Liverpool swimmers get past West Genesee

As the 2008 season got underway, the Liverpool girls swim team was riding a 22-meet win streak, something that West Genesee figured to challenge when the two powers met in last Thursday's opener in Camillus.

Sure enough, the Wildcats were tough -- but Carly Jones and her teammates proved tougher, putting together a 94-86 victory that was in doubt until the last race.

With the meet on the line, Liverpool's 400 freestyle relay team of Kelley Yaworsky, Renee Stromski, Antoinette Esce and Kelly Ross combined to post a time of 4:11.43 that beat WG's best foursome and sealed the victory.

Prior to that, Yaworsky had already won twice, going through the 200 freestyle in 2:11.52 and ripping through the 100 freestyle in 1:00.17, too.

Jones, a three-time medalist (two bronze, one silver) at July's Empire State Games at SUNY-Cortland, began her senior season with a 2:19.64 posted in the 200 individual medley, with a victory in the 100 butterfly (1:03.55) added on.

In the 200 medley relay, Jones, Becky Evangelista, Samantha Liadka and Caitlin Genalo teamed up to win in 2:05.72. Evangelista also won the 500 freestyle (5:42.02), with Brianna Capria victorious in the 50 freestyle (26.48 seconds) and Kelly Ross accumulating 167.70 points in diving. Ross, Liadka, Evangelista and Yaworsky swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:52.19.

Liverpool will be back in action Tuesday, meeting Fayetteville-Manlius in its home opener.

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