FLINT TWP. — The holidays were kind to the Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing varsity boys’ swim team, allowing them a two-week break from the pool.
That well-deserved respite came to an end last Thursday, though, as the combined squad from Lapeer West and Lapeer East arrived in town for a non-conference contest that saw Cavaliers’ coach Kevin McGlashen’s team rise to the occasion on its way to a 98- 77 victory.
Setting an early example for Carman- Ainsworth by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:54.67 was Tyler Pangerl, Patrick Sharp, Mike Johns and Nick Price, coming in third for the event in 2:03.79 was Blake McDonald, Jordan Michael, Kent Crawley and Evan Snyder, and placing first, third and fourth in the 200 free with times of 2:06.37, 2:14.56 and 2:24.13 were Jake Ziaya, Casey McNally and Paul Lucky, respectively.
In the 200 IM Nick Price was second in 2:27.03 and Erick Vanduyne fourth at 2:52.73, in the 50 free Mike Johns clocked in at :24.36 to finish first, Austin Bower was second in :24.77 and taking fourth in :27.01 was Vinh Dang. In the diving competition Brian Mendoza was the winner with 154.8 points and Chris Michael was second with 136.85.
As for the 100 fly, for CA/Flushing it was Johns who topped the charts with a mark of 1:00.97 and Anthony Summers was third in 1:05.72. In the 100 free Tyler Arnold was the runner-up at :56.61 and Pangerl third in 1:02.92, Snyder was victorious in the 500 free in 5:42.28 and Vanduyne wasn’t far behind in 6:13.34 to grab the third spot. In the 200 free relay Kevin Borse, Michael, Johns and Sharp were first in 1:39.46 and placing third in 1:46.97 were Matthew Hickey, Austin Bower, Dang and Anthony Zofchak.
With showings of 1:09.99 and 1:14.15 McDonald and Pangerl took the first and third slots in the 100 backstroke, Sharp and Crawley swiped the top two positions in the 100 breaststroke in 1:08.34 and 1:17.65 and Arnold, Summers, Nick Price and Snyder won the 400 free relay in 3:54.88 and Anthony Zofchak, Michael, Borse and Pangerl were third in 4:07.52.
“Honestly, I have never seen a more outstanding display of sportsmanship from any team,” said Lapeer coach Pat Thomas. “Carman-Ainsworth has 40 kids and I have 14. When my relays were in the pool, their swimmers not in the pool came down to my lanes and the sides of the pool and were cheering my swimmers on. That’s class. I’m sure Kevin (McGlashen) didn’t ask them to do that, he just runs a quality program and the kids did it on their own.”
Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing hosts Davison today for a Big Nine matchup prior to competing at the Genesee County Meet at Fenton on Jan. 19-21.