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Jan, 2021

Raiders Add Two More Wins

Raiders defeat section rival Mars at home 

The Seneca Valley Swim and Dive Team continued their dominant season at the SV Natatorium, taking two from section rival Mars and advancing to 5-0 for both girls and boys.  


The SV girl divers started out the meet all earning points for the Raiders. Senior Rylie Smith came in with a second place finish scoring a 192.6. Senior Abby Kutchma was fourth with a 159.675. And Sophomore Emma Bedell got fifth place points for the Raiders.   

The boys placed 1-2-5. Senior Trevor Elliott led the Raiders with another outstanding score of 231.45 which earned him first place. Sophomore Sam Hersick came in second place with a 180.90.  And the fifth place finisher for the Raiders was Freshman Isaiah Clerkley. 


The lady Raiders kicked off the swimming portion of the meet with a second place win in the Girls 200 Medley with the A relay team which included junior Ria Dietz swimming backstroke, senior Carly Brunello swimming breaststroke, senior Annabel Morrisard swimming butterfly, and senior and co-captain Kendall Craig swimming freestyle. The C relay team included senior Delaney Molinero, sophomore Paige Walko, junior Eva Carney, and junior Cara Della Toffalo placing third.  

Freshman Bella Kling and seniors Edie Sawyer and Dilini Ranaweera swept first, second, and third place in the 200 Freestyle. The winning streak continued in the 200 IM with sophomore Peri Gaguzis placing first with a time of 2:14.46, followed by senior Bella Stefanowicz placing second and senior Emma Kreber placing fourth.  

While Mars girls were able to edge out first and second places in the 50 Freestyle, sophomore McKenzie Van Iddekinge was close behind placing third, followed by freshmen Taryn Wilson and Sloan Meyers who brought home fourth and fifth place respectively, both earning points for SV. 

The lady Raiders really showed their talent in the 100 Butterfly with first, second, and fourth place finishes by Bella Kling, Annabel Morrisard, and Paige Walko. freshman McKenzie Van Iddekinge brought home first place with a time of 1:00.46 in the 100 Freestyle with teammates and sisters Eva and Bryn Carney placing third and sixth.  

The 500 Freestyle had impressive shows by SV Girls with a first-place win by Cara Della Toffalo with a time of 5:26.61. Ria Dietz brought home third place with Carly Brunello taking fourth. 

A Relay teammates, Bella Kling, Abby Perry, Annabel Morrisard, and Edie Sawyer added another first place win for SV in the 200 Freestyle Relay with the C relay team grabbing a third place win including Emma Kreber, Paige Walko, Delaney Molinero, and McKenzie Van Iddekinge,  

The girls went on to great finishes in the next two events. Peri Gaguzis captured first place in the 100 Backstroke followed by Kristen Bedell with second and Sloan Meyers taking fourth. Kendall Craig took first place in the 100 Breaststroke with Abby Perry and Sydney Sweger taking third and fourth places. 

The SV Raider girls ended the night with first and second place finishes in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Coming in first was the A relay team including Bella Kling, Dilini Ranaweera, Annabel Morrisard, and Bella Stefanowicz. The B relay team enjoyed a second place finish with Eva Carney, Bryn Carney, Taryn Wilson, and Ria Dietz. 


From the start of the 200 Medley Relay, the Boys team set the tone for the night’s event. The A Relay Team consisted of Connor Seeley, Gavin Blazer, Kevin Donaldson, and Zach Lozowski, captured first place with a time of 1:43.89, while the B relay took second with a lineup of Danny Simoes, Renhan Xu, Matt Stevens, and Frankie Walton. The C relay of Owen Tekelenburg, Ronny Royhab, Alexander Kim, and Brian Whitney turned in a strong swim for the final spot. 

In the 200 Freestyle Haihan Xu came in with a first-place finish time of 1:51.13, while team co-captain Connor Anderson captured third, barely missing second place. Noah Peterson was able to bring home points for the team with a fourth-place finish. The Boys swimmers got their revenge in the 200 IM by sweeping the event. Frankie Walton won the event with a time of 2:09.46, while fellow sophomore Zach Cox and freshman Danny Kane finished in second and third respectively. 

In the 50 Freestyle Renhan Xu showed his senior leadership by finishing first with a time of 24.11, and Owen Tekelenburg brought home second place for the team. Sophomore Logan Hockenberry missed completing a second consecutive sweep by .02 seconds but was able to bring home fourth place. Following the break, the boys broke out the broom again for a sweep of the 100 Butterfly. Co-captain Matt Stevens took first in the event with a 1:00.36 time. Connor Seeley took second, and Alexander Kim brought home third.  

The Boys then made it three sweeps in a row in the 100 Freestyle for SV. Haihan Xu took first with a 50.24, and was pushed by Zach Lozowski, who captured second, and Logan Hockenberry, who ensured third place points for the team. Taking to the blocks for the 500 Freestyle, Junior Kevin Donaldson had an easy time bringing home first place with a 4:50.90 time in the event. Zach Cox finished third and Noah Petersen came in fourth for the team.  

The Boys dominated the 200 Freestyle Relay, taking first and second place. The A relay team of Zach Lozowski, Owen Tekelenburg, Danny Kane, and Danny Simoes took first with a time of 1:35.91, just edging out the B team of Haihan Xu, Matt Stevens, Logan Hockenberry, and Brian Whitney.  

The Boys swam the last three events in exhibition. In the 100 Backstroke Connor Seeley finished with a time of 57.58, and was followed to the wall by Connor Anderson and Frankie Walton. In the 100 Breaststroke the boys had the top three times with Gavin Blazer coming into the wall first with a time of 1:06.61, followed by Renhan Xu and Ronny Royhab. 

The night ended with the boys having some competition within their own team as Mars was unable to field a 400 free relay team. Top position was captured by Danny Kane, Haihan Xu, Owen Tekelenburg, and Connor Seeley. The second spot went to Alex Kim, Danny Simoes, Logan Hockenberry, and Connor Anderson.  

The final score revealed the victory by Seneca Valley Boys against a small group from the Mars side, with a score of 108 to 34. 


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