Norwich swimmers win close meet; Oxford avenges early-season loss to Hancock

Norwich 75, Windsor 73

WINDSOR – Beaten in the final event last weekend against Oneonta, Norwich rebounded with its third win of the season – a two-point victory at Windsor Thursday.

The Tornado won the first seven events of the meet with Rachel Zieno, Erin Gawronski, Cara Martin, Kaitlyn Darling, Krissy Stroh, and Kerstin Franklin helping establish an early lead.

Norwich padded the lead with a victory in the 200-yard freestyle relay as Franklin, Makenzie Williams, Taylor Zieno, and Sara Loomis teamed for a victory.


200-yard medley relay: Norwich (Julia Simcoe, Makenzie Williams, Kerstin Franklin, Krissy Stroh) 2:09.38; 200 freestyle: Rachel Zieno (N) 2:27.94; 200 individual medley: Erin Gawronski (N) 2:34.72; 50 freestyle: Cara Martin (W) 27.42; Diving: Kaitlyn Darling (N) 120.85; 100 butterfly: Franklin (N) 1:12.72; 100 freestyle: Stroh (N) 1:01.76; 500 freestyle: Martin (W) 6:01.08; 200 free relay: Norwich (Franklin, Williams, Taylor Zieno, Sara Loomis ) 1:55.31; 100 backstroke: Laura Barnes (W) 1:15.67; 100 breaststroke: Casey Mullins (W) 1:22.96; 400 freestyle relay: Windsor (Mackenzie Mullins, Kaitlan Abdullah, Miranda Park, Brianna Mills) 5:17.47.

Field Hockey

Oxford 1, Hancock 0

HANCOCK – Amanda Marks waited a long time for a second chance, and she made the most of that opportunity.

Marks cashed in on a penalty stroke with 5:45 in regulation, and Oxford posted the shutout win on Thursday to avenge an early-season defeat to the Wildcats.

“Amanda had a penalty stroke earlier this season, and she muffed that one,” said Oxford coach Missy Chrystie recalling Marks’ first stroke attempt. “I wanted to give her a chance at redemption, and this one was just a beautiful shot.”

Oxford created the penalty stroke in Hancock’s defensive circle when the Hancock goalie made a save and used her hands to do it. Field hockey regulations prohibit the use of one’s hands to make a save, Chrystie said. “We definitely had more chances in this game, and it was back and forth for both teams,” she said. “We’ve been a defensive-minded team this season, and it was nice to put some points on the board.”

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