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Manchester Girls 2nd At TRC Swim Meet

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The Manchester girls swim team finished second at the TRC meet Saturday.

Manchester won 6 of the 12 events at the TRC championships en route to a second place overall finish.

Josie Briner and Rachel Garcia each led the way by placing first in two indiviaual events and taking part in two winning relays for the Squires. Garcia, Hannah Eberly, Briner, and Noelle Walt opened the meet by winning the 200 medley relay. The team overcame a slip on the backstroke start to win by 3 seconds. In the 200 freestyle, Elena Lawrence reached the podium with a sixth place finish and Evan Fox knocked 4 seconds off of her lifetime best to finish seventh. Briner easily won the 200 IM, finishing over 15 seconds ahead of the second place swimmer. Garcia sped past the field in the 50 freestyle to capture the top spot, with Eberly swimming a lifetime best to join her on the podium in fourth.

In the 100 butterfly, Briner captured her fourth straight title in the event, winning by over 10 seconds. Miriam Struble-Hedstrom swam strong to finish sixth. Garcia captured her second individual title in the 100 freestyle, winning by two body-lengths. After a sixth place finish by Evyn Fox in 500 freestyle, the Squire 200 freestyle relay team of Eberly, Garcia, Walt, and Briner took first. Briner erased a .5 second Maconaquah lead on the final leg to win. In the 100 backstroke, Elena Lawrence charged hard in the final 25 yards to overtake three swimmers to capture second place with a lifetime best time. Hannah Eberly took a second off her lifetime best in the 100 breaststroke to finish in third.

Manchester wrapped up a great meet with the relay team of Sophie Anglin, Evyn Fox, Gracie Dale, and Elena Lawrence taking third. Fort Wayne Canterbury will come to town on Wednesday to wrap up the dual meet portion of the season for Manchester.

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Liam York and Cale Bennett each finished with a pair of podium finishes helping the Squires to a fifth place finish at the TRC championships. York, who has been battling sickness all week, finished fourth in the 50 freestyle in a season best 23.62. He followed that up with a third place finish in the 100 backstroke. Bennett took sixth in the 100 butterfly and 5th in the 500 freestyle, posting lifetime bests in each. Kenneth Martin finished 15th in the 50 freestyle.

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