Making Waves

December 20, 2013

Making Waves
Titusville sees impressive times in win over Oil City

It was a night of personal bests and improvements for the Titusville Rockets swim teams, as both the boys and girls swam their way to victories over the visiting Oil City Oilers.

The girls won their match, 98-71, while the boys made light work of their opponent, downing the Oilers, 111-50.

Two of the lady Rockets’ biggest swims came from Samantha Feely and Bailey Neely, who both recorded 8-second time drops in the 400-meter freestyle.

Feely, who won the event, came in with a time of 5:33.57, while Neely, who took third, came in at 6:10.83.

Brittney O’Brien and Stacy Bloom, who are both new swimmers, had big nights, as well.

They both swam the 50-meter freestyle, and both had significant time drops in the sprint event.

O’Brien dropped 8 seconds off her time, while Bloom shaved away 2 seconds.

Another stellar performance was turned in by Miranda Whalen, who contributed to a relay, as well as her own individual races.

In the 200-meter medley relay, she swam her best time as the second leg, and in the 100-meter breaststroke, she erased 9 seconds off her previous best time.

The 100-meter freestyle event saw good times from the lady Rockets’ swimmers.

Hannah Wright dropped 2 seconds off her time, and Brooke Kinney, who took second place in the race, also dropped 2 seconds.

Bailey Seib also improved her 100-meter freestyle time.

“[Thursday], we were able to change things up a bit,” said Titusville girls head coach Judy Lesko. “Some of the newer swimmers got a chance to swim, and the veteran swimmers got a chance to swim some off events. We are now heading into our Christmas practices, which are the heart and soul of our season.”

For the boys, there were improvements all over the pool.

In the 200-meter freestyle, Matthew Leach, who took first in the event, had his best time of the season, at 2:42.97.

Syl Baker, who took second, recorded an 8-second time drop off his previous best.

In the 200-meter individual medley, first-place finisher Seth Mehlenbacher finished in a season-best 2:54.74, and second-place finisher John Crispen had a season best, as well.

Zach Edwards and Adam Roseman each had personal bests in the 50-meter freestyle.

Edwards took second, with a time of 29.97 seconds.

The 100-meter butterfly was won by Titusville’s Devon Pettit, who swam a season best 1:04.36.

Steven Hollabaugh, who took second, swam a season best, as well, with a time of 1:28.76.

The 500-meter freestyle was won by Jay Bleday, who qualified for districts, with a time of 5:01.06.

Mac Coat, who took second, and Eric Maginnis both had season bests in the event.

Pettit continued his strong night with a district qualifying performance in the 100-meter backstroke.

He won the event in a time of 1:10.28.

Austin Deeter had a season best time in the event, finishing second in 1:13.80.

In the 100-meter breaststroke, Logan Sines turned in a season best, with a time of 1:28.64.

“[Thursday’s] meet gave us an opportunity to swim the more experienced swimmers in events they wouldn’t normally do and give the new swimmers more races than they typically get,” said Titusville boys head coach Kevin Dawson. “I was very pleased with the performance of both the experienced and the inexperienced swimmers tonight. We have been working hard in practice and to come in [Thursday] and post the times that we did says a lot for the effort that was put forth.

“I think we are all looking forward to Christmas break so we can have a little break from the busy schedule of school, practice and meets. It will give us an opportunity to train hard and spend time working on technique issues that need to be improved.”

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