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Liverpool swimmers conquer CNS, 104-82

Claiming local bragging rights, the Liverpool girls swim team went to LeMoyne College's pool Friday night to face Cicero-North Syracuse and proved too deep and tough for the Northstars, winning by a score of 104-82.

As a starting point, the Warriors claimed the 200 medley relay. Madison Sestak, Kelly Cole, Madison Hall and Colleen

McCarthy combined to post a time of 2:01.77.

Sestak went on to sweep the sprint races, swimming the 50 freestyle in 27.12 seconds and covering the 100 freestyle in 59.57 seconds. Then, just to complete her work, Sestak joined McCarthy, Becky Evangelista and Antoinette Esce to win an exciting 200 freestyle relay.

CNS, with its quartet of Emily Altier, Jenna Ruffrage, Breanna Ruffrage and Nicole Blidy, pushed Liverpool to the wire in this race, finishing in a time of 1:48.62 -- but Liverpool prevailed in 1:48.40.

Elsewhere for the Warriors, Esce took first in the 200 individual medley (2:31.44) and Evangelista needed just 2:00.84 to prevail in the 200 freestyle.

Liverpool's Julia Mondo added a victory in the 100 breaststroke in 1:18.59, and the Warriors completed a relay sweep when Esce, Evangelista, Renee Stromski and Ashley Zemotel covered the 400 freestyle relay in 4:01.33.

For its part, the Northstars saw Altier beat the field in the 500 freestyle in 5:41.29 after taking second (2:06.65) to Evangelista in the 200 freestyle. Kim Morris added a victory in the 100 backstroke in 1:08.49.

Three days before facing Liverpool, CNS had a meet against New Hartford, taking a 106-80 defeat to the Spartans.

Altier still took a pair of individual events, swimming the 200 IM in 2:28.91 and also prevailing in the 500 freestyle (5:47.31). Morris was first in the 100 backstroke (1:09.83) and helped Altier, Blidy and Ruffrage get first place in the 400 freestyle relay in 4:05.62.

Staci DeCarr led all the divers, earning 217.55 points. New Hartford's Abby Max took part in two winning relays and also prevailed in the 50 freestyle (25.99 seconds) and 100 butterfly (1:03.54).

More big league meets are in store this week, as Liverpool hosts Baldwinsville Wednesday night and CNS meets Fayetteville-Manlius at the LeMoyne pool on Thursday.

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