Auburn Facing one of its most challenging meets of the season, the Baldwinsville girls swim team rose up to that challenge in a big way.
The Bees, led by Charis Parker, went to Auburn Wednesday night and gathered up points from start to finish on its way to a 93-75 victory over the Maroons and a 4-0 mark on the season.
Parker saved her best work for the homestretch. In the last individual event, the 100-yard breaststroke, Parker posted a time of one minutes, 8.79 seconds, the best in Section III this fall, which topped Auburn’s Brigid Cotter (1:13.10) by more than four seconds.
This followed Parker’s early success. She teamed with Samantha Sidorakis, Allie Connor and Kaitlyn Martin to win the 200 medley relay in 1:57.81, and in the 200 individual medley Parker’s time of 2:21.18 was her best this season, with teammate Brooke Atkinson (2:28.80) in second place.
On her own, Connor edged Atkinson, 1:06.01 to 1:06.61, in the 100 butterfly, while Martin was second in the 50 freestyle in 26.69 seconds and, in 5:46.94, was right behind the Maroons’ Jenna Page (5:45.52) in the 500 freestyle. Sidorakis got to second place in the 100 backstroke in 1:07.72.
B’ville actually went 1-2 in the 200 medley relay, seeing Lauren Guild, Brooke Atkinson, Emma Atkinson and Megan Eubank finish in 2:10.61. This made up for the runner-up finishes in the 200 freestyle (1:53.32) and 400 freestyle (4:08.52) relays.
Amanda Johnson contributed, too, with a second-place effort in the 200 freestyle in 2:13.81 behind Auburn’s Jenna Page (2:11.35). For the Maroons, Mary Jane Leja won the 50 and 100 freestyle sprints, but it wasn’t enough.
Before all this, the Bees first had to get through Monday’s tight non-league meet against visiting Skaneateles.
The Bees’ 48-44 victory got moving when Parker, Connor, Eubank and Cassandra Cherebin earned first place in the 200 medley relay, 2:01.26 to the Lakers’ 2:08.58. Later, Parker, Eubank, Connor and Margaret Walsh won the 200 freestyle relay in 1:53.89.