The Oswego Lady Bucs hosted Mexico as the Bucs won 96-85.
Coach Josh Lerch said, “Both teams have a good relationship with one another, but they really went after each other in the pool.”
Oswego took an early lead after placing first and third in the 200 yard medley relay.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The team of junior Lindsay Johnson, sophomores Michaela Auer and Mara Parker, and senior Emily Fountain won the event in 2:03.69.
Mexico caught right back up placing first, third, and fourth in the next event, the 200 yard freestyle.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Mexico Junior Allie Scorzelli won the event in a school record time of 2:03.24.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Junior Sarah Miller swam an in-season best time of 2:16.44, and eighth grader Chrissy Abare dropped three seconds from her best time to go 2:15.89 and qualify for SectionalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s for the first time.
The Lady Bucs took control of the meet following the 200 yard freestyle, beginning immediately with a strong showing in the 200 yard individual medley.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sophomore Michaela Auer won the event in a personal best time of 2:27.88, while two other sophomores, Haley Annal (2:35.35) and Meredith Moshier (2:41.25), placed third and fourth respectively with their personal best times.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Junior Iveliz Lopez won the next event, the 50 yard freestyle, in a personal best time of 27.15.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Kaylie Allen also had a best time in the event, coming in at 32.16.
The diving competition was very competitive, with the three divers at this meet scoring ridiculously close together.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Samantha Lucas from Mexico won the event with a score of 161.95, junior Laura OÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢Brien placed second with a score of 161.75, and Heather Boyzuck from Mexico placed third with a score of 161.25.
The first event after diving, the 100 yard butterfly, was very exciting.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â MexicoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Rachael Hains and OswegoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Haley Annal and Emily Fountain battled it out throughout the entire race.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Emily touched third in an inseason best time of 1:09.26, and Haley was just touched out, placing second by less than three tenths of a second (1:07.96).
Senior Katie Metcalf kept OswegoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s momentum going with a victory in the 100 yard freestyle (29.57).Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Notably, freshman Michaela Kearns finished the event in a personal best time of 1:09.26, her first time breaking 1:10.
The 500 yard freestyle right after that was also very exciting.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Girls from both teams fought to stay ahead and although Mexico came out on top, junior Iveliz Lopez (5:53.52) swam a lifetime best, and freshman Kaila McClelland (6:06.93) finished in her best time this season.
Oswego built oh their lead with first and third place finishes in the 200 yard freestyle relay following the 500.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Meredith Moshier led off the third place relay in an impressive personal best time of 29.79, while Sarah Miller hopped in right after Meredith and swam a personal best split time.
Senior Katie Metcalf became a double winner with a time of 1:06.01 in the 100 yard backstroke, but just as impressive were the best times that were put up by freshman Michaela Kearns and Kaylie Allen.
Sophomore Michaela Auer was also crowned a double winner after placing first in the 100 yard breaststroke in a season best time of 1:12.53.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Junior Sarah Miller was also impressive in the event, placing third in a season best Sectional Qualifying time of 1:20.72.
The last close race of the meet came in the 400 yard freestyle relay.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Both teams put up their best and the Lady Bucs proved to be a mere 7 hundredthÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s ahead of Mexico to control the race.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â It came right down to the finish, but the relay team of seniors Katie Metcalf and Mo Donovan, juior Iveliz Lopez, and sophomore Mara Parker out touched MexicoÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s relay.
Lerch said, “IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve found myself getting into the habit of calling each and every meet a good meet because of the great times that my girls put up again and again.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I think that this stems from my belief, and therefore my teamÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s, that any race, win or lose, is a good race when you push yourself to your fastest time.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â That said, I donÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t think that any of our previous meets this season come close to the success that we attained across the board against Mexico tonight.”
Continuing Lerch said, “Our lone eighth grader, Chrissy Abare, made SectionalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s by dropping three seconds off her best time in the 200 yard freestyle!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Sophomore Haley Annal swam a 1:07 in the 100 fly!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â If I had told Haley last October, when her best time was 15 seconds slower, that a year from now her time would drop to a 1:07, she would have thought me crazy.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Haley didnÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t even make SectionalÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s last year, and at this rate she could make Sectional Finals if she keeps dropping time like she has been.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â Junior Iveliz Lopez has been hovering just over six minutes in the 500 yard freestyle for the past year, but managed to drop 8 seconds off her best time to go a 5:53.52 tonight!Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â The list goes on.”
Lerch finished, “IÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢m so proud of this team and all that theyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢ve accomplished so far this year.Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â I canÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢t wait to be a part of their next success.”