Baxter swims past Tega Cay to claim Metrolina Invitational

mbanks@comporium.netJune 30, 2013 

MAC BANKS - SPECIAL TO THE FORT MILL TIMES

— For the Baxter Barracudas, it was déjà vu all over again.

After seeing the Tega Cay Breakers claim their fifth consecutive Metrolina Swim Championship Saturday morning, the Baxter Barracudas did something that no other team – besides themselves – has been able to do in the previous five seasons and that was beat Tega Cay.

Baxter won the Metrolina Invitational meet Saturday afternoon for the second consecutive year, beating Tega Cay, handing the Breakers just their second loss in five years.

This year’s Invitational meet, at Rock Hill Aquatics Center, wasn’t nearly as close as last year’s as Baxter won 739-542 over Tega Cay, which finished second for the second straight year.

Barracudas head coach Christine Johnson said coming in third in the championship meet earlier Saturday morning really fired her team up for the afternoon meet.

“I don’t have any sweat glands left,” Johnson joked. “We really pumped the kids up before the meet. They all swam great. Our junior coaches were constantly giving them encouragement and tips.”

The Invitational meet was dominated by both Baxter and Tega Cay as they combined to win 53 of the 60 events, including all eight relays, with each team winner four each.

Baxter won 30 individual events and had 22 winners, eight of which won multiple events. Tega Cay won 15 individual events and had 13 different winners, but just two multiple winners in Alexis Bambach and Brighid Biehl.

Winners for Baxter were:

Isabella Robusto – girls’ 7-8 25-yard freestyle and 25-yard backstroke

David McGinnis – boys’ 9-10 25-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley

Leo Van Sickle – boys’ 11-12 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly

Scotty Bowman – boys’ 13-14 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard individual medley

Zachary Bohland – boys’ 15-18 50-yard freestyle and 50-yard butterfly

Gabriel Van Sickle – boys’ 7-8 25-yard backstroke and 25-yard breaststroke

Annika Ford – girls’ 11-12 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard breaststroke

Kyle Brooks – boys’ 15-18 100-yard individual medley and 50-yard breaststroke

Reese Channell – girls’ six and under 25-yard backstroke

Riley Allen – boys’ six and under 25-yard freestyle

Tyler Johnson – boys’ 7-8 25-yard freestyle

Xander Treub – boys’ 9-10 25-yard backstroke

Jakob Bohland – boys’ 11-12 50-yard backstroke

Samantha Bowen – girls’ 13-14 100-yard individual medley

Macie Settle – girls’ 7-8 25-yard breaststroke

Reagan McCabe – girls’ 9-10 25-yard breaststroke

Oliver Aschenbrenner – boys’ 9-10 25-yard breaststroke

Joshua Hall – boys’ 11-12 50-yard breaststroke

Jordan Brown – girls’ 15-18 50-yard breaststroke

Lily Ford – girls’ 7-8 25-yard butterfly

Owen Fey – boys’ 7-8 25-yard butterfly

Alex Roy – boys’ 9-10 25-yard butterfly

Winners for Tega Cay were:

Brighid Biehl – girls’ 11-12 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard butterfly

Alexis Bambach – girls’ 13-14 50-yard backstroke and 50-yard butterfly

Reilly Alvarado – girls’ 9-10 25-yard freestyle

Ava McGrath – girls’ 11-12 50-yard freestyle

Haley Lovsin – girls’ 15-18 50-yard freestyle

Caleb Keene – boys’ six and under 25-yard backstroke

Kole Krenek – boys’ 13-14 50-yard backstroke

Michael Field – boys’ 15-18 50-yard backstroke

Camryn Brown – girls’ 9-10 100-yard individual medley

Ryan Certo – boys’ 11-12 100-yard individual medley

Andrew Vollmer – boys’ 13-14 50-yard breaststroke

Nicole Anderson – girls’ 9-10 25-yard butterfly

Alex Dippre – boys’ 13-14 50-yard butterfly

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