Bruce, Fried­man help Eas­ton shake Li­ons

One-two fin­ish in 100 breast­stroke lifts girls; Gard­ner, Robin­son, Tipton power boys

The Star Democrat - - SPORTS -

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).

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

PHOTO BY WIL­LIAM HAUFE

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.

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