the 50 free (25.32) and Cam­bridge-South Dorch­ester’s Micah Slacum took third (26.17). Sauter placed third for Eas­ton in the fly (1:05.11).

Hem­ming­way kept the Li­ons cruis­ing by win­ning the 100 free (53.09) with Bowyer tak­ing third (58.33). Kent County’s Mag­gie Jones placed sec­ond (58.17).

Bruce broke the Li­ons’ streak by dom­i­nat­ing the 500 free with a time of 5:29.74, but Mas­ters picked up sec­ond­place points with a time of 5:40.84. Queen Anne’s then edged the War­riors again in a re­lay, the 200-yard freestyle. Rit­ter, Bowyer, Folker, and Hem­ing­way fin­ished in 1:41.02, 18 hun­dredths of a sec­ond faster than Eas­ton (Fried­man, Clark, Bruce, Weems).

Weems and Clark then fin­ished 1-2 in the 100-yard back­stroke with times of 1:01.94 and 1:03.94, re­spec­tively. Queen Anne’s col­lected points from Zsebe­dics (4th) and Bowyer (5th).

The Li­ons’ got the de­cid­ing points with a vic­tory by Hem­ing­way in the 100 breast­stroke (1:08.63) and the meet-end­ing 400-free re­lay (Mas­ters, Zsebe­dics, Folker, Bowyer, 3:56.88). Fried­man placed sec­ond for Eas­ton in the breast­stroke (1:09.58) and C-SD’s Micah Slacum took third (1:13.32).

Paige Fried­man, El­iz­a­beth Hostet­ter, An­nie Ray, and Sauter teamed for a sec­ond in the 400 re­lay (4:05.0), and Kent Is­land’s Erin Smith, Natalie Schilling, Grace Schilling, and Han­nah Crowe teamed for third (4:15.36).

“Our girls, they were awe­some,” War­riors head coach Kara Ersk­ine said. “They got best times, they got many high school records, and we can’t ask for any­thing more.”

“We have a cou­ple stars, but we also have a cou­ple break­out swim­mers,” Har­ris said. “Sarah Bowyer is a fresh­man and she swam out of her mind tonight. McKen­zie Hem­ing­way, a fresh­man, she’s an up­com­ing star for us. She’ll def­i­nitely be a con­tender at states.”

Newmier, Gard­ner, Trice, and Ben­nett eas­ily won the 200-yard med­ley re­lay in 1:45.09 to open the meet. Ben­nett also won the 200 free eas­ily with a time of 1:54.88, ahead of sec­ond-place Cody Wal­ton of Queen Anne’s (2:04.44) and third-place Josh Newmier of Eas­ton (2:04.63).

Gard­ner cruised to vic­tory in the 200 IM (2:05.31) with Kent County’s Zachary Reed tak­ing sec­ond (2:16.38) and Queen Anne’s Scott Wal­ton third (2:17.35).

Trice (59.36) and Bren­dan An­drew (1:01.80) took first and sec­ond, re­spec­tively, in the 100 fly, with C-SD’s Ben Corn­well tak­ing third (1:01.84).

Sam Newmier won the 100 free (50.89) just ahead of South­ern’s Kevin Mer­ton (51.64) and Kent Is­land’s James Yates (52.05). The War­riors then went 1-2 again, this time in the 500 free with Ben­nett fin­ish­ing first (5:16.30) and Josh Newmier sec­ond (5:44.63). Queen Anne’s Cody Wal­ton placed third (5:52.41).

Eas­ton picked up third­place points in the 200 free re­lay with the team of Kyle Proa, Josh Newmier, Monte James, and An­drew (1:42.03).

Sam Newmier (57.98), Yates (59.17), and Trice (59.61) fin­ished 1-2-3 in the 100 back, and Gard­ner (1:03.27), Reed (1:06.78), and Scott Wal­ton (1:08.10) went 1-2-3 in the 100 breast.

The War­riors wrapped up their cham­pi­onship with a de­ci­sive win in the 400-free re­lay. Ben­nett, Sam Newmier, Trice, and Gard­ner fin­ished in 3:32.09. Kent County’s team of Barnes Saun­ders, Avery Boege, Reed, and An­drew Carr took third (3:44.70).

“The boys, they re­ally brought it to­day,” Ersk­ine said. “They were on fire. I’ve never seen them swim that well be­fore. This is my third year coach­ing and they re­ally picked it up.”

“We didn’t lose too many peo­ple this year, which was nice, be­cause we have the bond that we had last year,” said Gard­ner. “We came in here know­ing it wouldn’t be easy. We couldn’t quite just take it, but we were all pretty con­fi­dent. It’s been nice to be a part of this team for the last four years. … The 200 IM was a per­sonal best for me and 100 breast was a per­sonal best for high-school timeswise. A lot of the other guys got best times, like Sam Newmier crushed his 100 freestyle. Nat Trice, he got a best time in the 100 fly to­day. All in all, amaz­ing run for boys and girls side, both killed it.”

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