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The Jefferson Forest swim team has a decidedly different look this year: that of a team in rebuilding mode.
Nonetheless, many squads would be envious of the talent that the Cavaliers still have.
To wit, the JF boys dominated arch-rival Brookville last week at the Bedford YMCA. The Forest lads won 107-61, while the Lady Cavs were felled by the Bees 118-52.
The boys were paced by double-winners in individual events. Both Carter Watson and Caleb Williams notched impressive victories.
Watson won the 200 individual medley in 1:59, well ahead of Brookville runner-up Kemp Pettyjohn (2:03).
Watson also won the 100 butterfly in impressive fashion, zipping home in 55.70 seconds, in front of Bee Justin Mauzy’s 1:02.06.
Williams nailed the 100 free in 51.64. He was followed by teammate Chad Nowakowski (53.29).
Williams also won the 100 breast in 1:09, ahead of fellow Cav Michael Plazak’s 1:14.
Kyle Balchik nailed the 50 free in 24.75 seconds, 0.45 ticks ahead of teammate Stuart Blakely.
The Cav team victory wasn’t all about the individual glory, however. Forest swept the slate of relay action.
Williams, Plazak and Balchik teamed up with Daniel Burkett to win the 200 medley relay in 1:57. The Cav B crew took second in that race as Sean Imron, Blakely, Tyler Pociluyko and Hunter Morris came in at 2:01.
In the 200 free relay, Plazak, Nowakowski, Williams and Watson combined for a 1:35, nearly 4 seconds faster than their Bee counterparts.
In the 400 free relay, Watson, Morris, Imron and Nowakowski drove home in 3:35, a full 9 seconds ahead of the Brookville competition.
On the girls’ side, the Lady Cavs couldn’t make it happen in spite of individual wins by Sarah Fredericksen and Emily Black.
Fredericksen, only a freshman, actually took two victories. She won the 200 free by nearly 12 seconds, hitting a time of 2:08.
Fredericksen was even more impressive in the 500 free, where her time of 5:44 was 37 seconds ahead of the nearest competition.
Black showed good strength in the 100 back, winning in 1:04, well ahead of Brookville’s Alissa Williams.
The Brookville boys were led by Jason Brame, who scored wins in the 200 free (1:49) and the 500 free (4:54).
Kemp Pettyjohn (100 back-59:72) also got a win for the Bees.
The Brookville lasses were paced by Amber Wingfield (200 IM-2:15; 100 free-58:28), Morgan Musgrove (50 free-27:18; 100 breast-1:17) and Williams (100 fly-1:07)
Liberty in tri-meet
The waters of Sweet Briar were sweeter to Brookville than they were to Liberty and Amherst.
The Bees swept their Seminole rivals at Amherst’s home pool.
The Liberty ladies, in turn, topped the Lancers 51-42, while the Minettes fell to Amherst 63-33.
Brookville topped the Minettes 77-20 and the Minutemen 62-34.
Liberty did have some bright spots from both old and new faces.
Watts Burks, a state qualifier last season (as a junior) easily cruised to victory in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:08.16, a full ten seconds ahead of the nearest competition.
Travis Beverley, a freshman, topped the field in the individual medley. His time of 2:35 was more than 20 seconds better than the Bees’ second place finisher, Daniel Witcher.
On the girls’ side, Morgan Wood, another freshman, took top honors in the individual medley. Her time of 2:52 was three seconds better than runner-up Brittany Dray, of Brookville.
Some other performances helped to key the gals.
Rachel Smith nabbed a second place in the 100 meter freestyle (1:18.86, .09 seconds ahead of Amherst’s Joni McGinn).
Brittany Bobbitt took third in the 200 free (3:16.86).
Third place finishes were also realized by Liza Mackey (50 free: 32.05 seconds) and by Taylor Watts (100 butterfly: 1:28.44).
Watts also earned third place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:25.56.
Additionally, she teamed with Smith, Mackey and Chrissy Overstreet to take second place in the 200 freestyle relay.
On the boys’ side, Beverley also earned a second in the 100 back (1:10.73) and Burks took second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:18.94, six seconds behind Bee Jason Brame.