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Morris swimmers get off to a fast start

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT
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(Mark Johnson – mjohnson@shawmedia.com)
Jackson Riley competes in the 100 backstroke Tuesday for the Morris boys swimming and diving team. Riley won the event with a time of 1:10.64, helping the Redskins defeat Joliet 112-52 in their home pool.
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(Mark Johnson – mjohnson@shawmedia.com)
Jordan Ramirez competes in the 100 fly Tuesday for the Morris boys swimming and diving team. Ramirez won the event with a time of 1:06.34, helping the Redskins defeat Joliet 112-52 in their home pool.

Jacob Beaudin and Jackson Riley were part of four wins, each, as Morris routed Joliet, 118-60, on Tuesday in its boys swimming and diving opener in its home pool.

Riley and teammate Jordan Ramirez, who was part of three wins, debuted with personal bests in the first meet of the season. Riley’s was a 2:37.86 in the 200 IM, and Ramirez’s was a 1:06.34 in the 100 fly.

Even when Riley was not at his best, he was victorious Tuesday. His time of 1:10.64 in the 100 backstroke was nearly eight seconds faster than the second-place finisher.

“The first meet is usually one of my best meets, and I dropped like two seconds in my IM,” Riley said. “I didn’t quite get the time I wanted with my backstroke, but if I keep practicing, I can get there. I’m really surprised that I actually did that. I was just hoping to do a little bit better, but two seconds is pretty good.”

Riley and Ramirez teamed up with Beaudin and Jimmy Meridieth to win a pair of relays. The four had a time of 2:02.69 in the 200 medley relay and a time of 1:52.41 in the 200 free relay.

Beaudin contributed individual wins in the 50 free, with a time of 25.84, and the 100 free, with a time of 58.35. Meridieth earned a win with a time of 1:20.52 in the 100 breast stroke, and Angel Algarin added another with his diving score of 154.

“Overall, I was incredibly impressed with what I saw. We had a lot of guys put up some great swims,” Morris coach Andrew Porth said. “Beaudin swam real well; we expected that. Jackson Riley did a great job today. He’s made a ton of progress. I’m very excited for our 200 medley relay.”

Morris received second-place times of 4:47.05 from Stephen Motter, Ian Bashor, Sean Smith and Justin Lizalek in the 400 free relay (4:47.05); 2:50.35 from Meridieth in the 200 IM; 26.64 from Ramirez in the 50 free; and 2:25.56 from Smith in the 200 free. Kevin Sheridan’s 114.65 earned him second-place in diving.

The junior varsity Redskins made it a sweep, defeating Joliet, 80-59. Lucas Riley was part of three wins, combining with Jacob Davids, Gavin Leake and Michael Kren to swim the 400 free relay in 5:37.68, and finishing the 100 IM in 1:21.06 and the 50 back in 37.92. Dallas Hastings of Morris won the 50 breast in 46.89.

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