Valley Sports Report
TOWANDA - Athens didn't have quite enough left in the tank to win its third meet in as many days here Thursday afternoon, dropping decisions to Jersey Shore in non-league swimming action.
The boys dropped a 72-27 decision to the Bulldogs, while the Lady Wildcats lost 65-47.
"We knew Jersey Shore had some fast swimmers and believed we had a chance to pull an upset, but the third day of a three-meet week proved to be too taxing and some of our guys ran out of gas," said Athens coach Mark Keister.
"Our girls did a nice job winning several head-to-head events, but the scoring format favors winning relays and Jersey Shore had some great relays to finish off the day," he added.
Jersey Shore 65, Athens 47
Freshman Brooke Kopatz was a double-winner, and junior Lauren Neville had a win and a pair of second-place finishes to lead Athens' efforts in a 65-47 loss o Jersey Shore.
Kopatz teamed with Neville, and juniors Sierra Ardrey and Christina Bard to win the 200-yard medley relay in a time of 2:12.32.
Kopatz won the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:16.67, and freshman Raven McCarthy-Gardner was second in 1:24.19. Kopatz also finished third in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:24.44
Sophomore Alyson Rockwell won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:03.92, and sophomore Madison Derrig was fourth in 1:09.24. Rockwell also finished third in the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 29.33, and senior Hayleigh Macik was fourth in 30.57 seconds.
Freshman Taylor Walker won the 1-meter diving competition with 152.1 points.
Neville finished second in the 200-yard freestyle in a tim of 2:24.07. Neville also finished second in the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:13.6, and McCarthy-Gardner was third in 1:23.96.
Bard finished third in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:57.8, and senior Alyssa Lindane was fourth in 3:13.08.
Ardrey finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:16.88
Jersey Shore 72, Athens 27
Senior Trent Neville recorded Athens' only first-place finish Thursday in a 72-27 loss to Jersey Shore.
Neville won the 100-yard butterfly in a time of 1:04.1, and sophomore Mason Henderson was second in 1:07.89. Neville also finished third in the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 2:18.52.
Freshman Reuven Gifeisman finished second in the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 1:01.43, and sophomore Joe Toscano was third in 1:03.62. Gifeisman was also third in the 50-yard freestyle in 28.55 seconds.
Freshman Kyle Anthony finished second in the 1-meter diving competition with 185.4 points, and sophomore Zac Gowin finished second in the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 6:06.58.
Freshman Kaden Gorsline was third in the 200-yard IM in a time of 2:45.54, while Toscano finished third in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 1:16.91, and Henderson finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke in a time of 1:21.55.
Athens returns to action this weekend at the Williamsport Invite.
IN PHOTO: Athens freshman Brooke Kopatz.
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