DuBOIS — Thursday’s swim meet was quite the productive night for DuBois at the pool, as both the girls and boys swimming teams continued their aquatic dominance and swept the Bradford Owls 118-58 and 94-66, respectively.
The win kept the Lady Beavers undefeated season intact at 5-0, while the Beavers improved to 4-1.
With a successful outing under their belts, and a swing of momentum on their side, coach Mike Gressler feels that the pieces of DuBois’ further success are falling right into place.
“Our kids went out and did what I thought they were going to do, and some places they went above and beyond,” Gressler said about his team’s effort for the night. “We’ve had a streak of meets now where we haven’t had bad swims. We’ve had some swims that we were real pleased with, some swims that have been O.K., maybe a little disappointed in, but we haven’t had any bad swims.”
On the girls’ side of the pool, the Lady Beavers were led by Kiersten Pearce, Lauren Usaitis, Julie Marchioni, and Gabi Wayne. The quartet kicked off the night with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:58.43), and from there, the night’s events belonged to DuBois.
Wayne and Usaitis led the Lady Beavers with four wins each on the night, while Marchioni and Pearce each recorded three.
Wayne captured individual victories in the 50 freestyle (25.82) and 100 freestyle (55.78), with three other teamamtes also winning individual races as well.
In addition to her 200 relay win, Marchioni took top prize in the 100 butterfly (1:05.36), with Pearce adding another first-place win in the 100 backstroke (1:05.51). She would also help lead her team to a first-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay (1:48.08). That winning squad also featured Pearce, Usaitis and Wayne.
Usaitis also made her mark individually taking first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:13.81) and anchoring the victorious girls 400 freestyle relay (4:14.08) alongside Elle McMahon, Allyson Andrulonis and Trulee Stainbrook.
Finally, Katelyn Fields secured a win in the 1-meter diving event (141.0) to push the Lady Beavers ahead of Bradford, 118-58.
Overall, the DuBois ladies were able to capture nine of the night’s 12 events, an impressive feat and one they will look to continue in the weeks to come.
On the other side of the pool, the boys team found themselves in a far more competitive environment than their female counterparts.
Losing the 200 freestyle and 200 IM to Bradford’s Karl Gangloff (1:52.98) and Jared Schwab (2:09.86) was not the ideal start DuBois was looking for to begin the individual run of events, but a strong second half and a roster full of depth ensured that the Beavers would come away victorious.
Those two individual wins for Bradford came on the heels of DuBois winning the night-opening 200 medley relay, with the quartet of Garrett Fleming, McCoy, Ian Meterko and Andrew Canter winning with a time of 1:50.97.
Tino Deemer came up big in the 100 freestyle (57.37), while fellow Beaver Ian McCoy took second in the same race. McCoy himself was also the recipient of a first-place finish, as he won the honor in the 50 freestyle (25.82).
Fleming secured an individual win in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.28), while Logan Wells dove to first in the 1-meter diving event (95.45).
McCoy, Fleming, and Canter later teamed up with Deemer to earn another victory in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.05), ensuring that DuBois would go on to win 94-66.
The Beavers also received second-place finishes from Canter (500 free, 200 free), Meterko (100 backstroke, 200 IM), Jacob Landini (50 free) and Kaleb Stevens (100 butterfly).
With the wins, DuBois looks poised to to continue its steady rate of success, and Gressler credits much of the night’s success to his team’s hard work and practice.
“I was happy and pleased with the way that the swimmers started to apply stuff we’ve been doing in practice,” Gressler said. “We’ve really been trying to hammer our turns, finishes, and kicking and driving through our strokes... That’s something we’ve been really stressing and we’re glad to see it come through tonight.”
DuBois’ next challenge will come Monday night, when the team travels to Clearfield to take on the rival Bison.