Bruce, Friedman help Easton shake Lions
One-two finish in 100 breaststroke lifts girls; Gardner, Robinson, Tipton power boys
CHESTERTOWN — Suzi Bruce and Paige Friedman delivered a 1-2 finish in the 100yard breaststroke late Tuesday afternoon, breaking a tie in the second-to-last event to help boost Easton High’s girls’ swim team to a 92-78 victory over Queen Anne’s County at Washington College’s Casey Swim Center.
Easton (3-0) led 32-30 after four events, and widened its lead to 51-43 over the next two events, as Catherine Sauter won the 100 butterfly (1 minute, 1.40 seconds) before sisters Paige and Brie Friedman finished first and third, respectively, in the 100 freestyle with marks of 1:02.09 and 1:05.53. Isabel Finch’s victory in the 500 freestyle (5:23.31), coupled with fourth- and fifth-place finishes by Maci Dixon and Mia Russo nudged the Warrior lead to 10 with four events remaining.
But the Lions forged a 62-62 tie when the team of Abigail Barnett, Jasmine Stubbs, Abigail Rendulic, and Emma Golden won the 200 freestyle relay (1:57.81), and teammates Kaitlyn Robinson, Julia Redpath, Delayne Hemingway and Taylor Walls took second in 2:14.35. Easton had one relay disqualified, but picked up two points as Kate Esterson, Pharren Robinson, Bree Haufe and Leah Skirka placed third (2:16.14).
Both teams added eight points in the 100 backstroke. Queen Anne’s Hailey Ritter, the defending 3A-2A-1A state champion in the fly and state runner-up
in the 50 freestyle, won the backstroke in 1:04.23, while Stubbs was fourth (1:13.38). Sauter (1:04.84) was second in the back, followed by third-place Lexi Clark (1:05.97) and fifth-place Robinson (1:23.35).
But the 70-70 deadlock was broke when Bruce clocked a first-place 1:15.66 to win the 100 breaststroke, Paige Friedman took second in 1:19.64, and Kate Esterson was fourth (1:32.37), giving Easton an 82-74 lead. The Warriors’ 400 freestyle relay of Finch, Sauter, Clark and Bruce cemented the win, finishing first in 3:51.88, more than a full 24 seconds ahead of the second-place Queen Anne’s foursome of Ritter, Golden, Abigail Zsebedics and Heidi Reuter. Easton’s Dixon, Russo, Haufe and Kate Esterson placed third.
Easton took an early lead when Bruce, Finch, Sauter and Clark won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:57.09, and Brie Friedman, Paige Friedman, Pharren Robinson and Jill Esterson placed third. Queen Anne’s Stubbs, Barnett, Ritter and Reuter were second (2:03.38).
Bruce won the 200 freestyle in 2:08.69 and Dixon (2:43.31) was fourth. But Queen Anne’s Reuter (2:11.41) and Barnett (2:26.07) finished second and third, keeping it a fourpoint margin. Finch rolled to victory in the 200 individual medley (2:16.25), but the Lions’ Zsebedics (2:36.09), Rendulic (2:48.97) and Cecelia Schweitzer (2:49.41) finished second, third and fourth, shaving Easton’s lead to 25-21.
The Lions drew closer at 32-30 when Ritter won the 50 free (24.88) and Robinson (28.32) placed third, sandwiching Clark’s runner-up finish of 26-flat. Brie Friedman was fourth in 29.25.
Queen Anne’s got runnerup efforts from Schweitzer (fly, 1:15.72), Barnett (100 free, 1:02.09), and Reuter (500 free, 5:46.25).
Easton’s boys easily improved to 3-0, finishing 1-2 in all but one individual event and sweeping the relays en route to a 118-52 victory.
David Gardner, Jaden Tipton and Anri Robinson each won two events and were part of two winning relays. Gardner won the 200 and 500 freestyles with marks of 1:56.47 and 5:25.59, Tipton touched the wall first in the 100 freestyle (52.50) and 100 backstroke (1:05.85), and Robinson was first in the 200 IM (2:16.03) and 100 fly (59.94).
Gardner, Robinson, Josh Newmier and Kyle Proa teamed to win the 200 medley relay in 1:49.31, Tipton, Proa, Colin Kelly and Robinson took first in the 200 free relay (1:37.63), and Tipton, Johnny Remaniak, Gardner and Newmier won the 400 frees relay in 3:41.
Newmier won the 100 breaststroke (1:08.56) — followed by Remaniak (1:12.56) and Evan Gavin (1:22.87) — and was second runner-up in the 200 free (2:01.87). Proa won the 50 freestyle (23.22) and was second in the 100 free (56.41).
The Warriors also got runner-up efforts from Remaniak (200 IM, 2:23.03); Kelly (50 free, 24:00, and 100 backstroke, 1:12.01) and Cory Wazniak (500 free, 5:57.81), who added a third-place finish in the 100 fly (1:04.44), and joined Danny Kulp, Lane Clark and Jamie Erskine on the thirdplace 400 free relay.
Nathan Olah was second in the 100 fly (1:04.32) for Queen Anne’s best finish in an individual event. Olah teamed with Jason Thomas, Austin Weller and Robert Pfeiffer on the runner-up 200 medley relay (1:58.90), and joined Thomas, Pfeiffer and Will Covington on the second-place 400 free relay (4:02.32). Queen Anne’s Louis Endrich, Covington, Garrett Cole and Matt Webster were second in the 200 free relay (1:50.41).
Placing third for Queen Anne’s were: Thomas (200 free); Olah (200 IM); Pfeiffer (50, 500 free); Covington (100 free); and Andrew Peck (100 back).
Easton’s Anri Robinson surfaces during his victory in the 200 individual medley Tuesday against Queen Anne’s County. Robinson also won the 100 fly to help the Warriors remain unbeaten.
Easton’s Suzi Bruce drives through water during the backstroke leg of the 200 medley relay Tuesday against Queen Anne’s. Bruce was part of two winning relays, and her victory in 100 breaststroke helped the Warriors pull away.
Easton’s David Gardner won the 200 and 500 freestyles, and swam legs on two winning relays Tuesday to help the Warriors past Queen Anne’s.