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Freedom swimmers split with Whitehall

Thursday, January 10, 2019 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s swim team split its meet with Whitehall last Thursday when the Patriot boys defeated the Zephyrs, 104-64, and the Patriot girls lost to the Zephyrs, 94-86.

The Patriot girls got off to a stong start, out touching the Zephyrs in the 200 medley relay, 2:07.67-2:08.09 with a combination of Sage Hillier, Aliah Corrado, Hallie Smith, and Sydney Straka.

The Patriot boys got off to the same start with a 1:49.08 victory in the medley relay, beating the Zephs by 10 seconds with Andrew Ehret leading off, followed by Sahil Shah, Al Bell, and Danny Connell.

In individual events, Abby Burnette took first place in the 200 free in 2:13.42, and Connell won the same event in 2:00.29.

Ehret was first in the 200 IM in 2:11.27.

Corrado won the 50 free in 27.65, and Straka came in second in 28.15.

The Patriot boys scored for the top three finishes in the 50 free with Bell coming in first in 21.85, followed by Dominic Fresoli in 25.78 and Jack Rosen in 26.47.

In the diving event, Sarah Gill placed first with 211.15 points, and Cailin Connelly placed second with 150.40 points.

Burnette won the 100 butterfly in 1:06.15, and Bell won the same event in 51.86.

Freedom lost points in the 100 free where Whitehall took the top two places for both boys’ and girls’ teams.

In the 500 free, Emily Justice came in second in 6:32.11, and Connell won for the boys in 5:23.76.

In the 200 free relay, the outcome was reversed from the medley relay when the Whitehall girls out touched the Freedom girls, 1:57.85-1:58.09, and the Whitehall boys beat Freedom’s boys, 1:43.05-1:45.33.

The Patriot boys scored another one-two-three finish in the 100 backstroke with Ehret leading the way in 59.87, followed by Fresoli in 1:06.15 and Rosen in 1:08.96.

Corrado took first place in a close 100 breaststroke race with Whitehall’s Rachel Alulis and Freedom’s Smith, whose times were 1:19.24, 1:20.99, and 1:21.75, respectively.

While Whitehall’s Daniel Jablonski won the 100 breaststroke, Shah, Eric Mann, and Nick Singh scored Patriot points with second, third, and fourth place finishes.

In the final event of the night, the Zephyr girls were able to clinch the team victory with first and second place finishes in the 400 free relay, while the Patriot boys sealed their team victory with Bell, Connell, Fresoli, and Ehret winning the 400 free relay in 3:36.09.