BAY CITY — Because the Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing varsity boys’ swim team has a pair of Big Nine matchups to get through before competing at the league meet later this month, coach Kevin McGlashen was hoping to use the squad’s final non-conference contest of 2011-12 at Bay City Western on Tuesday to help the team get ready for what lies ahead. While the Cavs got plenty of hard-earned experience that night, they also got beat, 101-85.
Setting the example early on for Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing by winning the 200 medley relay in 1:53.88 was Blake McDonald, Pat Sharp, Mike Johns and Nick Price. In the 50 free, Johns was second in 44.46 and taking the top three spots in the diving competition were Chris Michael, Brian Mendoza and Deiondre Smith with scores of 151.85, 140.44 and 133.30, respectively. Johns was also able to finish second for the Cavs in the 100 fly at 1:00.00, Sharp was the runner up in the 100 free at 54.13 and Tyler Pangerl grabbed the second space in the 100 backstroke at 1:08.89. Another bright spot for Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing was Sharp placing second in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.67.
In the Cavaliers second-to-last home meet of 2011-12, Royal Oak came to town last Thursday, only to get sent home on the wrong end of a 100-80 decision.
Getting things going for Carman- Aisnworth/Flushing in the 200 free was Jake Ziaya in first place in 2:10.11 and Casey McNally in second in 2:11.19, Sharp won the 50 free in 23.47 and grabbing the top two spots in the diving competition were Mendoza with 165.20 points and Michael with a score of 141.60.
As for the 100 fly, it was Johns who won the event for the Cavaliers in 59.61 and Anthony Summers wasn’t far behind in 1:04.4, Kevin Borse slid into the number one slot in the 100 free in 56.52 and in the 500 free, McNally was victorious with a time of 6:03.23. Sharp managed to swipe the first position in the 100 breaststroke for Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing in 1:08.48, as well.
A trip to Flint Metro League rival Brandon on Jan. 31 turned out to be a much tighter affair that saw the Cavaliers getting edged out, 96-90.
While the results weren’t quite what McGlashen and crew were hoping for, Carman-Ainsworth/Flushing still had several highlights to be proud of that included Johns winning the 200 free in 2:00.63, Sharp was second in the 50 free in 23.25 and Evan Snyder was the runner up in the 200 IM by clocking in at 2:26.31. Johns was also able to finish second in the 100 fly with a mark of 59.66 for the Cavs, Price took top honors in the 100 free in 54.88 and completing the 500 free in 5:42.57 to come in second was Snyder.
In the 200 backstroke Tyler Pangerl found himself posting a time of 1:09.91 to put up a second-place showing against the Blackhawks and giving a first-place performance in the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.85 was Sharp.
The Cavs will take on Davison for the final time in Big Nine competition today and welcome Powers to town on Feb. 16 before wrapping up the regular season on Feb. 23 at Kearsley for the league meet hosted by Davison.