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North Putnam swimmers enter break with split against North Montgomery

Thursday, December 20, 2012

ROACHDALE -- The North Putnam boys' swim team continued its recent hot streak with a 115-67 win over North Montgomery on Wednesday.

The two squads each won their respective county championship last season and bragging rights were on the line.

Dane Gray bested his own school record with a 58.72 second finish in the 100-yard backstroke.

Gray picked up another win in the 200 individual medley.

"I'm really proud of Dane's swim, considering he spend four days in the hospital and missed two weeks of training. He's starting to swim like we want him to," NPHS head coach Tony Gray said. "We don't have anyone that's close to any other record right now, but I think we can approach the 100 fly and the breaststroke record by the end of the year."

The girls' team didn't fare quite as well, losing 119-45.

Sophomore Elizabeth Alford had wins in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.

Samantha Freije, who first learned to swim just six weeks ago, had a strong 100 free and shaved 12 seconds off her personal best time in the 200 free, coach Gray said.

"With the small (roster), it's difficult for (the girls) to compete and win meets," he said. "As long as they keep working hard and have fun, and swim as a team, it's going to be a success for them."

Senior Joe Lehr got a win for the boys team in the 500 free. Michael Noble also stood out, coach Gray said, finishing strong in his first attempt at the marathon event.

"We're swimming a little bit better now," coach Gray said. "The kids got a little bit of rest this week, so the times are starting to drop the way we hoped they would."

The Cougars host a dual meet against Danville on Dec. 27 at 11 a.m.


At North Putnam
Boys' final -- North Putnam 115, North Montgomery 67
Girls' final -- North Montgomery 119, North Putnam 45



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