EASTON — The results were lopsided but encouraging for both coaches.
Easton High head swim coach Kara Erskine got a chance to see where her team was during Thursday’s season-opener against Saints Peter and Paul, while Sabres head coach Josh Remaniak had the opportunity to measure his team’s progress after losing its first meet against Severn.
“We were very fortunate to have this meet as our first so we can kind of see how we look; where they are in the training, and where we go forward from here,” said Erskine, after Easton boys’ 70-24 victory and the girls’ 80-2 triumph at the Easton Family YMCA. “And it was an opportunity to put swimmers in off-events that they don’t normally get to do because we have a smaller team this year.”
The Warriors may have a smaller squad from last season, but returners David Gardner, Josh Newmier, Jaden Tipton and Johnny Remaniak each won two individual events and had a role in sweeping the three relays.
Easton’s girls also swept all 11 events, with Kylie Weems, Molly Kroeger and Kate Allen winning two events apiece, and Bree Haufe and Jill Esterson each winning one.
“World’s of a difference between that one and this one,” Josh Remaniak said comparing yesterday’s meet to the Severn loss. “Our meet today was 100 percent personal bests. Everybody on the team had 100 percent personal bests, which is really awesome to see. Goes to the testament of really, really good job training, from interval training to speed work.”
The Sabre boys were without senior star Tyler Christianson, who was competing at the Winter Junior Nationals in Atlanta. Even if Christianson had won two individual events, it wouldn’t have been enough for a team victory.
Newmier won the boys’ 200-yard freestyle in 1 minute, 59.72 seconds and later took first in the 100 freestyle (52.66), edging Sts. Peter and Paul’s Paul Dyer (57.94). Tipton won the 200 individual medley (2:09.90) then came back to win the 500 freestyle (5:24.25). Gardner logged first-place finishes in the 100 butterfly (58.57) and 100 backstroke (1:00.06), and Johnny Remaniak won the 50 freestyle (23.93) and 100 breaststroke (1:06.34).
Gardner, Newmier, Remaniak and Tipton teamed to win the 200 medley relay in 1:47.63. Cory Wazniak, Lukas Nilsen, Evan Gavin and Colin Kelly won the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.56), and Tipton, Newmier, Gardner and Remaniak capped the meet by winning the 400 freestyle (3:36.72) by 36 seconds.
Easton’s girls were equally impressive, though Sts. Peter & Paul’s team consists of only Sarah Rosa, who finished third in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
A sophomore, Allen won the 200 free (2:32.06) and 100 fly (1:13.75), while freshmen Weems (200 IM, 2:26.56; 100 freestyle, 1:00.19) and Kroeger (50 freestyle, 26.69; 100 back, 1:07.84) were also two-time winners. Jill Esterson won the 100 breaststroke in 1:32.85; and Haufe (7:43.21) nipped teammate Mia Russo (7:43.56) at the wall to win the 500 freestyle.
Brie Friedman swam a leg on all three of Easton’s winning relays. She joined Kroeger, Allen and Weems on the 200 medley (2:06.21); teamed with Jill Esterson, Leah Skirka and Haufe to win the 200 free (2:09.22); then reunited with Weems, Allen and Kroeger on the winning 400 team (4:04.32).