The Knights opened the swimming dual meet season Saturday with victories for both the SHS boys’ and girls’ teams.
The Sandwich girls battled to an 84-79 victory over Pope John Paul II at the Barnstable YMCA, while the boys’ team easily topped a reduced Lions’ squad 72-14.
The Sandwich girls’ took a 10-4 lead after the opening event, with the team of Kyra Crossman, Emily McMahon, Kaitlyn Scott and Sarah Briggs swimming to a first-place finish in the medley relay with a time of 2:10.48.
The Knights held a six-point lead until the butterfly, won by Scott (1:07.40), increased the lead to 41-34. The Lions tied the meet with first- and third-place finishes in the 500 freestyle at 52-52 and then took a 60-58 lead over Sandwich with a win in the 200 freestyle relay.
A strong performance in the backstroke by the Knights, with Crossman (1:12.78) swimming second, Briggs (1:16.47) third and Bridget Carl (1:30.88) fourth, once again tied the meet, (67-67).
McMahon’s victory in the breaststroke (1:21.35) and solid supporting finishes by Katie Greenhalgh (1:44.75) for third and Theresa McMahon (1:48.00) for fourth gave Sandwich a 78-71 lead entering the final event. The Lions won the 400 freestyle relay, but a second-place finish by the team of Crossman, Emily McMahon, Briggs and Scott (4:20.22) and a third-place swim from Mariah Lang, Christina Murray, Katie Hurley and Cathy Dennis (4:49.25) was enough for the win.
The Sandwich boys only saw competition in two events before they stopped taking points. Mike Allen (26.18) won the 50 freestyle, with Ben Carlson (26.72) second. Dan Fortier (1:09.25) took the top spot in the backstroke, with Carlson (1:12.53) second.