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Willowood Wins First Swim Meet of the Summer at Palmyra

After two losses to open up the summer swimming season, the Willowood Bluefins recovered nicely on Saturday, June 30, with a 522-484 away win over the Palmyra Sharks.

For the second straight meet, Daniel Mueser notched three victories in the 15-and-over boys division in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly, as well as a win in the 200-meter medley relay with Tyler Wilkinson and Ben and Sam Azzalina.

Wilkinson also got wins in the 100-meter individual medley and the 50-meter backstroke, along with a fourth-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle. Sam Azzalina took first in the 50-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 100-meter freestyle, while Ben Azzalina was second in the 50-meter backstroke and 100-meter freestyle and third in the 50-meter freestyle. The other top finishers in the division included Aedan Wilkinson (second in the 50-meter breaststroke, sixth in the 100-meter individual medley), Jake Cavender (third in the 50-meter breaststroke), Andrew Young (fourth in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter butterfly, fifth in the 100-meter individual medley) and Stuart Readinger (fifth in the 50-meter butterfly).

Oliviah Rachael got the lone win for the 15-and-over girls in the 100-meter freestyle, also taking second in the 100-meter individual medley and the 50-meter butterfly. The remaining top placements included Emmy Kriner (fourth in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 50-meter butterfly), Abigail Alspaugh (fourth in the 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 50-meter backstroke), Chloe Ebersole (fifth in the 50-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley, sixth in the 50-meter butterfly) and Hannah Ziegler (fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke, sixth in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke).

Gabriella Dabbs had three wins for the 13-14 girls in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly, along with a first-place finish in the 200-meter medley relay with Sierra Kapcsos, Genevieve McDonald and Madison Conway. Kapcsos got two victories in the 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter breaststroke, as well as third in the 100-meter freestyle.

McDonald was second in the 50-meter butterfly, third in the 100-meter individual medley and sixth in the 100-meter freestyle, while Conway was second in the 50-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle and sixth in the 100-meter individual medley. Other top placements included Rachel Nolen (third in the 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 50-meter breaststroke, sixth in the 50-meter freestyle), Maria Wohlbowne (fourth in the 50-meter backstroke), Issy Miller (sixth in the 50-meter backstroke) and Caitlin Steffie (sixth in the 50-meter butterfly).

Owen Gensemer was the high man for the 13-14 boys with two third-place finishes in the 50-meter freestyle and the 50-meter breaststroke. Ethan Hall was third in the 100-meter freestyle and fourth in the 50-meter backstroke, while Tyler Bell was third in the 50-meter backstroke and fifth in the 50-meter freestyle. The rest of the top placements consisted of Nathan Yohn (fourth in the 50-meter freestyle, fifth in the 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly), Wyatt Rachael (fourth in the 50-meter butterfly, sixth in the 100-meter freestyle), Connor Alspaugh (fourth in the 100-meter individual medley), Ryan Epps (fifth in the 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter breaststroke), Jake Rudy (fifth in the 50-meter butterfly) and Daltin Batche (sixth in the 50-meter butterfly and 50-meter breaststroke)
The 11-12 division saw Everett Rachael get three wins for the boys in the 100-meter individual medley, 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly. He was also apart of the first-place 200-meter medley relay team with Braden Newsome, Trevor Nolen and Nathan Erickson.

Nolen finished first in the 50-meter breaststroke, second in the 100-meter individual medley and third in the 100-meter freestyle. Newsome took first in the 50-meter 50-meter backstroke, second in the 100-meter freestyle and fourth in the 50-meter butterfly. Max Mikula got two second-place finishes in the 50-meter breaststroke and the 50-meter backstroke, as well as fourth in the 100-meter freestyle. Other top placements consisted of Erickson (third in the 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 50-meter butterfly), Brennan Gochenaur (fourth in the 50-meter freestyle, fifth in the 100-meter individual medley) and Tyler Henry (sixth in the 100-meter individual medley).

Morgan Conway led the 11-12 girls with victories in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter breaststroke. She also took third in the 50-meter butterfly. Kylie Wilkinson was first in the 50-meter backstroke, second in the 50-meter freestyle and fourth in the 50-meter butterfly. The remaining top placements included Stephanie Hall (third in the 100-meter freestyle, sixth in the 50-meter backstroke), Rene Oltmans (third in the 100-meter individual medley), Morgan Rudy (fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter butterfly, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle), Tessa Cronin (fifth in the 100-meter individual medley, sixth in the 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter freestyle), Elizabeth Kerin (fifth in the 50-meter backstroke), Jillian Wevell (sixth in the 100-meter individual medley) and Julia Garber (sixth in the 50-meter butterfly).

Hailey Dougherty scored three victories for the 9-10 girls in the 50-meter backstroke, the 50-meter butterfly and the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle. She was apart of the first-place 9-10 girls 200-meter medley relay team with Noa Williams, Olivia Kapcsos and Mallory Readinger. The latter won the 50-meter breaststroke, also getting fifth in the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle.

Kapcsos got two second-place finishes in the 50-meter freestyle and 50-meter butterfly, as well as fourth in third in the 100-meter individual medley, while Williams was second in the 100-meter freestyle. Caleigh Troop also finished second in the 50-meter backstroke, third in the 50-meter butterfly and fifth in the 50-meter freestyle. The remaining top finishers consisted of Josephine Sirinides (third in the 50-meter breaststroke, fifth in the 100-meter individual medley), Audra Kuntz (fourth in the 100-meter individual medley, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle) and Derian Shubert (fifth in the girls 50-meter breaststroke).

Reid Gilmore did well for the 9-10 boys, placing first in the 50-meter freestyle and the 10-and-under individual medley. He was second in the 10-and-under 100-meter freestyle, which was won by Logan Conway, who also won the 50-meter breaststroke. Landon Henry also took second in the boys 50-meter backstroke and third in the 50-meter breaststroke. The rest of the top placements included Matt Kerin (third in the 100-meter individual medley and 50-meter backstroke, fourth in the 50-meter butterfly), Jackson Hughes (third in the 50-meter freestyle), Haydden Miller (fourth in the 50-meter backstroke, fifth in the 50-meter freestyle), Felix Mikula (fourth in the 50-meter breaststroke), Luka Spayd (fourth in the 100-meter freestyle) and James Mott (fifth in the 50-meter butterfly).

In the 8-and-under division, Sarah Dougherty led the way with two wins in the girls 25-meter butterfly and 25-meter backstroke. She also took second in the 25-meter breaststroke and finished first in the 100-meter medley relay alongside Jordyn Cronin, Mackenzie Shubert and Sonoma Shull.

Cronin and Shubert also placed first in the 25-meter breaststroke and 25-meter freestyle, respectively. The former was second in the 25-meter backstroke and fourth in the 25-meter butterfly, while the latter was third in the 25-meter butterfly. Additionally, Shull finished second in the 25-meter freestyle and third in the 25-meter backstroke, and Julia Henry had two fifth-place finishes in the 25-meter freestyle and 25-meter breaststroke.

The 8-and-under boys were able to get two victories as well. Barrett Newsome took first in the 25-meter breaststroke, as well as second in the 25-meter freestyle and the 25-meter butterfly. Aiden Gubbins was first in the 25-meter backstroke, also placing fifth in the 25-meter freestyle. Other top finishers included Cayden Troop (third in the 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly) and Judah Blough (fourth in the 25-meter backstroke, sixth in the 25-meter freestyle).

The Bluefins will have the weekend of July 7 and 8 off before hosting their annual invitational meet on Wednesday, July 11, followed by a head-to-head meet at home against Heatherfield on Saturday, July 14. The 10-and-under swimmers will also be in competition at Devon Crest for a novice meet on Tuesday, July 10.

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