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Maconaquah swims away with wins over Logansport

NO FLOPS: Maconaquah’s Jaiden Brown won the diving competition in the boys’ meet against Logansport Monday night with a score of 217.45 over teammate Vinny Rooker. The Braves won both meets against a short-handed Berries side, winning the boys’ meet 140-21 and the girls’ meet 138-42.

BY TRENT SCOTT - tscott@perutribune.com

After a near-three week break since its big wins over Rochester, Maconaquah hit the road for its first competitive swim meet of 2019 at Logansport Monday night. 

The layoff showed in terms of times as, while the Braves handled the short-staffed Berries 140-21 in the boys’ meet and 138-42 in the girls’ meet, both teams had performances below the normal levels they had set in the first half of the season. 

Both Maconaquah head coaches, boys’ head coach Brad McManus and girls’ head coach Janet McManus, were a bit surprised by the performances they saw at Logansport. 

“It was a pretty typical Monday meet,” Brad McManus said. “The kids were tired and they didn’t want to swim very fast. 

“We didn’t have a lot of good times. We did tell them we understood there wasn’t much competition but, between now and conference, we need to find some speed.” 

“The girls didn’t swim as well as we expected,” Janet McManus added. “The girls swam hard at practice and we’re hoping maybe Thursday they’ll swim better. 

“There was a lot of cruising into walls, which was surprising to me. We need to pick it up.” 

Logansport’s Nick LeDonne kept the meet from being a clean sweep, winning both the 200 and 500 free races. 

Otherwise, the Berries’ lack of depth meant seven boys’ races were only contested by Maconaquah swimmers. 

Dawson Thompson, Nolan Tubb and Hunter Hays each won a pair of individual events with Thompson winning the 100 back and 200 IM, Tubb the 50 free and 100 free and Hays the 100 fly and 100 breaststroke. Jaiden Brown won the diving competition to complete the individual winners. 

Thompson, Hays and Tubb were joined by Richie Leary to win the 200 medley relay while Walker Hays replaced Richie in the winning 400 free relay team. Leary, Walker Hays, Hunter O’Conner and Bryant Teegardin combined to win the 200 free relay.

 O’Conner was one of the few bright spots according to Brad McManus.

 “Hunter O’Conner had best times in the 50 and 100 free races, which were the highlights of the night,” Brad McManus said. “Jeremiah Moore dropped 13 seconds in the 500 free and Matt Wilson might have had a best time in the 100 back, though he hit the wall instead of the touchpad so we’re not sure.” 

The Braves swept first place in the girls’ meet with another trio of two-event winners as Alaina Simmons won the 200 IM and 500 free, Anna Borden won the 50 free and 100 free and Abby Shrock claimed the 100 fly and 100 back. 

Janet Johnston added a win in the 100 breaststroke, Riley Jones won the 200 free and Brooke Borden won out in the diving competition. 

Shrock, Johnston, Simmons and Bailey Hays won the 200 medley relay while Anna Borden replaced Johnston as part of the winning 400 free relay. Johnston, Hays, Anna Borden and Kaylinn Teegardin won the 200 free relay.

Teegardin was among a number of younger swimmers who had decent nights in Janet McManus’ eyes. 

“Madelyn Lorenz dropped two seconds in the 100 breaststroke after we worked on her gliding during the break,” Janet McManus said. “The freshmen surprised me, which was good because we’ve been waiting for them to break out in some way.” 

Maconaquah will be on a more normal schedule by Thursday when the team hosts Pioneer. 

Both coaches were looking for improved results and performances with a little over a week left until the TRC meet. 

“We’ll start seeing some time drops as we get to Thursday,” Janet McManus said. “We need them to get aggressive with their swims 

“They want to play a little bit right now so we need them to get mean again.” 

“Pioneer has a couple more swimmers but not much more,” Brad McManus added. “We had a really good two weeks of practice and Thursday we’re at home. 

“We do swim better at home and seem to do better the later the meet is in the week. Hopefully, we’ll have some more races to compete in.”