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Press photo by KATIE MCDONALD Brooke Munion, shown here in a meet from earlier this season, was part of the Freedom 400 free relay team that pulled out a win over Easton. Press photo by KATIE MCDONALD Brooke Munion, shown here in a meet from earlier this season, was part of the Freedom 400 free relay team that pulled out a win over Easton.

FHS falls to Easton

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 by KATIE MCDONALD kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom's girls swimming team was defeated by Easton, 56-46, last week, but not without a fight.

"There were a lot of little things in that meet, a lot of [close races]," said Patriot captain, Molly Magnan.

The Red Rovers opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, and the Patriots placed second. Easton also won the 200 free relay with Freedom close behind, but in the third and final relay, Shannon Howell, Brooke Munion, Carly DelFranco, and Helen Hsu combined to outswim Easton in the 400 free relay in 3:43.56.

DelFranco was outtouched by Easton in the 200 IM, and Hsu suffered the same fate in the 50 free.

DelFranco and Hsu came back to win the 100 backstroke in 1:02.55 and the 100 free in 53.85, respectively.

Howell was also an individual event winner for the Patriots with a victory in the 500 free in 5:18.67.

Other Patriots who scored second and third place points included Munion, who was second in the 200 free and the 100 butterfly, Howell, who was third in the 200 free, and Kelly Kopko, who was third in the 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke.

This was only Freedom's third loss of the season.

Magnan said, "The season's been going really well for us. We may have a smaller team, but we have the girls pull through in the meets. We're just as strong as the other competitors, and it's showing."