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Liverpool, CNS swimmers both gain wins

With the regular season winding down, the Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse girls swim teams both earned meet victories.

The Warriors, coming off a busy week where it lost to West Genesee and edged Nottingham, went to Oswego Wednesday night and beat the Buccaneers 96-90. As for the Northstars, it finally earned its first win of the season, topping Nottingham 98-86 at the LeMoyne College pool.

For Liverpool, beating Oswego involved Becky Evangelista having a big performance. She broke the two-minute mark in the 200 freestyle, winning in 1:59.43, and went on to tear through the 100 freestyle in 55.40 seconds, well clear of the Bucs' Mara Parker (57.02 seconds) at the end.

Renee Stromski won an exciting 500 freestyle match. Locked up with Oswego's Myria Lopez, Stromski did not let up until she hit the wall in 5:42.90, just 0.27 seconds ahead of Lopez.

Liverpool also won two of the three relay events. Evangelista, Stromski, Madison Sestak and Madison Hall teamed up to take the 200 freestyle relay, another close race where the Warriors, in 1:48.29, edged the Bucs (1:48.62) to prevail.

And with the meet still in doubt at the end, the Warriors' quartet of Evangelista, Hall, Antoinette Esce and Ashley Zemotel clinched the victory by going through the 400 freestyle relay in a quick time of 3:50.31.

CNS got started against Nottingham by having Emily Altier, Nicole Blidy, Kristen Donadio and Jenna Ruffrage win the 200 medley relay in 2:07.74. And in the 200 freestyle relay, Altier, Blidy, Jenna Ruffrage and Breanna Ruffrage won in 1:50.76.

Individually, Altier was first in the 200 individual medley (2:29.87), while Blidy needed 58.56 seconds to gain a victory in the 100 freestyle and Ruffrage swam the 50 freestyle in 27.09 seconds. Staci DeCarr won the diving event with 189.05 points.

Now the Liverpool and CNS swimmers get ready to head to Nottingham's pool for the Section III championships, which run Wednesday through Saturday.

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