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Shorthanded Hurricanes fall to Red Rovers

Thursday, January 4, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

It was another scramble for Liberty’s boys’ swim team when Coach Reik Foust had to make lineup changes because two of the Hurricanes’ top swimmers were sick for Liberty’s meet against Easton on Dec. 21.

Halfway through the meet, the score was tied at 31, but without Robert Negron and Jake Evert, things had the potential to get tough, and they did. The Red Rovers ultimately defeated the Hurricanes, 97-88.

“It impacts us every time we don’t have swimmers, like today,” said Liberty senior Chris Chambers. “It’s points we could have had that we don’t, but that just means everyone else has to make up for it, which I think we’re starting to get accustomed to. It’s always part of being part of a team.”

Easton opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, but Chambers placed first in the 200 free in 1:56.47, and Trevor Lenig came in first in the 200 IM in 2:19.37, both for Liberty.

“We have a lot of potential on the team, a lot of talent, just kind of lack some motivation. It’s kind of wearing on us,” Chambers said. “It’s almost Christmas, we’re not focused ... so that’s my job as a captain, to keep them focused, and I don’t know how I’m doing because right now, we’re tied. So I have to go out there now and say we’re tied, and see how proportional their effort is to their output in the pool.”

In the remaining individual events, the Hurricanes had second, third, or fourth place finishes, but the combination of points scored was not enough to defeat the Red Rovers.

In the final two relays, however, Omar Mohamed, Lenig, Sam Capwell, and Chambers teamed up to win the 200 free relay in 1:38.09, and Mohamed, Chambers, Jase Smith, and Yousef Ismail won the 400 free relay in 3:32.62 to end the meet.