Tyrone Swimmers Work Hard but Lose Big to Clearfield

The Tyrone boys and girls swimmers put up a good fight on Tuesday night at home against Clearfield. However, both teams fell short to a talented and deep Clearfield squad. The boys lost 39-120, with the girls losing with a score of 50-119.

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Tyrone Swimming Home vs. Clearfield 12-15-15

Clearfield is a high caliber team. They are a team that Tyrone should strive to be, and I believe we will have that ability in a few years.”

— Assistant Coach Justin Brown

Girls: Tyrone- 50, Clearfield- 119

Unfortunately, there were no first places in individual events for the Tyrone girls, but senior Emily Beam had two 2nd places, one in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly.

“I need to work on keeping my stroke count constant and flip turns for my butterfly,” said Beam about her improvements she wants to accomplish this season.

Allison Hosko and Maddie Branstetter both dropped time in the 100 backstroke. Hosko by three seconds and Branstetter with five seconds. Abby Luensmann, a Bellwood junior, dropped .44 seconds in her 50 free, which is impressive for a 50.

“We worked hard,” said Hosko, ”but Clearfield is a hard team. You really just want to get your personal best against teams like Clearfield.”

In the 400 freestyle relay, Tyrone swept, claiming first, second and third because Clearfield relays disqualified due to false start.

“The girls swam well,” said Coach Tom Getz. “They swam different strokes and that was good to see them doing well there.”

Boys: Tyrone- 39, Clearfield- 120

Again, no Tyrone swimmer got 1st or 2nd in any one individual event. Blake Slobodnik, sophomore Bishop Guilfoyle swimmer, scored two 3rds for the team in the 200 free and the 500 free.

Ben McConnell, a senior BG swimmer, stole another two 3rds for the team. He placed in the 50 free and 100 breaststroke.

Austin Quinn also earned a 3rd for the boys in the 100 free.

“The boys had good races,” said Getz about the boys team. “Ben had a good breaststroke. They did good against the competition.”

We can improve by attending practice more. We should push ourselves and work harder. We didn’t do so well, but it shows we need to improve.”

— Chase Maceno

Both Slobodnik and sophomore Matthew Beam dropped time in the 500 free. Slobodnik improved his best time by five seconds and Beam improved by two seconds.

Sophomore swimmer Bryce Bauer had a finishing time of 1:21.64 in the 100 free, dropped four seconds from the previous meet.

The Tyrone boys got 1st in the 400 free relay due to Clearfield disqualifying again.

The team hopes to work hard for the swim meet at home on Friday with Ligonier. All the swimmers and coaches agree that they must disqualify less, improve times and have better flipturns.

“My hope for the meet this Friday is that we are more competitive against Ligonier than we were against Clearfield,” said Getz.