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Sparta High School Swimming Sweeps Falcons

The Alternative Press Staff

Thursday, January 16, 2014 • 10:41pm

SPARTA, NJ -  Sparta Swimming dove into the pool for the third time in four days with the Boys having a big win over Jefferson 102-60, while the Girls nipped the Lady Falcons 91-79 on a 1-2 finish in the final relay.  Sparta Boys now stand at 2-3 and the Girls improve to 3-2.

Sparta Boys front loaded the meet and jumped out to an early lead winning the 200 Medley Relay and going 1-3 in the 200 Freestyle by Chris Rudel and senior Nick Carlucci to take a 17-12 lead.  Sparta kept up the pace with wins by Cody Matheson in the 50 Freestyle and Tim Johnson in the 100 Butterfly.  Matheson then returned to the pool to win the 100 Freestyle, followed by Rudel enjoying his second victory of the night in the 500 Freestyle.  Sparta then closed out the meet with a 1-2 finish in the 200 Freestyle Relay by Peter Valario, Mishka Mysh, Ben Lee and Roi Mase taking first and Jack Donahue, Erik Fredricksen, Michael Tartaglia and David Nein placing second.

Emily Bettano, Lindsay Rippey and Elizabeth Smith lead the girls with double individual victories. Bettano was victorious in the 200 Freestyle and 100 Butterfly.  Rippey took the 50 Freestyle and the 100 Breaststroke, while Smith won the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyle.  Emily Johnson also had an individual win in the 100 Backstroke.

Despite leading from the start, Jefferson was able to tie the meet after the 200 Freestyle Relay.  Sparta's duo of Johnson and Katya Jouravlev went 1-2 in the 100 Backstroke to put Sparta up by four points.  Though Jefferson closed the gap to 79-77 going into the final relay, Sparta slammed the door in the 400 Freestyle Relay with Bettano, Ashley Smetana, Jouravlev and Rippey taking the win and Valerie Russo, Christine Galley, Johnson and Smith's second place finish sealed the  victory.

The Spartans will participate in the Skylands Invitational on Saturday at 9 a.m. and will face High Point on Thursday, January 23rd, at 6 p.m.  Both meets will at the Kittatinny pool.

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