Rough Riders swim team places fourth

By David Carducci Record-Courier staff writer Published:

WOOSTER - Kent Roosevelt's swim team was just happy to get back in the water Saturday afternoon at the Northeast Aquatic Conference championship meet at Wooster High School's Ellen Shapiro Natatorium. The Rough Riders' girls team finished fourth, behind conference champion Massillon, and the boys finished fifth, behind champion Wooster. Considering Roosevelt had practiced just four times in the last two weeks due to the snow and ice that has terrorized northeast Ohio in recent weeks, coach Eric Peterson couldn't have been happier with his teams' performances. "I think both teams swam very well, but it's real hard to gauge where they should be right now because of the lack of practice," said Peterson. "It's hard when you miss so much practice time because you lose a feel for the water ... But the times were at or near where we hoped to have them in January, despite not being able to practice as much, and that's one of the reasons I thought this was a very good meet." Junior Kristin McCauslin continued her drive for a return to the state meet with an impressive conference championship, winning the open 100 breast stroke (1:09.43) and setting a personal record in taking third in the 200 intermediate (2:16.70). "The 100 breast stroke was Kristin's first conference title in any event, which is awesome," said Peterson. "She had a good swim, just about two or two and a half seconds off her personal record. In the 200 IM she bettered last year's personal record by over two seconds ... She has the potential to get to state in both events. At this point it is not automatic that she'll get to state. But there are some swimmers out there who can hope to get to state, whereas she can think about going to state and it's a rational thought." Senior Eric Terry had a solid meet for the Roosevelt boys, finishing third in both the 200 and 500 free style with times of 1:53.64 and 5:16.65, respectively. "Those are both really strong, consistent times," said Peterson. "Eric had a very good meet." McCauslin and Terry accounted for four of the Rough Riders' 14 all-conference (top six) performances. The other Roosevelt swimmers earning all-conference honors included: Katie King in the girls 200 freestyle (sixth, 2:15.20) and 100 freestyle (fifth, 59.93), Matthew Hart in the boys 200 IM (fourth, 2:14.35) and 100 fly (sixth, 1:01.54), Morgan Walker in the girls 50 freestyle (fourth, 27.38) and 100 fly (fifth, 1:09.79), Erik Nieman in the boys 50 freestyle (sixth, 23.56) and 100 freestyle (fourth, 52.51), Kody Amick in the 100 backstroke (sixth, 1:03.63), and Matt Potisuk in the 100 breast stroke (third, 1:07.77).

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