HYDE — The area’s three swimming teams — DuBois, St. Marys and Brookville — competed at Clearfield’s annual Arctic Swim Classic Saturday, with the area squads coming away with five titles between the boys and girls events.
DuBois captured two crowns, as Drew Canter won the boys 100 backstroke in 57.88 and Lauren Usaitis touched the wall first in the girls’ 100 breaststroke (1;12.90).
St. Marys took home three titles, with Dutchman Ben Koss playing a part in two of those victories. Koss won the 100 freestyle (49.48) and teamed up with Nathan McAnany, Kevin Kuhar and Jacob Koss) to take the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:34.85.
The Lady Dutch 200 free relay squad of Kaelynn Kuhar, Lucy Anthony, Hannah Lenze and Mandy Geci also took top honors with a time of 1:47.86.
The DuBois girls finished third in the team standings with 177 points. Clearfield won the girls team crown with 240 points, while Jersey Shore (185) was second.
The Lady Beavers got a pair individual second-place finishes from Gabi Wayne (100 free, 200 free), while Wayne teamed up with Kiersten Pearce, Usaitis and Julie Marchioni to place second behind Clearfield in the 200 medley relay.
Marchioni added a fourth in the 200 free, while the Lady Beaver 200 free and 400 free relay squads each finished third.
On the boys’ side, Canter added a second-place in the 200 IM to go along with his victory in the 100 backstroke. No other Beaver placed in the Top 5 individually.
However, the 200 medley relay squad of Canter, Garrett Fleming, Mason Smith and Gaven Wolfgang was third, as was the 400 freestyle relay of Canter, Tino Deemer, Ian Meterko and Wolfgang.
“We took today (Saturday) to try out some new races and strategies,” saud DuBois coach Mike Gressler. “The work they put in over Christmas break showed. They were able to get 57 lifetime best and 78 season-best swims. That is impressive.
“We’ve been stressing aggressive racing in practice and there were signs of some of that coming though. Today was good, but we’re not there yet.”
As for St. Marys, its boys finished third as a team (137 points) behind Clearfield (399) and Hollidaysburg (143). The host Bison dominated the meet, winning seven of 11 events.
On top of his two wins, Ben Koss added a second in the 50 free, while McAnany was third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 100 butterfly.
The Lady Dutch ended the day sixth in the team race with 115 points.
Outside of the win in the relay, the Lady Dutch got a second-place finishes from Geci in the 50 free and Lenze in the 500 freestyle. Geci also was fourth in the 100 free.
Brookville didn’t have swimmers place in the Top 5. The Raiders scored 45 points as a squad to place10th out of 11 teams, while the Lady Raiders (10 points) were 12th out of 13 teams.
All three area swim teams are back in action Thursday. DuBois hosts Bradford, while Brookville travels to St. Marys.