DuBOIS — The DuBois swimming and diving team honored its seniors Monday night, but rival Clearfield spoiled the celebration with a sweep of the host team.
The Lady Bison won eight of 12 events, but DuBois used its depth to stay in the meet before falling by the slimmest of margins, 95-88. The Lady Bison beat DuBois by 20 points earlier in the season.
On the boys’ side, Clearfield won all 12 events to come away with a lopsided 134-51 victory to complete the sweep on the night.
A pair of seniors — Gabi Wayne and Kiersten Pearce — played a part in all four Lady Beaver wins on the night.
Wayne won both the 50 (25.69) and 100 (55.32) freestyles and also swam the anchor leg of the lady Beavers’ 200 and 400 freestyle relay squads that finished second.
Pearce posted an individual win in the 100 backstroke (1:04.41) and swam the opening leg on DuBois’ winning 200 medley relay. She teamed up with Lauren Usaitis, Alayna Cornelius and Trulee Stainbrook to touch the wall first in 2:01.12.
Pearce added a second-place finish in the 200 IM and was a member of the runner-up 400 relay squad along with Wayne, Cornelius and Julie Marchioni.
Marchioni collected three more seconds in the 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly and 200 free relay, while Usaitis was second in the 100 breaststroke and 200 free relay and third in the 100 freestyle.
Elle McMahon touched the wall second in the 500 free and was the final member of the runner-up 200 freestyle relay team.
Senior Katelynn Fields added a third-place finish in the 1-meter diving event, while Cornelius (200 IM, 100 butterfly), Allyson Andrulonis (500 free) and Cassie Carnesali (100 breaststroke) also brought home third places.
“It was Senior Night, and it was great to honor all our seniors,” said DuBois coach Mike Gressler. “Kiersten (Pearce) and Gabi (Wayne) have been the core of the team the last four years. They made instant impacts when the first came in and continue to do that today. It’s also been great to have Katie (Fields) back on the team and working hard on the board.
“It was a great (girls) meet. They beat us by 20 points over there, and tonight it was only seven. And, really it was four because we had two divers who couldn’t do the required dive tonight, so that’s three points we left out there. At that point, it’s only a matter flipping a second for a first.
“All the kids continue to work hard though. Trulee Stainbrook had a fantastic meet, particularly in the 50 free, while Cassie Carnesali had big swims in the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke. Elle McMahon also swam really good 500 free. That race can be intimidating for some people, but she really went after it tonight.”
As for the boys, DuBois was led by the senior duo of Drew Canter and Garrett Fleming, who combined for three second-place finishes.
Canter was the runner-up in both the 200 and 500 freestyles and was also part of the Beavers’ 200 and 400 relay squads that finished third and second, respectively.
Fleming touched the wall second in the 100 breaststroke and was on the third-place 200 medley relay.
Ian Meterko added a second in the 100 backstroke and a third in the 200 IM for DuBois, while Tino Deemer was third in both the 50 and 100 freestyles.
“Drew (Canter) has been really good for us and had accepted being ‘the guy’ for us and has done what needs to be in practice (to succeed). Garrett (Fleming) started swimming as a sophomore with no experience and is now the top breaststroker we have on the team and continues to improve.
“Tino Deemer had strong swims in the 50 and 100 free tonight and has been working really hard. Ian Meterko continues to progress, as does Josh Singler, while Kaleb Stevens has dropped 13 seconds in the 500 free in the past week. Once he (Stevens) has success, the success just seems to keep coming.”
DuBois is back in action Monday at Brookville before wrapping up the regular season next Thursday (Feb. 16) at home against St. Marys.