Norwich 87, Greene 77
NORWICH - In the battle for Chenango County supremacy, Norwich’s abbreviated lineup proved that quality was enough to overcome its lack of quantity in a 10-point victory over Greene Friday.
The Purple Tornado had just 11 swimmers on hand, and three – Ravyn Benedict, Erin Gawronski, and Mary Beth Ward – turned in personal-best times. Ward sliced five seconds off her best time to win the 200-yard freestyle, Norwich’s second win of the night. Gawronski had four overall wins on the evening including a new career-low 1:04.63 in the 100 butterfly. Benedict was a winner in the 100 backstroke, Lexi Laundry captured the 500 freestyle, while Nicole Mealey added a win in the 100 breaststroke.
“We had a reduced lineup, and Greene was able to accumulate some depth points to keep it close,” said Norwich coach Kevin Diefenbacher. “It was a good meet all around, we just came out on top in this one.”
Greene was lead by freestyle sprinter Julia Arboit. Arboit was a winner in the 50- and 100-yard freestyles.
Norwich is at Johnson City Tuesday and visits Windsor Friday.
200-yard medley relay: Norwich (Ravyn Benedict, Nicole Mealey, Erin Gawronski, Alexis Laundry) 2:09.77; 200 freestyle: Marybeth Ward (N) 2:16.81; 200 individual medley: Gawronski (N) 2:21.67. 50 freestyle: Julia Arboit (G) 26.76; Diving: T. Wahlers (G) 100.45; 100 butterfly: Gawronski (N) 1:04.63; 100 freestyle: J. Arboit (G) 1:01.42. 500 freestyle: Laundry (N) 6:25.03; 200 free relay: Greene (M. Pavlovich, A. Platta, Arboit, K. Yanusas) 1:56.53; 100 backstroke: Benedict (N) 1:11.00; 100 breaststroke: Mealey (N) 1:30.21; 400 freestyle relay: Norwich (Gawronski, Ward, Rachel Zieno, Courtney Lewellyn) 4:19.55.
Norwich 4, Seton Catholic Central 3
NORWICH – With the match hanging in the balance, Norwich third doubles players Danielle Williams and Savannah Williams came through in the clutch.
After narrowly edging Seton’s Krissy Hudy and McCayla Kenny in the opening set, 7-5, the Williams’ – first cousins – were extended to a tiebreaker before rolling to a 7-2 tie-break victory.
“With the final point on the line, it doesn’t often come down to the third doubles match,” said Norwich coach John Stewart. “I am happy for (Danielle and Savannah). They held up under the pressure.”
Norwich had a decisive edge in the singles winning three out of four points. Breanna Cashman and Makenzie Maynard controlled their matches at second and third singles, while eighth-grader Caroline Stewart – facing a senior – rallied from deficits in each of the sets to beat the Saints’ Lauren Miller, 6-4, 6-4.
“This was a great win for us,” Coach Stewart said. “I told the girls we’re a good team, and to be a great team, you need to be pushed. Seton pushed us today, but we came through in a tight match.”
Norwich (4-0) hosts Chenango Forks today at 4 p.m.
Singles: Abby Galyon (S) d. Jenni Borfitz 6-3, 6-2; Breanna Cashmen (N) d. Maya Haykel 6-1, 6-4; Makenzie Maynard (N) d. Alina Galyon 6-4, 6-3; Caroline Stewart (N) d. Lauren Miller 6-4, 6-4.