Dallas lady swimmers dominate Lake-Lehman

First Posted: 12/8/2014

DALLAS – With the way Dallas dominated Monday’s Wyoming Valley Conference girls swimming meet with visiting Lake-Lehman, the best competition turned out to be intrasquad.

Sarah Fasulka edged Abby Zolner by six-hundredths of a second in the 100-yard breaststroke to highlight a meet in which Dallas swept the top two places in all 12 events on the way to a 148-33 rout.

“That was a good race for both,” Dallas coach Romayne Mosier said. “That’s the best time for both of them in that race.”

Fasulka finished in 1:15.75, preventing Zolner from being the meet’s only four-event winner.

Five swimmers each contributed three wins, with Kaylin Augustine the only one to get two in individual events.

Augustine won the 200 freestyle by almost seven seconds and the 100 butterfly by 4.58.

Fasulka, Zolner, Lauren Finnegan and freshman Analise Cheshire had three wins, with two coming in relays. Zolner won the 200 individual medley, Finnegan the 50 freestyle and Cheshire the 100 freestyle.

“We’re just trying some different things early in the season,” Mosier said. “We’re trying to see who is where and who can do what.”

Dallas used the meet to improve to 2-0 while Lake-Lehman dropped to 0-2.

Madison Hurst won the 100 backstroke and Amanda Schwerdtman won the 500 freestyle. Each also was part of a winning relay.

Joy Nave swam a leg of the winning 400 freestyle relay.

Maddie Ross was the diving winner.

Like Zolner, when Augustine, Finnegan and Cheshire were not winning, they were adding second-place finishes in their other events.

Cheshire, who Mosier first noticed swimming as a third-grader in the Dallas Mountaineers Aquatic Club, is adapting quickly to her first year as a high school swimmer.

Hurst finished second in two individual events while Amanda Lopez, Gianna Leo and Melinda Ratchford were second in one each.

Nave, Ratchford and Krista Vivian contributed to the lopsided team score by swimming on two second-place relay teams. Lopez, Hurst and Schwerdtman were on one each.

Julia Baur, who missed second place by three-hundredths of a second in the 100 freestyle, and a pair of efforts by Jillian O’Brien represented the only third-place finishes by Lake-Lehman in individual events.

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