Morris defeats Plainfield in return from break
In its return from a 28-day break from competition, the Morris boys swimming and diving team defeated Plainfield Central, 96-87, on Tuesday night at home.
Morris won 10 of the 12 events, getting two individual wins each from Jake Beaudin, Jackson Riley and Sean Smith and relay wins in the 200-meter freestyle and the 400 free.
Since its last meet, which was Dec. 17 at Fenton, Morris held practices every weekday except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. It is scheduled to compete three times this week and twice in each of the four weeks after that.
“I really liked just seeing how we came out after having a month off from us competing. I really liked how our divers are progressing,” Morris coach Andrew Porth said. “It’s just kind of good to get back into a competitive mode, and I’m anxious to see those times drop.”
Times that produced two individual wins per competitor were a 26.4 seconds in the 50 free and a 1:01.3 in the 100 free from Beaudin; a 2:37.01 in the 200 IM and a 1:11.04 in the 100 back from Riley; and a 2:22.7 in the 200 free and a 5:17.51 in the 400 free from Smith.
Beaudin, Riley, Smith and Jordan Ramirez also teamed up with to produce winning times of 1:52.94 in the 200 free relay and 4:19.8 in the 400 free relay. Ramirez added an individual win with a time of 1:07.59 in the 100 fly, as did Joe Perez with a score of 168.3 in diving.
“I did pretty good in my 400,” Smith said. “My 50 time, I think I did my best time in a meter pool, so I’m pretty proud of myself for doing good today. I am pretty happy. I don’t think we’ve lost one yet. We’re a very good team.”
Of the four Morris second-place finishes, one of particular note was Ian Bashor’s in the 100 breast. He never had competed in that event in a varsity meet.
“I did a lot of practice at practice, but yeah, I was surprised and happy that I got second place just because I had never swum it,” Bashor said. “I hope [to swim the event in the future]. I did pretty well, I guess, but I can always do better.”
Also second for the Redskins was their 200 medley relay team with a time of 2:11.87, Angel Algarin with a score of 159.75 in diving and Ramirez with a time of 27.62 in the 50 free.
Morris swept, taking the junior varsity meet by a 66-56 final.