DuBOIS — The DuBois swimming and diving teams wrapped up the regular season with a pair of strong performances Thursday night in a sweep of visiting St. Marys.
The Lady Beavers won nine of 12 events on their way to a 119-66 victory, while the Beavers collected seven wins in a 111-64 triumph over the Flying Dutchmen.
“We’re happy with the way a lot of them swam tonight,” said DuBois coach Mike Gressler. “We wanted to try out a couple little changes, just some minor things at this point. We’re not really looking to change anything major being two weeks out from the district meet.
“We’re just trying to hit some fine points on some things, and stress couple small things to them and just go out there and race. I think they are ready for districts and have been put in a lot of work this year.
“We have had some of the toughest practices I’ve put out there, and they have responded very well. They come every day ready to work, and we’re going to see the payoff and reward for all that work here in a couple weeks.
On the girls’ side, seniors Gabi Wayne and Kiersten Pearce captured four and three wins, respectively, in their final meet in the DuBois pool. Junior Julie Marchioni also collected three victories, with fellow junior Lauren Usaitis adding two wins.
The Lady Beavers opened the night with a convincing win the 200 medley relay, as Pearce, Usaitis, Marchioni and Wayne touched the wall first in 1:58.89 to win by more than five seconds.
Wayne came right back to win the 200 freestyle (2:03. 86) by just under 12 seconds. She later added wins in the 100 freestyle (55.50) and the 400 free relay (3:55.30), where she swam anchor leg behind Alayna Cornelius, Pearce and Marchioni.
On top of her two relay “Ws”, Pearce took top honors in the 200 IM (2:26.12) by more than 14 seconds. She also swam on DuBois’ runner-up 200 free relay team that also featured Usaitis, Cornelius and Marchioni.
Marchioni added a victory in the 100 butterfly (1:05.35), while Usaitis (100 breaststroke, 1:12.35) and freshmen Jessica Brant (100 backstroke, 1:10.63) and Elle McMahon (500 free, 5:55.68) also collected first-place finishes.
Usaitis won by just over 11 seconds over teammate Cassie Carnesali, while Brant finished 3.45 seconds ahead of teammate Tori Gregory. McMahon won the 500 free by nearly 18 seconds over teammate Allyson Andrulonis.
The Lady Beavers also got a strong night from its divers, as senior Katelynn Fields placed to St. Marys’ Carissa Vavala by less than a point, 148.30-147.65. Gilga was a close third at 143.45.
DuBois also got individual second-place finishes from McMahon (200 free) and Trulee Stainbrook (50 free), while Natalie Sprague (200 IM, 100 backstroke), Kelli Hoffer (50 free) and Stainbrook (100 breaststroke) collected third-place finishes.
“Kiersten (Pearce), we tried a couple different things with her races and she did what exactly what she was suppose to do, and I’m real happy to see she’s responding to what we’re asking he to do” said Gressler. “And Gabi, the same thing — trying out a couple different little things.
“That was a real nice score by Katie Fields (in diving) too, and that nice to see. Heather Gilga did really well also.”
Vavala was joined as an individual winner by teammate Mandy Geci (50 free, 25.87), while Geci also anchored the 200 free relay squad that also featured Kaelynn Kuhar, Hannah Lenze and Lucy Anthony to victory in 1:46.84.
St. Marys got individual runner-up finishes from Lenze (100 butterfly) and Kuhar (100 free).
In the boys’ meet, DuBois was led by juniors Ian Meterko and Gaven Wolfgang, who each won two individual races as tjhe Beavers (8-3) used their depth to collected win No. 8 on the season.
Meterko bested teammate Logan Wells by just over eight seconds in the 200 IM (2:18.24) and won the 100 backstroke (1:01.28) by nine seconds over Beaver Josh Singler. Wolfgang took home top honors in the 50 (24.57) and 100 (54.88) freestyle.
Seniors Drew Canter and Garrett Fleming added wins in the 500 free and 100 breaststroke, respectively, while Wells won the 1-meter diving event with 130.10 points.
Canter touched the wall in the 500 (5:06.83) just under 29 seconds ahead of teammate Paul Brittain, and Fleming won the breaststroke (1:06.90) by just under 15 seconds over teammate Kaleb Stevens.
Canter added an individual second-place finish in the 200 free, with Mason Smith (100 butterfly) also earning a runner-up finish.
DuBois got third-place finishes from Brittain (200 free), Tino Deemer (50 free, 100 free), Singler (100 butterfly), Stevens (500 free) and Bryce Kot (100 breaststroke).
“The kids are becoming very aware,” said Gressler. “Garrett (Fleming), when he came back from his breaststroke, he was talking about what he can do differently next time. They’re analyzing their stuff.
“Drew Canter, I though he responded very well tonight. He wasn’t too pleased with his first race (200 free), but boy he came back hard after that. We’ve told the kids to take it one race at a time, and if you’re not pleased with that first race, do something to change it, and he certainly did that tonight. I was pleased with way he same his 500 and other races after that, and that was a good response on his part.”
St. Marys got big nights from Ben Koss and Nathan McAnany, who both won four events. Teammates Jacob Koss and Ben Kuhar added three wins a piece.
All four were part of three relay victories, as the quartet took home the 200 medley relay (1:48.19) and the 200 (1:36.92) and 400 (3:32.29) free relay events.
Ben Koss added an individual win in the 200 free (1:51.42), while McAnany touched the wall first in the 100 butterfly (58.01).
Kuhar added a second in the 50 free, while Jacob Kiss was second in the 100 free.
Both schools are off until the District 9 Class AA Championships, which will be held March 3-4 at Clearfield Area High School.