With more than a few swift strokes, the Liverpool girls swim team brought an end to Christian Brothers Academy's 67-meet win streak -- and at the same time built its own streak to 21.
Dominance in relay events, combined with solid individual performances elsewhere, gave the Warriors the room it needed last Friday night to beat the Brothers 98-88 at its home pool.
Mostly, Liverpool used the relays to blunt anything CBA could do to keep alive a win streak that started in 2001, long before any of the current swimmers on either side were around to influence matters.
To get it moving, Mary Chidsey, Brittany Harris, Kelley Yaworsky and Becky Evangelista produced a top time of 1:55.91 to win the 200 medley relay.
CBA took three of the next four events, the only exception being the 50 freestyle, where Chidsey, in 25.53 seconds, beat Maggie Fletcher (26.02 seconds) by nearly half a second, a big margin in a sprint. This came after Sarah Stroup took second in the 200 freestyle (2:03.76) and Francesca got a second-place clocking of 2:21.88 in the 200 individual medley.
Following Kelly Ross taking second in diving (171.75 points), Yaworsky began the rally by blazing through the 100 butterfly in 1:02.70 as Litz took second.
Carly Jones then tore up the 100 freestyle, winning that event in 54.65 seconds, her best-ever time in that event, as Brianna Capria (57.47 seconds) edged out CBA star Destiny Cerlanek for the runner-up spot.
Liverpool didn't go ahead for good, though, until the 200 freestyle relay, where its depth was on stunning display.
Capria, Jones, Evangelista and Chidsey won the event in 1:43.33. When Yaworsky, Stroup, Litz and Ross got second place in 1:45.81, just ahead of CBA (1:45.98), the Warriors had a points advantage it would not relinquish.