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Tyrone Swimmers Drop Close Meet to Bearcats

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After eight events, the Tyrone girls and Huntingdon girls were deadlocked at 31, while the Tyrone boys were ahead by four points, setting both teams up for an exciting finish.

Going into the final relay, both teams still had a chance for victory, but unfortunately for the Golden Eagles, the Bearcats pulled through in the end, leaving the Eagles with a double loss.

The girls finished 94-76, and the boys finished 90-78.

“We kept the score close against a tough team,” said junior Bryce Bauer.

Click the link below to see the final heat sheet of the night:

Tyrone vs Huntingdon 1-16-17

Girls: Tyrone- 76, Huntingdon- 94

The Tyrone girls relays of Mae Decker, Anastasia Slobodnik, Cate Baran, and Fiona McConnell rocketed out of the first event, 200 medley, with a first place. Other girls teams secured two seconds and a third in the 200 and 400 free relays.

Decker earned a first in the 500 free with a final time of 6:18.23. She also got second in the 100 back for the team.

Bishop Guilfoyle’s McConnell scored a first place in the 100 breaststroke, earning a time of 1:20.27.

Following McConnell in the breast was sophomore Gwen Dougherty, who took second in the event. She improved by a second in the event from the last meet with a finishing time of 1:25.49. Dougherty also secured a second place in the 200 free.

“We did good. [We] held our own against Huntingdon [We need to] be ready to compete and work together as a team,” said Tyrone freshman Cate Baran.

The team is always really supporting the people that are swimming and that’s my favorite part of the meets.”

— Olivia Reese

Baran placed third in the 200 free, dropping two seconds from the previous meet. She finished with a time of 2:34.43.

Senior Saige McElwain completed the 200 free behind Baran, earning a fourth place for the team.

In the 50 free, A. Slobodnik finished second with a time of 29.81. Baran was right behind her and earned a third place for the team.

A. Slobodnik also worked to a second place in the 200 IM.

“Huntingdon is a really amazing team, but [our] team gave it their all and that’s all that matters. The team is always really supporting the people that are swimming and that’s my favorite part of the meets,” said Tyrone freshman Olivia Reese.

Reese improved by four seconds in the 200 IM with a final time of 3:15.65.

In the 100 free, Bishop Guilfoyle’s Sarah Manna dropped a second from the last meet with a finishing time of 1:10.61.

Boys: Tyrone- 78, Huntingdon- 90

Jacob Decker, Matt Lenze, Blake Slobodnik, and Austin Quinn scored a first place in the 200 medley and a second place in the 400 free relay. Other relay teams earned a second in the 200 free and a third place in the 400 free.

Double winners on the boys team were B. Slobodnik and J. Decker.

B. Slobodnik got first place in both the 200 and 500 free. He also improved in both events, dropping two seconds in the 200 (2:05.09) and seven seconds in the 500 (5:52.06).

J. Decker placed first in the 200 IM and the 100 back. He dropped three seconds in his previous 100 back time with a final time of 1:04.99.

[The boys] lost only by 10 points and we haven’t beaten them in a while. We’re a good team, but Huntingdon’s tough.”

— Nick DelBaggio

“[The boys] lost only by 10 points and we haven’t beaten them in a while. We’re a good team, but Huntingdon’s tough,” said freshman Nick DelBaggio.

DelBaggio worked off 10 seconds in his previous 200 IM time and seven seconds in the 100 breast.

In the 50 free, Lenze place second, followed by Bryce Bauer in third.

Bishop Guilfoyle’s Lenze also worked to second place in the 100 breast, dropping two seconds in the process. Jules Collet trailed behind, finishing third in the event.

French exchange student Collet improved by seven seconds in the 100 butterfly from the last meet and three seconds in the 100 breast.

“Considering we lost, we still did good. It felt good [to be winning at break time]. I knew we had to keep it up,” said junior Matt Beam.

Beam finished in third place in the 200 free, working off three seconds from the previous meet. He also dropped three seconds in the 100 fly.

In the 100 free, Quinn and Bauer had a close race, but Quinn ended in second with a half of a second difference, following by Bauer in third. Bauer improved by two seconds in the event from his previous time.

Sophomore Carter Maceno worked off two seconds in this 500 free time, finishing with a 6:58.20.

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