Eas­ton spoils Kent’s home-open­ing meet

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CHESTER­TOWN — Eas­ton swept host Kent County in a high school swim meet Dec. 20 at Washington Col­lege. It wasn’t close. Eas­ton won ev­ery event and also placed sec­ond in most events.

“If you look at the scores, we did not do well,” head coach Ruth Reed said of the Tro­jans’ home opener.

But look­ing only at the scores would be un­fair to the Tro­jans, who con­tinue to get bet­ter.

For ex­am­ple, first-year high school swim­mers Jack Cul­lum, Ian Wal­ters and Alystair McKenzie each lopped off a huge amount of time in their re­spec­tive 50 freestyle splits.

Wal­ters, McKenzie and Jake Jones have im­pressed coaches Reed and Caren Saun­ders with im­proved strokes and faster times.

On the girls’ side, all of Kent’s en­tries in the 100 back­stroke and 100 breast­stroke are novices.

Be­cause of the Tro­jans’ in­ex­pe­ri­ence, se­nior cap­tain Bri­anna Pierce has stepped up to swim the 100 but­ter­fly and se­nior Kathryn Ban­nis­ter has vol­un­teered to swim the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley — two de­mand­ing events.

Pierce was the run­ner-up in the fly last week against Eas­ton’s girls, who are the de­fend­ing re­gion cham­pi­ons.

Ju­nior Shane Saun­ders and sopho­more An­drew Smith placed sec­ond in the 100 fly and 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley, re­spec­tively.

Printed here are com­plete re­sults for Kent’s girls and boys.

GIRLS

200 med­ley re­lay of Jil­lian Orr, Ash­lyn Orr, Bri­anna Pierce and Bethany Heine­field, 2:44.4, third.

200 free: Pierce, 2:41.5, third; Claire O’Brien, 3:45, fifth; and Alex Joiner, 3:46.5, sixth.

200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley: A. Orr, 3:28.2, fourth; and Kathryn Ban­nis­ter, 3:45.7, fifth.

50 free: An­nie Squire South­worth, 37.9, fourth; Bri­anna Fis­sell, 38.7, fifth; and Joiner, 40.7, sixth.

100 but­ter­fly: Pierce, 1:29.2, sec­ond.

100 free: J. Orr, 1:20.5, fourth; Heine­field, 1:28.5, fifth; Lily Nuse, 1:34.5, sixth.

500 free: A. Orr, 8:30.0, fourth; and Macy Wil­lis, 9:48.8, fifth.

200 free re­lay of Emma Ranville, O’Brien, Fis­sell and Ken­dall Stevens, 2:33.0, third; and Joiner, Sarah Her­ron, Nuse and Ban­nis­ter, 2:49.5, fourth.

100 back­stroke: Ranville, 1:46.1, fourth.

100 breast­stroke: J. Orr, 2:01.7, fourth; Fis­sell, 2:02.7, fifth; and Ranville, 2:07.5, sixth.

400 free re­lay of Heine­field, Ban­nis­ter, A. Orr and Pierce, 5:30.7, third.

BOYS

200 freestyle re­lay of Nathan King, An­drew Smith, Shane Saun­ders and Ian Wal­ters, 2:16.9, fourth.

200 free: Saun­ders, 2:19.3, third; Wal­ters. 2:35.0, fifth; and Ai­dan Zottarelli, 2:43.0, sixth.

200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley: Smith, 2:23.2, sec­ond; and Jack Cul­lum, 2:42.8, fifth.

50 free: King, 26.4, third; Jake Jones, 32.3, fifth; and Thomas Martinez, 33.5, sixth.

100 but­ter­fly: Saun­ders, 1:10.7, sec­ond; and Nick Jones, 1:33.3, fifth.

100 free: Alystair McKenzie, 1:09.5, fourth; Zottarelli, 1:11.9, fifth; and Martinez, 1:19.4, sixth.

500 free: Smith, 6:56.3. third; and King, 6:41.4, fourth.

200 free re­lay of Zottarelli, Damien Lee, Chris Ralosky, 2:00.2, fourth.

100 back­stroke: J. Jones, 1:18.2, fourth; McKenzie, 1:30.4, fifth; and Lee, 1:50.3, sixth.

100 breast­stroke: Cul­lum, 1:22.6, fourth; Wal­ters, 1:31.9, fifth; and N. Jones, 1:32.5, sixth.

400 free re­lay of Martinez, Ralosky, Lee and Zottarelli, 4:10.6, third; and Saun­ders, Wal­ters, King and Smith, 5:24.7, fourth.

PHOTO BY TRISH MCGEE

Kent County High School ju­nior Shane Saun­ders is scoring con­sis­tently in the 100 but­ter­fly. He placed sec­ond in the Dec. 20 meet against Eas­ton.

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