The Manchester swim teams took on Rochester Thursday.
The Squires narrowly fell to Rochester 86-73 on Thursday evening at the Strauss-Peabody Aquatic Center. The Manchester medley relay of Miriam Struble-Hedstrom, Hannah Eberly, Josie Briner, and Gracie Dale started the meet strong with a victory in the 200 Medley Relay with a season best 2:16.91. Briner’s victory in the 200 IM along with a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th result in the 50 freestyle by Eberly, Nele Bichler, and Dale had the Squires hanging on to a narrow lead at the diving break. Briner added to the lead with a victory in the 100 butterfly, but Rochester pulled ahead in the 500 and 100 freestyle races despite Kaesyn Lester’s season best swim in the 500 and a strong 3rd place performance by Sophie Anglin in the 100. Manchester’s 200 freestyle relay team of Briner, Eberly, Bichler, and Evyn Fox narrowed Rochester’s lead by taking first and the team of Struble-Hedstrom, Anglin, Adia Selleck and Lester picked up valuable points finishing third. Season best times in the 100 backstroke by Struble-Hedstrom and Noelle Walt and a 1,2,4 finish in the 100 breaststroke by Eberly, Bichler, and Robin Gibin pulled the Squires within striking distance for the final relay, but Rochester pulled away with a 1-2 sweep. Manchester will travel to Monticello on Saturday to compete in the Twin Lakes Relays.
Despite several season best performances, the shorthanded Squires fell to Rochester 106-33. Jonathan Eberly finished first in the 200 IM and second in the 100 butterfly. Cale Bennett (100 freestyle) and Caleb Smith (100 breaststroke) swam to second place finishes while Raice Martin (50 freestyle, 100 backstroke) picked up a pair of third places. Eberly, Bennett, Martin, and Smith teamed up to take second in the 200 Medley Relay. The Squires will travel to Monticello on Saturday to swim in the Twin Lakes Invitational.