Red Raiders Finally Get Out Of The Blocks, Tame Tigers In Season-Opening Meet
By: Tom Moran Jr.
The Barnstable High girls’ swimming team finally had a reason to get wet and the Red Raiders made sure their season opener was a good one by topping host Taunton 57-37 at the Boys and Girls Club of Taunton pool on Tuesday.
Although the winter sports season is just about a month old, this was the Red Raiders' first dual meet of the season and they went right after the Tigers, chalking up first place finishes in seven events.
Barnstable’s 200 medley relay team of Rachel Butler, Lindsay Partin, Hayley Weik and Rainnie Kelly gave the Red Raiders a lead they would not give up, combining to take first place with a time of 2:04 and the foursome of Grace Boudreau, Jess Dooling, Christi Partin and Lucey Gorrill padded the BHS lead by finishing in third place in a time of 2:33.
Kelly and Christi Partin teamed up to give the Red Raiders two scoring finishes in the 200 freestyle with Kelly finishing second in a time of 2:15 and Partin claiming third with her time of 2:36.
The Barnstable lead got a bit bigger after Butler swam her way to a second place finish in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:25 while teammate Emma Gauthier took fourth place with her time of 3:08.
Weik added another first-place finish to her meet resume by swimming her way to a first-place finish in the 50 freestyle with a time of :27.29 with teammate Julia Wareham following her in, taking second place in a time of :28.28.
Wiek and Kelsey Rudeck then combined to take care of the Barnstable scoring in the 100 butterfly with Wiek finishing in second place in a time of 1:06 while Rudeck grabbed a third-place finish with her time of 1:16.
Meghan Mamlock showed she’s not just a volleyball star but a big-time swimmer as well when she gave the Red Raiders the first-place points in the 100 freestyle by touching the wall in a time of 1:04. Teammate Cassie Cavanaugh came through with a standout effort of her own as she swam to a third-place finish with a time of 1:10.
Lindsay Partin made sure the Red Raider lead was not threatened, topping the field in the 500 freestyle with her first-place time of 5:40.88. Rainnie Kelly gave Barnstable a second scoring finish in the event when she took third place with a time of 6:11.82.
The BHS 200 freestyle relay team of Wareham, Mamlock, Taylor Brochu and Camille Young came through with a second-place finish in the event, combining for a time of 1:55.94 after which Young also swam her way to a first-place finish in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:09 and Partin registered another first-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Barnstable also got standout efforts from the 200 relay teams of Hannah Maciolek, Grace Boudreau, Olivia Brodt and Sam Zaino (2:24) and Thaina Oliveira, Jaeleigh Hidenfelter, Hannah Soares and Jess Duane (2:36.6).
The Red Raiders also got a third-place finish in the backstroke event from Lucey Gorrill, who finished in a time of 1:24, as well as a second place finish in the breaststroke from Picabo Miskiv, who touched the wall in a time of 1:27.
Butler, Lindsay Partin, Weik and Brochu put the final touch on the season-opening victory when they combined to win the 400 freestyle relay in a time of 4:09.
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