Weekly Feature

2018-09-19 / Sports

Amherst girls swim team perseveres for win over Pioneer

Amherst’s girls swim team improved to 2-0, but it was not easy.

The Lady Tigers persevered through a rough start against Pioneer and came out with a 54-39 home victory on Sept. 12.

The meet got out to a less than ideal start for Amherst as both medley relays were flagged for a false start.

Amherst coach Mike Giancarlo said this put the team down 9-0 after one event, which is a tough hole to dig out in a four-lane pool.

“However, the ladies responded well to the adversity and went on to finish the meet strong with some impressive swims and ultimately, the team win,” Giancarlo said. “The coaching staff is very impressed with how positive they remained throughout competition and how engaged the ladies were in each other’s races.

This was a great learning experience for the team while also coming away with the victory. The team will look to continue to build upon this moving forward.”

Grace Van Buren (200 free, 1:59.89; 100 free, 55.71); Lilli Engelhaupt (200 IM, 2:30.21; 100 back, 1:09.73); and Paige Smith (500 free, 5:28.09; 100 breast, 1:14.62) were double winners.

Van Buren (200 free), Engelhaupt (200 IM), Smith (100 breast); Madison Parobek (200 IM, 2:47.67); Celia Damiani (50 free, 30.73); Tara De- Both (6:28.07); Macayla Todaro (100 back, 1:17.38); Shayna Klose (100 fly, 1:18.97, 100 breast, 1:24.01; 100 free (33.61) recorded personal best times.

Amherst closed out the week with a 88-82 road loss over Starpoint on Friday.

Despite the loss, the Lady Tigers put forth a very impressive effort, recording some of their best times of the season.

Smith was Amherst’s lone double winner, taking the 200 IM (2:22.45) and 500 free (5:34.75).

Swimmers who recorded personal-best swims were:

Engelhaupt (200 free, 2:14.23, fourth; 100 back, 1:07.90, second); Madison Parobek (50 free, 30.49, fifth); Julia Herne (50 free, 32.48); Lindsay DeBoth (100 fly, 1:15.27, third; 100 breast, 1:18.09, third); Klose (100 fly, 1:18.20, fourth; 100 breast, fifth, 1:23.27); Maggie Parobek (500 free, 5:48.63, third); Damiani (100 free, 1:10.46); and Macayla Todaro (100 back, 1:15.20, fourth).

In addition to the best times, the Lady Tigers set two pool records.

The relay team of Carolyn DeBoth, Smith, Maggie Parobek, and Van Buren first set the pool record in the 200 freestyle relay in 1:45.45, and then a few minutes later, the same four set the pool record in the 400 free relay in 3:49.42.

The former of the two records was previously owned by Amherst’s Jill Bona, Brianne Burton, Eva Lankes, Mae Lankes in 2005. To add on that, the 400 free relay is the fastest time in Section VI this season.

“The coaching staff is very pleased with how the ladies have banded together this season,” Giancarlo said. “It is nice to see them be able to take the work they have put in during practice and have that translate into success during competition.”

The Lady Tigers hosted West Seneca East on Tuesday, but information about the game was unavailable before The Bee went to press.

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