Second place down, one race to go

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Suffolk News-Herald

The Suffolk Gators freestyled, breast-, back- and butterfly-stroked to a resounding second place in a meet at the Suffolk YMCA on Saturday afternoon, finishing behind Hampton and ahead of Franklin. The local young swim group will have its final home meet of the season Saturday against Mount Trashmore.

Kylie Potter got things going for the local squad with a second-place finish in the Girls 6U 25-free, and Curtis Oliver was the first Gator to win a race, nailing the 7-8 Boys 25, with David Forman in third. Amanda Petroski and Taylor Berard were second and third in the girls race, and Nolan McGrew and Matthew Peterson got the top two spots in 9-10 50-free racing, with Samantha Barbour second for the girls.

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Taylor Dailey and Danielle Thomas were second and third in 11-12 competition, and Ruffin Hill won the boys 13-14 event. Curtis and David were tops in 8U 50-free, and Berard won the girls race. Nolan and Elizabeth Wallace were second in 9-10 100-free competition, and Dailey in Boys 11-12. Ruffin was second in the 13-14 race.

Now it was time for relay competition, and the Gators 7-8, 9-10 and 13-14 mixed teams won their respective freestyle races, with the 11-12 team taking third. Back in individual swimming, Curtis got the 25-breast, and Amanda third in the girls race. Kendell Effler and Elizabeth were first and second in the 9-10 Girls 50 event, and Anthony Wallace and Kyle Peterson were first and third in 13-14 100 racing.

Matthew finished second in the Boys 10U 100-IM race, and Samantha won her race. Danielle was third in the Girls 11-12 event. Taylor started off backstroke competition with a third-place finish in the Girls 7-8 25 event, and Elizabeth won the 9-10 race. Ruffin, Anthony and Kyle were second, third and fourth in 13-14 racing.

David came in third and Amanda second in 8U 25-butterfly, and Samantha won the 9-10, 50 race. Another round of mixed relay competition ended the meet, with the Gators winning in 8U, 9-10 and 13-14 individual medley races and taking third in the 11-12 race.