By Heather Cass
The water has hardly been still at the North East school pool with two home meets and the North East girls invitational, which was held Saturday. More than 200 girls from a dozen or more teams participated in the invitational, an impressive event in which private and public school swimmers compete together. The invitational is an important fundraiser for the North East swim team and everyone—coaches, parents, Picker swimmers—put in a lot of hours to make it happen.
Pickers vs. Huskies
On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Pickers hosted the Harbor Creek Huskies, which handed the girls team their fourth defeat (HC 135/NE 51) and the boys their seventh win (NE 102/HC 79).
The boys team swept the 50 free and the 100 yard breaststroke – taking the top three spots in each. They also captured first place in the 200 medley relay (Kemp, M. Currier, Girts, Burch) and the 400 free relay (Burch, Lawry, Girts, Kemp).
Other top boys scorers: Cody Burch (first in 100 free, second in 100 breast), Jackson Currier (second in 200 IM, 100 fly), Mason Currier (first in 500 free, third in 100 fly), Hayden Fox (third in 200 free, 100 breast), Grant Girts (first in 200 free, second in 50 free), Connor Haggerty (third in 500 free), Evan Kemp (first in 50 free, 100 breast), Collin Lawry (first in 100 back, third in 50 free).
The girls 200 free relay took second (Cass, Bement, Schoenfeldt, Currier) and the 200 medley relay (Gruber, Currier, Cass, Schoenfeldt) and 400 free relay (Alcorn, Burek, Gruber, Gates) both took third.
On the girl’s side, top scorers included: Lauren Cass (third in 200 IM), Elizabeth Currier (first in 100 breast, second in 100 fly), Paige Grice (third in 100 free) Anna Sveda (second in 200 free), and Maddie Watts (third in diving).
Pickers vs. Union City
On Monday, Jan. 13, the boys and girls teams captured big wins over Union City, with the boys finishing 121-43 and the girls winning 107-76.
The girls took first in all three relays – 200 medley (Gruber, Currier, Cass, Schoenfeldt), 200 free (Currier, Schoenfeldt, A. Sveda, Cass), and the 400 free (Bement, Lutz, Gates, Grice) — and Maddie Watts won the diving competition with a score of 167.85.
Other top female scorers were Mia Becker (third in 500 free), Lily Bement (second in 100 back), Cass (second 200 IM third in 100 fly), Currier (first 100 fly, 100 breast), Grice (second in 500 free), Ally Lutz (third in 200 IM), A. Sveda (first 200 free), K. Sveda (third in 50 free), Sank (third in diving) and Schoenfeldt (first in 50 free, second in 100 free).
The boys also won all three relays — 200 medley (Kemp, M. Currier, Girts, Burch), 200 free (Girts, Lawry, Burch, Kemp), and the 400 free (J. Currier, Theis-Green, M. currier, Reider).
Top scoring boys included Bartlett (second in 100 fly), Burch (first in 50 free, 100 free), J. Currier (first in 200 free, 100 fly), M. Currier (third in 500 free), Fox (third in 100 breast), Girts (second in 200 IM, 500 free), Haggerty (third in 200 free), Kemp (first in 200 IM, 500 free,), Lawry (first in 200 back, second in 50 free), Ben Reider (third in 200 IM), Theis-Green (first in 100 breast) and Whitmeyer (third in 100 free).