BY DEWEY FOX, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:38 AM EST, December 19, 2013
In a dual meet at North Harford Middle Wednesday, the Bel Air Bobcat swim team combined to knock off the hard-charging Havre de Grace boys and girls, 180-160.
The boys competition was close, with Bel Air topping Havre de Grace, 88-81, while the Bobcat girls squad beat the Warriors, 92-78.
Bel Air had a trio of swimmers from the boys squad bring home two individual wins apiece. James Cousler kicked things off with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle, then captured the top spot in the 500-yard freestyle. Mike Koscinski took top honors in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke and Ben Barsam earned the Bobcats wins in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly.
Taking the top spot in the girls 50-yard freestyle race for Bel Air was Macey Nitchie.
The Bobcats' Lauren St. Pierre topped the field in the girls 100-yard freestyle, while Tabitha Cousler notched a victory in the girls 200-yard freestyle.
Havre de Grace's Allissa Lyons took a pair of individual wins in the girls 100-yard backstroke and 500-yard freestyle. Brianna Clark also came through with two wins for the Warriors, taking first in the girls 100-yard and the 200-yard medley event.
The Warriors' Alyssa Smith won the girls 100-yard butterfly, beating the nearest competitor by more than seven seconds.
Havre de Grace's Paul Butz knocked off all comers in the boys 50-yard freestyle, while fellow Warrior Robert Bringardner was winner of the boys 200-yard medley race.
The Bobcats won both 200-yard freestyle relay events, with Koscinski, Barsam, James Cousler and Jake Carter taking the boys contest, and Nitchie, St. Pierre, Tabitha Cousler and Ellie Harris winning the girls race.
Nitchie, St. Pierre, Harris and Tabitha Cousler teamed up again later to win the girls 400-yard freestyle relay.
Havre de Grace swept the 200-yard medley relay races, with Bringardner, Alex Caron, Stephen Link and Kevin Vickery taking first in the boys event, while Lyons, Clark, Smith and Carly Hahn won the girls contest.
Butz, Bringardner, Nicholas Pippin and Ryan Burkhardt grabbed first place in the boys 400-yard freestyle relay.
CMW slams Aberdeen, North Harford
Competing in a tri-meet at Edgewood on Wednesday, the powerhouse C. Milton Wright squad notched two victories, defeating North Harford, 137-51, and Aberdeen, 153-32.
North Harford defeated Aberdeen, 122-59.
The CMW boys squad featured four swimmers with two individual wins apiece in Bernie Chang, Colin Hildebeidel, Ryan Pellegrino and Matthew Treusdell. Chang notched victories in the 200-yard medley and 100-yard backstroke; Hildebeidel in the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle races; Pellegrino in the 100-yard butterfly and 50-yard freestyle; and Treusdell in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard freestyle.
CMW's Jillian Carter won the girls 200-yard freestyle, while Lauren Rutherford took top honors in the girls 50-yard freestyle.
Gabby Jordan won the girls 100-yard freestyle for CMW and Megan Cowan followed with a victory in the next girls race, the 500-yard freestyle.
Lauren O'Mara closed out CMW's powerful run on individual victories with a win in the girls 100-yard breaststroke.
North Harford's Hillary Young took a pair of individual victories, winning the girls 200-yard medley and 100-yard backstroke.
Aberdeen's lone victory came from Lauren Drumm, who raced to a top finish in the girls 100-yard butterfly.
Chang, Hildebeidel, Pellegrino and Nate Ehrhardt won the boys 400-yard freestyle, while the girls team of Cowan, Jordan, O'Mara and Maggie Gallagher won the girls 400-yard freestyle relay.
The girls 200-yard freestyle relay was won by the CMW group of Rutherford, Jordan, Cowan and Erika Abshire. Treusdell, Hildebeidel, Griffth Scarborough and James Natoli won the boys 200-yare freestyle relay.
Abshire, O'Mara, Cowan and Rutherford combined to win the girls 200-yard medley relay, while Chang, Pellegrino, Ehrhardt and Treusdell won the boys 200-yard medley relay.