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Titusville jumps to 2-0 as date with Franklin looms
Titusville’s boys and girls welcomed Hickory to the Titusville High School natatorium on Thursday night, and the Brown and Gold jumped to 2-0 with a win over the Hornets.
The boys made light work of their opponent in a 116-45 win, while the girls had a tight meet in their 89-80 win.
Both the boys and girls teams had district qualifiers in the performance.
For the lady Rockets, Megan Bowser, Ava Young and Katie Neely punched their tickets to the district meet.
Bowser qualified in the 50-meter freestyle; Young qualified in two events, the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke; and Neely qualified in the 100-meter backstroke.
“Hickory is a much improved team this year, and they came prepared to swim,” said Titusville girls head coach Judy Lesko. “It was a very exciting meet. Our girls really came together as a team and fought for every possible point. Our depth proved to be too much for Hickory.”
For the boys, Devon Pettit, Austin Deeter and Jay Bleday were also district qualifiers.
Pettit made it in the 500-meter freestyle; Deeter qualified in the 50-meter freestyle; and Bleday qualified in the 100-meter freestyle.
Boys head coach Kevin Dawson liked what he saw from his team, as a whole, on Thursday.
“Most of the attention of [Thursday’s] meet went to the girls, but there were some pretty impressive swims on the boys’ side,” said Dawson. “The first week of competition is always interesting, because the new swimmers are very anxious, and the veteran swimmers are chomping at the bit to compete.”
One of those anxious young swimmers was Syl Baker, who swam the 200-meter freestyle goggle-less.
“[Thursday], I saw a gutsy performance from a swimmer who is new to the sport,” said Dawson. “Syl Baker was able to complete the 200 free with his goggles around his chin after they fell off on the start. Not an easy task for a freshman swimmer.”
Now, the attention of both sides turns to the Franklin Knights, a team as chock full of talent as the Rockets.
The meet is sure to be an exciting one.
“The boys had the luxury of two low pressure meets to start out with, but Monday is going to be a different story,” said Dawson. “We will be taking on the Franklin Knights, who have the state champion in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle on their side. They are always fun to swim, and we look forward to the competition.”
Monday’s meet will begin, in Franklin, at 6 p.m.