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JF swimmers strong, beat Liberty

By Mike Forster

  The beat goes on.

Jefferson Forest displayed early-season prowess as old hands and new faces helped propel the team to victory.  Correction:  Old hands and new faces helped propel the team to a dominating victory.  Of the 22 total events, Jefferson Forest won 21.

The Lady Cavs rang up 152 points, to runner-up Liberty's 53 and Amherst's 46.  On the men's side, the Cavs tallied 128, while Liberty earned 88 and Amherst scored 40.

JF had six double winners.  Of that half dozen, four also helped propel relay teams to gold.

Blake Nowakowski, a big name last year, looks poised to make a splash this season.  The junior swept his way to wins in the 50 free (23.02 seconds) and the 100 breast (1:04).

Ainsley Reed, who was key to the Lady Cav success this year, is well on her way in 2012-13.  She won the closest race of the evening, taking the 100 in a time of 1:02.

Sister Alyssa Reed showed some elan in taking the 200 IM in 2:16.  She then doubled her fun by winning the 100 back, dominating in 1:03.

Earlier, she won the marquee 50 free, edging teammate Lauren Romanzak with a time of 26.23 seconds.

Who's the favorite daughter in the Breslow home?  We're sure the twins are loved equally.  Who's the better swimmer?  On Tuesday night it was Veronica.  She edged her sibling in both the 200 free (2:05 to 2:07) and in the 100 free.  In that latter race, Valerie came in at 57.19 seconds, a mere 0.17 seconds behind Veronica.

A couple of new fellows won't soon be forgotten:  double winners Francisco Gomez and Devin Creger.

Gomez took the 200 IM in 2:10 before taking a narrow win in the 100 free (52.91).

Creger knifed through the 200 free in 1:56, 35 seconds ahead of his closest opponent.  He later showed endurance, taking the 500 free in 4:59.

Gomez, Nowakowski and the Reeds would also shore up winning relay teams:  two, apiece.

Other JF wins came from Casey Wrabley, who earned a win in the ladies 500 free (5:34) and Jake Richardson, victorious in the 100 back, at 1:07.  Lindsay Bohn, who played a big role for the Lady Cavs last year, was first in the 100 breast, at 1:21.  Bohn voyage, Lindsay!

Headlining for Liberty was Matthew Thompson.  The big feller was the only swimmer not bedecked in red and black to take a win.  His victory came in the 100 fly, where his time of 1:00 was a good three seconds faster than JF's Michael Murray, the runner-up.

Minuteman SJ Boone wound up on the short end of two of the meet's closer events.  In the 50 free, he was topped by Nowakowski by 0.67 seconds.  Then, in the 100 free, Gomez edged him by 0.28 seconds.

Brice Beverly also nabbed silver for the M-Men.  His time of 2:11.22 in the 200 individual medley was just a hair over a second behind Gomez.  In the 500 free, he churned home in 5:30, well behind Creger's blazing time.

One of the few Minettes to nab a second place finish was Grace Parker, who lost her swim cap but persevered in the 200 IM.  Lizzie Boone swam well for Liberty last year, but her points didn't count, as she was an eighth-grader.  This year, the freshman picked up a second place in the 100 breast, less than two seconds behind Bohn.