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The Key West Citizen

Conch race past Bucs in 20 of 22 events for pair of team victories

By By J.W. COOKE Keys Citizen,


On paper it looked to be an even match between the Key West High and South Dade swim teams during the dual meet at The College of the Florida Keys Aquatic Center on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Conchs and Buccaneers had nearly the exact same number of entries in the dual meet, but when the water had settled, Key West had a first-place finish in 20 of the 22 events, 10 of which were first-second place finishes, as the Lady Conchs pulled away to a 120-47 victory and the boys tallied a 108-53 triumph.

The Lady Conchs started strong by sweeping the 200-yard freestyle, with Gracie Lechnar winning the event in 2:35.86, followed by teammates Megan Fedor in 2:53.50 and Teagan Lavin in 2:54.47, as well as the 100-yard butterfly, once again led by Lechnar in 1:20.02, trailed by Colbie Turner in second in 1:26.95 and Lavin was third again in 1:30.46.

There was a 1-2 fishing for the Lady Conchs in the 500-yard freestyle, as topping the race was Hadley Bardoni with a 7:26.41 followed by teammate Samantha O’Brien in 7:31.52, while Bardoni also won the 200-yard IM in 2:55.13.

The Key West girls also swept the 100-yard backstroke, led by Katelyn Noss in 1:15.73, Aly Camargo in 1:20.66 and Savannah Murray in 1:29.19, while Taylor Gibson won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:27.99.

For the boys, AJ Smith won the highly competitive 13-entry 50-yard freestyle in 23.10, as well as the 100-yard freestyle in 49.69, while Charlie Doerfel won the 200-yard IM in 2:39.05, along with the 100-yard butterfly in 1:09.66. Also winning two events was Anthony Kozen in the 100-yard breaststroke and 500-yard freestyle in 6:36.69, with teammate Jacob Perez coming in second in 6:39.82. The Key West boys also had Santiago Gonzalez swim to a 2:18.39 in the 200-yard freestyle and Eli Morris claimed the 100-yard backstroke in 1:12.60.

Key West also swept all the relays, Noss, Reeghan Davis, Bardoni and Camargo winning the 200-yard freestyle in 2:02.07, while the boys won the same event in 1:46.03 with Gonzalez, Korzen, Westley Ellerbee and Smith in the water. The 400-yard freestyle team of Lechnar, Bardoni, Fedor and Davis, went for a 4:49.43 to win, topping teammates Lavin, Mary Searcy, Siarah Singh and Turner, who were second in 5:40.31 and the boys in the 400 free also went 1-2 as winning in 4:19.65 was Gonzalez, Doerfel, Hugo Blinckmann and Ellerbee, followed by Thomas Horvath, Devon Soni, Andres Aguero and Jason Frankel in second in 5:27.71.

In the 200-yard medley relay, it was the Lady Conchs team of Noss, Gibson, Lechnar and Camargo in first in 2:15.82, and in second in 2:29.07 were Murray, O’Brien, Turner and Fedor, while on the boys side it was Morris, Korzen, Doerfel and Smith winning in 2:00.25.

After swimming twice at home the last two weekends, Key West will be on the road at Coral Shores in a tri-meet with LaSalle on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m.

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