DuBOIS — The DuBois swimming teams welcomed St. Marys for the home opener Tuesday night, and both squads came away with victories as both the boys and girls evened their records at 2-2.
Both squads showed off their depth in the wins, particularly the Lady Beavers who rallied to pull out a hard-fought 87-83 victory despite winning just four of the 11 events contested.
The victory also was aided by the fact St. Marys failed to turn in their diving information by the proper time to officials prior to the meet and the event wasn’t contested. With DuBois having no divers and St. Marys three, the Lady Dutch would have come away with the victory had the event taken place.
As for the Beavers, they won six of 11 events on their way to a dominating 103-61 victory.
“We’re very happy with the two wins,’ said DuBois coach Mike Gressler. “We knew that coming into this year it was going to be difficult (on girls side) to win dual meets. While we have excellent depth and a lot of great swimmers, we need win to win more races and that’s something we’re going to focus on going forward from this point through the rest of the break. We have to work on that mindset and see where it goes from there.
“The boys swam real solid and have been working really hard. I’ve been really pleased with the guys team. They have a lot of fun and can get off-task at times, but when it comes time to work and get going, they definitely do that.”
The DuBois girls trailed by two points (79-77) entering the meet-ending 400 freestyle relay, but the Lady Beavers came away with first- and third-place finishes in the event to pull out the four-point victory.
And fittingly, it was a come-from-behind win by the Lady Beaver quartet of Anna Wingard, Benthany Guldbrandsen, Alayna Cornelius and Rayna Febtermacher that played a major part in the overall victory.
The group trailed the St. Marys team of Lucy Anthony, Julie Hoffman, Julie Lorow and Lilly McClain at the halfway point, but Cornelius and Fenstermacher put together strong legs to run down and overtake the Lady Dutch to win by justo ver two seconds, 4:08.20 to 4:10.65.
A third-place finish by the Lady Beaver quartet of Trulee Stainbrook, Jessica Brant, Allyson Andrulonis and Julie Marchioni helped seal the win over the Lady Dutch.
Fenstermacher and Cornelius were both double winners and played a part in three of DuBois’ four wins in the meet.
Fenstermacher took home the 200 freestyle (2:13.27) by .55 seconds over Hoffman, while Cornelius won the 100 butterfly (1:09.59) by .43 seconds over Anthony. Fenstermacher added a second place in the 200 free relay and a third in the 100 free, while Cornelius was third in the 200 free and 200 medley relay.
The Lady Beavers also got an individual win from Lauren Usaitis in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.25). The senior added second places in the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay and a third in the 50 freestyle.
DuBois also got individual second-place finishes from Julie Marchioni (200 IM), Jessica Brant (100 backstroke) and third places by Brant (100 butterfly), Marchioni (500 free), Tori Gregory (100 backstroke) and Kelli Hoffer (100 breaststroke).
The Lady Dutch got huge nights from Hannah Lenze and Mandy Geci, as both posted four wins in the loss.
The duo were part of two winning relays. They teamed up with Camryn Bauer and Kaelynn Kuhar to take home the 200 medly relay in 1:58.60, while the same quartet won the 200 free relay in 1:45.82.
Lenze captured individual victories in the 200 IM (2:27.42) and 500 free (5:57.50), while Geci touched the wall first in the 50 free (25.55) and 100 free (57.59). McClain collected the Lady Dutch’s other win in the 100 backstroke (1:12.70).
St. Marys also got runner-up finishes from Kuhar (50 free, 100 free), Hoffman (500 free) and Bauer (100 breaststroke).
On the boys’ side, Gaven Wolfgang captured four victories to help fuel the Beavers’ lopsided win.
Wolfgang notched individual wins in the 50 (24.07) and 100 (53.60) freestyles and also was swam anchor in the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays.
In the 200 medley relay, Wolfgang ran down St. Marys’ Kevin Kuhar and eged him at the line by .09 seconds (1:51.78-1:51.87). Ian Meterko, Tucker Fenstermacher and Mason Smith joined Wolfgang on that squad, with a strong swim by Smith putting Wolfgang in position to pull out the win.
Wolfgang and Fenstermacher were joined by Ian McCoy and Tino Deemer in winning the 400 free relay in 3:45.04.
Fenstermacher added a win in the 200 IM (2:16.11) and was second in the 100 butterfly, while Meterko added a victory in the 100 backstroke (1:03.42).
The Beavers also got second-place individual finishes by Logan Wells (200 free, 500 free), Deemer (100 backstroke) and Bryce Kot (100 breaststroke). Isaac Wayne (200 IM, 100 breaststroke), Deemer (50 free), Jacob Landini (100 butterfly), Smith (100 free) and Kaleb Stevens (500 free) added third-place finishes in those their respective events.
The Dutchmen were led by Nathan McAnany, who took home individual victories in the 200 free (2:01.65) and 100 butterfly (1:01.64). He also teamed up with Kuhar, Noah Reynolds and Jacob Koss to take the 200 free relay in 1:38.98.
Koss chipped in a victory in the 100 breastroke (1:07.71), while teammate Jarret Ingram won the 500 free (5:41.86).
Dutchmen who collected individual second-place finishes were Koss (200 IM) and Kuhar (50 free, 100 free).
“This was a really nice fay for Tucker Fenstermacher in his IM. He had a nice size drop there,” said Gressler. “Gaven Wolfgang also had a really nice day. His 50 freestyle time was solid, but his 100 free was really nice. And, he had a great split at the end of the first relay to get us a win.
“The rest of the relay did a good job too. Mason Smith in particular had a really nice butterfly and that is what really pt Gaven in position to come out and win the race, because it really is a team effort.
“On the girls’ side, I was pleased with what Alayna Cornelius was able to do for us in the 100 fly. She knows Julie (Marchioni) is our usual butterflyer, but Julie isn’t going to be here forever, and i told Alayna you’re the one and it’s your race. She went out and did exactly what she needed to do and put up a pretty nice time.
“Rayna Fenstermacher also had a nice 200 freestyle and also was the anchor on our 400 freestyle relay that was able to secure the win on the girls’ side.”
DuBois is now off until it competes in Clearfield’s Arctic Swim Classic on Jan. 6.