Even coaches get soaked in Saints’ swim wins

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Suffolk News-Herald

As if a resounding victory wasn’t enough of a great birthday present for Nansemond-Suffolk Academy swim coaches Karen Norman and Jane Ledlie, the pair got an extra boost into their next year – a cool off in the Suffolk YMCA pool!

&uot;They were talking about it, so I took off my phone and wallet before,&uot; said Ledlie, who celebrated her 24th go-round. &uot;They threatened it last year, but never did it.

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&uot;This was an awesome meet,&uot; she said of the teams, which defeated visiting Catholic by a combined 132-56. &uot;The swimmers were fired up going into their three-day weekend.&uot;

&uot;It felt great!&uot; Norman said of her impromptu dip. &uot;Us winning made it even better.&uot;

Both teams made sure that that was never much in doubt, with the girls taking both first and second place in eight of 11 races in a 76-18 win and the boys taking first in every race but one in a 56-38 victory.

Jade Bishop, Anna Cotton, Danielle Waller and Amber Mosal started the meet by winning the 200-medley relay, and Kelly Ruland, Kristen MacKinnon, Tiffany Buckley and Morgan Thorndike got second. Maggie Standing and Jamie Iiams got first and second in 200-freestyle, and Ruland and Cotton did so in 200-medley.

Waller and Buckley swept the 50-free, and Standing won the 100-fly. Bishop took the 100-free, and Ruland and Iiams were tops in 500-free. Waller, Mosal, Standing and Buckley won the 200-free relay, and Courtney Henderson, MacKinnon, Thorndike and Kelsey Cyr were second. Bishop won the 100-backstroke, and Cotton and Waller were first and second in 100-breastroke. Standing, Buckley, Ruland and Bishop won the 400-free relay, and Henderson, Iiams, MacKinnon and Thorndike ended the meet in second.

In the boys’ event, Ryan Hanson, Philip Brooks, Brandon Wilder and Joe DiRenzo were first in 200-medley relay, and Brooks won the 200-freestyle. Wilder got the 200-medley, and Aaron Schaubach and Kyle Minga were first and second in 50-freestyle.

Hanson got the 100-fly, and Wilder and DiRenzo were tops in 100-freestyle. Jeff Iiams won the 500-freestyle, and Brooks, DiRenzo, Hanson and Wilder were first in 200-free relay. Hanson and Brooks finished up by winning the 100-backstroke and breastroke.

The Saints return to action Thursday at Virginia Wesleyan College.