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SWIMMING: Woodhaven edges Carlson in “Make Waves Against Cancer” Meet

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On a night dedicated to cancer research and the memory of Matthias Knox, the Carlson-Anderson Co-op and Woodhaven boys’ swimming teams each performed well enough to win. However only one of Knox’s former high schools could come away with the victory, and that was Woodhaven, who edged the Marauders 95-88 on Thursday night.

Knox, who passed away of cancer a few years back, was a swimmer at Woodhaven and then a swimming coach for Carlson. Swimmers on each team honored Knox and the fight against cancer by drawing cancer ribbons in black sharpie over their hearts.

“Our assistant coach Blake Bannon, he was basically like his big brother on the team,” said Woodhaven Coach Tarran Johnson-Lemieux of Knox. “Coach Bannon always talks very passionately about this meet and how important it is to us and we appreciate Carlson for organizing this whole thing and making it happen.”

Kicking off the “Make Waves Against Cancer” event was the 200 yard medley relay, a race won by Carlson’s A team in 1:55.03. The team consisted of Thomas Jozwiak, Alec Penland, Ryan Owen, and Jacob Mastrogiacomo.

Carlson kept rolling in the 200 yard freestyle, specifically Matthew Anderson, who placed first with a time of 1:56.09.

The Warriors would bounce back to take the next three events including the 200 yard IM, won by Wesley Moilanen with a time of 2:17.03. In the 50 yard freestyle, the Warriors placed three of the top four swimmers; Zachary Rodriguez (25.44), Phillip Menna (26.45), and Tyler Ford (27.44). Mastrogiacomo came in second for the Marauders with a time of 26.22.

Woodhaven’s diving team of Brandon Vaughan, Caleb Keyes, and Pavan Dave won the 1 meter diving competition by default, due to the lack of a Carlson diving team.

In the sixth event of the evening, Ryan Owen of the Marauders took the 100 yard fly with a time of 28.70 just seconds after it was announced he had won the “Dash for Cash” event for Carlson, a race in the stands between Woodhaven and Carlson to collect as many donations as they could in sixty seconds. The teams combined to raise $290.27 at the conclusion of the race.

Much like he did in the 200 yard freestyle, Matthew Anderson won the 100 yard freestyle with a first-place time of 24.53, just beating out Woodhaven’s Moilanen, who finished with a time of 24.76.

The Warriors then came through big with a win in the 500 yard freestyle. Ryan Wiencek and David Mills finished first and second, with times of 5:37.23 and 5:50.09, respectively.

Carlson’s 200 yard freestyle relay A team responded by winning the ninth event of the night. The team of Owen, Mastrogiacomo, Anderson, and Zack Whitaker finished with a time of 1:41.81, however the Warriors placed second and third to soften the blow.

In the 100 yard backstroke, Jozwiak placed first for the Marauders with a time of 29.74, but again, the Warriors placed second and third. Corbin Desjardins (34.27) and Tyler Ford (34.89) helped Woodhaven earn some points back and essentially wrapped up the win for the Warriors.

Penland came through for Carlson in the 100 yard breaststroke with a first-place time of 32.44, and the Marauders team of Penland, Anderson, Jozwiak, and Owen placed first in the 400 yard freestyle relay with a finals time of 3:45.04, but the damage had been done by that point, and the Warriors left Gibraltar with the 95-88 win.

Johnson-Lemieux said he was pleased with his team’s performance, especially since they had been swimming shorthanded.

“We swam a great meet, we had been missing some guys lately so we had to have a couple of our young, new guys pick up some slack for us and they won us this meet,” he said. “Our top guys did what they needed to do but it was our bottom guys who moved a lot faster.

“Hector Ruiz, a freshman, the second time swimming in the 500, he dropped over a minute today and got fifth place,” Johnson-Lemieux said. “Our motto is ‘one point.’ One point makes a difference, and a lot of our guys got us one point tonight.”

Woodhaven moves to 7-3 with the win, while the Marauders fall to 3-4.

Carlson Coach Amy Kleinsmith had some kind words for Coach Knox, and said she believes the schools combined to raise between $600-$700 towards cancer research.

“I was Coach Knox’s assistant coach for two years and the energy he brought to this pool deck was amazing, these boys were running to practice,” Kleinsmith said. “He has definitely been greatly missed. A lot of our swimmers don’t remember him cause it’s been so many years but we talk about him every year and I think a good way to put it is, they remember the memory of him.”

Last Updated: 1/31/2014 12:14:06 AM EST