Swim Team Opens Season with Double Win

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The Tyrone boys and girls swim teams defeated Bellefonte on Friday December 6th. The girls crushed with a 102-68 score, while the boys dominated 115-37. With this first win, both teams records start as a winning 1-0.

“Congratulations to the team on doing so well at this point in the season. We’re right where we need to be to do very well at Districts,” said senior swimmer Jacob Decker.

Click the link below to view the official heat sheet from the meet:

Tyrone vs Bellefonte

Girls: Tyrone- 102, Bellefonte- 68

[Something good was] that everyone cheered for everyone. There was always someone at the end of each lane cheering each other on.”

— Cate Baran

The girls took first in two out of three relays, winning the 200 medley relay and the 400 free relay.

The only double winner from the girls team was junior Mae Decker, placing first in the 500 free  (6:01.31) and 100 back (1:09.39).

In the 50 free event, three juniors from all three schools that make up the Tyrone team swept, stealing first, second, and third place. Cate Baran had a time of 28.99. Bishop Guilfoyle’s Sarah Manna worked for a 29.34 time. Bellwood’s Jamyson Focht’s time was 30.23.

“Both teams swam very good for our first meet of the season. There are spots to improve, but I’m very impressed with both the boys and girls performances. We have a really talented team,” said Focht.

Junior Fiona McConnell won the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:16.89. She also placed third in the 200 IM with a 2:40.81 time.  

Freshman Victoria Reese placed first in the 100 free (1:02.38) and third place in the 200 free (2:22.57).

Sophomore Maddie Coleman worked for two second places in the 200 free (2:09.43) and 100 fly (1:10.53).

Baran also earned a second place in the 100 backstroke. She finished with a time of 1:13.86.

“[Something good was] that everyone cheered for everyone. There was always someone at the end of each lane cheering each other on. [Winning our first meet] will help boost the confidence of the team going into the rest of the season,” said Baran.

Sophomore Sarah E. Hoover placed second in the 200 IM, earning a 2:36.29 time. With a time of 1:18.14, she also won third place in the 100 breast.

Junior Callie Maceno was third in the 500 free with a 7:43.42.

Boys: Tyrone- 115, Bellefonte- 37

The Tyrone boys won first place in two of the three relays event, the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay.

There were two double winners from the boys team:

[Winning the first meet is] a great advantage for us. That’s a huge morale boost and a great indicator for the rest of the season.”

— Jacob Decker

J. Decker won the 200 free (2:03.19) and 100 back (1:01.67).

“[Winning the first meet is] a great advantage for us. That’s a huge morale boost and a great indicator for the rest of the season. Considering that was the first meet for the season, we did amazingly well,” said J. Decker.

Bishop Guilfoyle foreign exchange student Songmian Wang placed first in both the 200 IM (2:09.65) and 100 fly (58.80).

In the 100 breaststroke, Tyrone swept the event with Matt Lenze taking first (1:11.01), BG Danish foreign exchange student Yelda Skov in second (1:13.53), and Colin Yaudes in third place (1:16.74).

Parker Bayard stole first place in the 50 free, finishing with a 24.86. He also earned a second place in the 100 backstroke with a 1:06.21.

Skov also won the 500 free event. His time was 5:47.97.

Bishop Guilfoyle junior Lenze took second place in the 200 free with a time of 2:14.07.

Yaudes also worked for a second place in the 200 IM with a final time of 2:33.90.

With a time of 1:02.10, Bellwood’s Hunter Gregg placed second in the 100 free.

Senior Carter Maceno finished second in the 100 fly with a time of 1:12.76. He also placed third with a 6:48.16 in the 500 free.

“The land training is really paying off. This meet was a great start to the season. A strong season is ahead of us,” said sophomore Aden McCracken.

McCracken was third in the 100 free with a 1:07.49 time.

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