Weekly Feature



2013-10-09 / Sports

Thunder wins first ever Ken-Ton combined meet

Girls Swimming


Kenmore East freshman Alexis Sandekian races in the 100-yard butterfly during the first ever double dual format meet against Kenmore West and Mount St. Mary at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center. She finished with a time of 1:22.63. Kenmore East freshman Alexis Sandekian races in the 100-yard butterfly during the first ever double dual format meet against Kenmore West and Mount St. Mary at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center. She finished with a time of 1:22.63. When the girls varsity swim teams of Kenmore East, Kenmore West and Mount St. Mary all jumped in the pool this past Friday at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center, they did so by making history. For the first time ever, all three teams competed against one another in a combined double dual meet.

Mount St. Mary proved to be the best team as they defeated Kenmore East79-15,andKenmoreWest 50-44. In the other head-to-head matchup, Ken West was victorious against rival East, 74-20.

“It was really cool to see the girls get so excited about the competition,” said Ken East head coach Nathan Bourke. “Most of these girls have all grown up together here in the town, but many of them went their separate ways when it came time to high school.”


Mount St. Mary's senior Sarah Brill swims in the 200-yard freestyle at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center during the first ever double dual meet against both Kenmore schools. She finished with a time of 2:14.82. 
Photos by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Mount St. Mary's senior Sarah Brill swims in the 200-yard freestyle at the Tonawanda Aquatic Center during the first ever double dual meet against both Kenmore schools. She finished with a time of 2:14.82. Photos by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Many of the swimmers compete together as members of the Titans Swim Club and the Aquettes Synchronized Swim Clubs. “It was an event that they had been gearing up for all season,” said Bourke.

Mount St. Mary finished the night with three different state-cut times, including the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 1:52.21, with seniors Natalie Brophy and Molly Meka and twin sophomores Alexis Fredricks and Grace Fredricks.

Alexis also posted state-cut times in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:10.99 and the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 59.15.

The Thunder also had an impressive individual performance by Meka who won the 50-yard freestyle in 25.18, and the 100-yard freestyle in 54.96.


BRANDON KILIJANSKI 
SportsReporter BRANDON KILIJANSKI SportsReporter Kenmore West was able to make it a very competitive contest against the Thunder with victories in the 200-yard freestyle and 500-yard freestyle events, with Julie Sagasta winning both by a wide margin. The Blue Devils also won the 400-yard freestyle relay in 3:58.40, more than 10 seconds faster than the Thunder who finished in second place. Sagasta led the way in the race followed by Sommer Stevens, Brianna Garcia and Jenna Rice.

In addition, Rice was able to beat out Brophy in the 100-yard backstroke event, with a time of 1:02 flat, and Anita Alvarez topped Grace Fredricks in the 100-yard backstroke.

Even though Kenmore East was winless in the dual meets, the Bulldogs were able to post 37 personal best times throughout the night. “Their new personal accomplishments and sectional cut times mean a lot for our very young team,” said Bourke. Seventy-five percent of the Bulldogs roster are in grades eight through 10.


Kenmore West's Katherine Sullivan competes in the 200-yard Individual Medley at the first ever combined double dual meet against Ken East and Mount St. Mary. She finished with a time of 2:34.32. 
Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenmore West's Katherine Sullivan competes in the 200-yard Individual Medley at the first ever combined double dual meet against Ken East and Mount St. Mary. She finished with a time of 2:34.32. Photo by Patrick McPartlandPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Two of the best individual performances for the Bulldogs including a fourth-place finish by freshman Emily Kahler with a time of 28 seconds flat, and sophomore Haley Brucato finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:14.64.

“Expect to see many new team accomplishments and come-backs from the Bulldogs throughout the rest of the season,” said Bourke.

Ken-Ton Athletic Director, Brett Banker, said the event was the “brain child of the coaching staffs,” and that he supported what the coaches were trying to achieve.

“We have an East-West doubleheader now in almost every sport,” added Banker. “It’s a community event, and it was no different for the swim meet. And it was very nice to add in the third team as well.”

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