Warriors, Red Raiders open 2015 with wins

Caln — After coming off their holiday hiatus, Coatesville and West Chester Henderson’s swimming programs got back to Ches-Mont League National Division action on Wednesday afternoon. In the girls meet the Warriors were victorious 104-68, while in the boys meet the Red Raiders won 105-81.

Henderson’s girls’ team showed no sign of rust. They took first place the opening nine events. No one skipped a beat more than Rachel Hazard. Hazard took first place in 100-yard freestyle and was a part of the winning 200-medley relay.

“I thought today was good. Starting off the New Year with a win is always good for our team’s motivation,’ Hazard said.

Abby Kosic also had a strong night. She took first-place honors in the 50 freestyle, and was on the 200-freestyle relay team.

Not only did the Warriors (3-1, 4-1) swim well, they showed how diverse their swimmers strokes were.

“We had some kids do some different events today,’ head coach Jeff Bott said. “The kids raced really hard, and they competed really hard. We worked really hard over the break and I thought they did a great job today.’

Hazard believed that changing up the events will help their team as they tackle the remainder of their season.

“We tried mixing it up today. We tried some different events. Our goal out there was to try our hardest and have fun,’ Hazard said.

The Red Raiders (0-3, 0-4) were led by Taylor Morgan and Kristin Bria. Morgan won the 100 backstroke, and Bria won the 100 breaststroke.

In the boys meet Coatesville (3-0, 4-0) won 10 of the 12 events in the meet. No one shined more for the Red Raiders than RJ Hammond. The senior claimed first in the 200-individual medley, and was a part of the winning 200 medley, and 400-freestyle relay teams.

“I think each meet is the same as always,’ Hammond said. “You get hyped, you think about what you are going to do, and go hard. I was thinking about this meet all day. I just could not wait for school to end and start racing.’

The win served as a great test for head coach David Morris’s team.

“I thought the guys did a real nice job today. We have been training really hard, and we were going up against a tough team but they found a way to go out there and race well,’ Morris said.

The one bright spot for the Warriors (2-2, 4-2) was Dan Kramp’s first-place finish in the diving competition. Kramp finished 11 points higher than second place finisher, teammate, Thomas Schmidt.

“It comes down to a lot of practice,’ Kramp said. “Moving forward you just try and erase the bad dives and continue to get better.’

Up next Coatesville will host Kennett Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Henderson returns home to face off against their Ches-Mont National foe Downingtown West on January 15th.

West Chester Henderson 104, Coatesville 68

Girls Results

200-yard medley relay — West Chester Henderson (Campbell, Stepchuk, Pitt, Hazard) 2:02.04; 200 freestyle — Pitt (WCH) 2:09.47; 200 IM — Campbell (WCH) 2:26.50; 50 freestyle — Kosic (WCH) 25.46; diving — Schaeffer (WCH) 225.70; 100 butterfly — Marlin (WCH) 1:05.09; 100 freestyle — Hazard (WCH) :57.49; 500 freestyle — Campbell (WCH) 5:47.36; 200 freestyle relay — West Chester Henderson (Ricci, Zalanick, Marlin, Kosic) 1:49.86; 100 backstroke — Morgan (C) 1:11. 31; 100 breaststroke — Bria (C) 1:18.50; 400 freestyle relay — Coatesville (Harris, Morgan, Stokes, Mehl) 4:28.56.

Coatesville 105, West Chester Henderson 81

Boys Results

200-meter medley relay — Coatesville (Furcon, Asadi, Hammond, Brown) 1:43.29; 200 freestyle — Schroeder (C) 1:51.43; 200 IM — Hammond (C) 2:04.59; 50 freestyle — Furcon (C) 22.67; diving — Kramp (WCH) 222.20; 100 butterfly — Lucash (C) :59.83; 100 freestyle — Brown (C) 51.39; 500 freestyle — Schroeder (C) 5:02.18; 200 freestyle relay — Coatesville (Brown, Nika, Stokes, Asadi) 1:35.56; 100 backstroke — Furcon (C) :56.51; 100 breaststroke — Fruhwirth (WCH) 1:05.72; 400 freestyle relay — Coatesville (Hammond, Schroeder, Brown, Furcon) 3:29.96.

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