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JF-Brookville clash again in the pool

By Mike Forster

They just can't seem to get enough of each other.

For the second time in less than a week, the Jefferson Forest and Brookville swim teams squared off.

For the second time in less than a week, the results were nearly identical.

For now, the Cavs own the Bees, while the Lady Cavs are a bit slower than their Brookville foes.

In swimming action that was hosted by the Bedford Area YMCA, the Cavs, Bees and Staunton River mixed it up for a night.

The Jefferson Forest lads prevailed, as did the Queen Bees.  The Cav lads put up 50 points, followed by Brookville's 28 and Staunton River's 16.

On the ladies side, the Bees posted 51 points, nosing out the 43 points earned by JF.  River was blanked.

Once again, the Cavs were led by double winner Caleb Williams.  The swift senior dominated the 200 yard freestyle (1:48) and the 100 yard backstroke (55 seconds).

Williams also swam the lead leg on the winning 200 yard medley relay and the anchor portion of the first-place 400 yard freestyle relay.

On the medley team, Williams was joined by Blake Nowakowski, Tyler Pociluyko and Stuart Blakely.  That quartet's time of 1:45 was nearly five seconds better than that of runner-up Brookville.

On the 400 free team, it was Nowakowski, Williams, Taylor Morris and Russell Evans who turned in a time of 3:38, which was 24 seconds better than JF's B-crew of Michael Murray, David Bohn, Connor Edelman and Pociluyko, which nabbed second place.

Nowakowski, by the way,  was also a double winner.  He blazed home in 2:07, to take top honors in the 200 yard IM.

Then, he edged Bohn in the 100 yard breaststroke, with a time of 1:09, three-plus seconds better than his teammate.

Blakely did his part, swimming the 500 yard freestyle event in 5:22, topping Staunton River's Bradley Dearing, who took runner-up honors at 6:28.

In what may have been the most exciting finish of all, Dearing edged Brookville's Walter Rodemann by 0.03 seconds.  

Staunton River was paced by double winner Jordan Dehli, freestyle swimmer extraordinaire.  Dehli took the 50 yarder in 23.02 seconds and the 100 yard version in 52.19.

Speaking of double winners, JF's Sarah Fredericksen worked for a pair of victories for her squad.  The senior captain made it look easy as she nabbed a time of 2:03 in the 200 yard free, 17 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

Then, in the 500, she made it look boring.  Her time of 5:22 was nearly a full minute better than the next closest racer.  Her effort was marked by consistency.  Nearly every leg was the same 32 seconds, plus or minus a few fractions.

The only other Lady Cav to taste individual glory was Ainsley Reed, who was top cat in the 100 yard backstroke.  Her time of 1:07 was three seconds better than runner-up Taylor Musgrove, of Brookville.

The JF ladies also earned a victory in one of the relay events.  In the 400 yard freestyle, the Lady Cavs took top honors with a time of 4:15.  That squad consisted of Hannah Owen, Megan Enneking and the Breslow twins, Veronica and Valerie.

That quartet is youngish, so look for big things from it as the year progresses.

The Lady Cavs may well have pulled off the win, had it not been for superior performances by Brookville in the other two relay events.

In the 200 yard free relay, the Bees' squad of Musgrove, Amber Wingfield, Ashley Mauzy and Camden Canfield shaved 12 seconds off its seeding time.  Meanwhile, the JF crew of Reed, Owen, Fredericksen and Lauren Romanzak came in almost exactly as seeded:  2:03.64.  The result?  Brookville won by over four seconds.

In the 200 free relay, Mauzy, Malory Harding, Wingfield and Musgrove shaved 14 seconds from their seed time to beat the crew of Romanzak, Fredericksen, Enneking and Reed by six seconds.

The Staunton River girls came closest to scoring with Michaela Hiett's fourth place in the 100 yard breaststroke.