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Gators bite down on victory

There’s really no shame in finishing second, especially in youth sports, the results of which tend not to stick in the memories of coaches or participants for very long. But taking home the silver medal in their first two meets wasn’t good enough for the Suffolk Gators.

That why, on Saturday, the local pool squad headed to Franklin and brought back a win, defeating their hosts 1100-1000.

Kylie Potter and Ashley Petroski started off the meet for the Gators by taking the first two spots in the Girls 6U freestyle. Taylor Berard won the Girls 7-8 free, and Robby Arcand was second in the Boys 11-12 event. Detrice Bickham was second in the Girls 11-12 event, and Alex Petersen and Chalice Rowe got second in the 13-14 races. Antonio Petersen and Jenny Goodwin also got second in both 15-18 events.

David Forman and Julia Tillman swept the 8U free events, and Curtis Oliver and Samantha Barbour won the 9-10s. Robby Arcand and Kendell Effler won the 11-12, and Caleb Nixon and Andrew Wingrove were first and second in Boys 13-14. Haleigh Wineman ended individual free racing by notching second in the Girls 13-14.

Carissa Bean, Ashley Petroski, Jesse Tillman and Bella Tillman won the Mixed 6U free relay, and David Forman, Kylie Potter, Julia Tillman and Taylor Berard got the 8U event. Will Arcand, Curtis Oliver, Lexi Moffatt and Samantha Barbour were second in the 10U event, and T.J. Paull, Detrice Bickham, Kendell Effler and Robby Arcand were second in the 12U. Caleb Nixon, Andrew Wingrove, Haleigh Wineman and Chalice Rowe were second in 14U.

David Forman and Taylor Berard won the 8U breastrokes, and Curtis Oliver and Samantha Barbour got the 9-10 events. Kendell Effler won the Girls 11-12, with T.J. Paull, Alex Petersen and Antonio Petersen notching second in the Boys 11-12, 13-14 and 15-18.

Curtis Oliver and Samantha Barbour won the 10U individual medleys, with Detrice Bickham getting second in the Girls 11-12 and Andrew Wingrove following suit in the Boys 13-14. Chalice Rowe also got second, in the Girls 13-14.

Jesse Tillman and Samantha Wright were first and second in the Girls 6U backstroke, and Julia Tillman was second in Girls 7-8. Will Arcand and Devin Storf were tops in Boys 9-10, and Taylor Workman was second in Girls 9-10. Robby Arcand and Kristen Brown were second in both 11-12 races. Andrew Wingrove and Caleb Nixon were the first two in Boys 13-14, and Haleigh Wineman second in the girls’ race. Antonio Petersen was first and Jenny Goodwin second in 15-18.

David Forman won the Boys 8U butterfly, and Kylie Potter and Taylor Berard were first and second in the girls’ event. Will Arcand and Amanda Petroski were second in the 9-10 races.

Julia Tillman, Taylor Berard, Kylie Potter and David Forman won the 8U medley relay, and Will Arcand, Curtis Oliver, Samantha Barbour and Lexi Moffatt won the 10U. Kristen Brown, Detrice Bickham, Kendell Effler and T.J. Paull were second in the 12U race, as were Haleigh Wineman, Alex Petersen, Sarah Bean and Caleb Nixon in the 14U.