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Monday, July 13, 2020
Press photo courtesy of Stephanie SmithThe Freedom swimming seniors, Grace Christiansen, Sage Hillier, Elena Hume, Hallie Smith, Sydney Straka and Fallon Tatlow, were honored during a meet against Stroudsburg. Press photo courtesy of Stephanie SmithThe Freedom swimming seniors, Grace Christiansen, Sage Hillier, Elena Hume, Hallie Smith, Sydney Straka and Fallon Tatlow, were honored during a meet against Stroudsburg.

Pates honor seniors, but fall to Mounties

Thursday, February 13, 2020 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Last Thursday night was an all-girls senior night for Freedom’s swim team when Grace Christiansen, Sage Hillier, Elena Hume, Hallie Smith, Sydney Straka, and Fallon Tatlow were honored by teammates, coaches, family, and friends prior to the Patriots’ swim meet with Stroudsburg at Freedom.

“There are moments when I feel like a senior and I’m almost out, but then there are times where I feel like I still have so much to learn,” said Smith. “My best was probably the 400 free relay at the end. I felt good going out.”

Although both Patriot teams lost to the Mountaineers, 108-75 for the girls and 109-54 for the boys, Freedom’s swimmers are still competing for district qualifying times and personal records.

Christiansen, for example, dropped two seconds in the 500 free.

“It’s usually a very overwhelming event but you just focus on what you’re doing and finish it to the best of your ability,” she said. “You have to continue to push yourself at the same pace. Can’t go too fast. Can’t go too slow.”

Patriot winners in individual events were Deborah Belen in the 200 free in 2:22.50, Luke McClure in the 50 free in 24.22 and in the 100 butterfly in 58.26.

“That was my best time [in the fly]. It was close with Danny [Connell]. He finished a second behind me,” McClure said. “I think we’re managing pretty well. We have a good relay. Right now we’re still trying to figure out the order for districts but I think we’ll be tough.”

Sarah Gill won in diving with a score of 215.15, Andrew Ehret took first place in the 500 free in 5:09.22, Abby Burnette was first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.75, and Connell also won the breaststroke in 1:10.03.

This Thursday, Freedom will host Liberty at 4 p.m. for the final swim meet of the regular season.