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’Canes lose to Parkland

Liberty’s swim team had two meets left as of last week, and the Hurricanes are working toward a jump start after their loss to Parkland on Jan. 30 at Liberty.

“We haven’t turned the corner yet. We’re still swimming tired,” said Liberty coach Reik Foust. “We’ve just got to get a little rest, and then the times are gonna start popping, but we only have two meets left, so it better hurry up and happen.”

January was marked by injury, absence, consecutive meets against big teams, Parkland and Emmaus, and snow days, dreaded by swimmers because it’s the loss of practices.

In the Hurricanes’ meet against Parkland, Liberty girls who placed in the top three in individual events were Leah Onia, third in the 200 freestyle in 2:16.32, Katie Bruno, third in the 200 IM in 2:30.55, Chelsea Hearn, third in the 50 free in 26.97, and Audrey Bloss-Ferry, third in the 100 butterfly in 1:05.30.

Hearn took second place in the 100 free in 1:01.01, Onia was second in the 500 free in 6:13.8, Bloss-Ferry came in second in the 100 backstroke in 1:10.13, and Elle Surowiecki placed third in the 100 breaststroke in 1:21.31.

Said Hearn, “Sometimes I can hear the coaches whistle, or when I go to breathe, I can see their hand movements, but other than that, I hear nothing. I was just thinking to not let [Parkland’s Kaley McKenzie] catch up with me.”

Lilah McClarin, Bruno, Bloss-Ferry, and Hearn placed second in the 200 medley relay in 2:02.74

“We were pretty far behind first, so I knew I probably wouldn’t be able to catch up,” Hearn said. “I love swimming anchor. It’s my favorite except when we’re very far behind, but if it’s a close race, I love it because I like the pressure and the cheering and everything at the end.”

Hearn also anchored the 200 free relay that included Amelia Paxton, Bloss-Ferry, and Sophia O’Hara and placed second with a time of 1:50.02.

Paxton, O’Hara, Bruno, and Onia came in third in the 400 free relay in 4:13.85.

Diving was won by Liberty’s Gabriella Madeira for the girls meet with a score of 184.60 and Liberty’s Jaxson Dorsey for the boys meet with a score of 212.35.

Liberty boys who placed in the top three in individual events were Wade Wu, third in the 200 IM in 2:11.64, Ben Raineri, third in the 50 free in 25.04, Malcolm Collins, first in the 100 free in 48.91 and the 100 breaststroke in 59.27, and Wu, third in the 100 breast in 1:05.77.

Christian Hackett, Collins, Wu, and Raineri came in second in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.16, and third in the 200 free relay in 1:35.56.