EagleJays defeat St. John’s 109-51
JEFFERSON — Personal growth and improvement are the primary focuses for the Jefferson/Cambridge EagleJays in the first year under coach Emily Lynch, but picking up a 109-51 victory against Delafield St. John’s Military Academy in prep boys swim on Thursday night was an exciting moment.
Jefferson/Cambridge won 10 of the 11 events in the dual.
To bring in the first win of the season, the EagleJays shuffled swimmers into unfamiliar races and had to make shifts for swimmers to fill in for teammates who needed to depart early to get to the Cambridge band concert at 7 p.m.
One of those races was the 400-yard relay team which consisted of Cade McMahon, Matthew Thoma, Alex Ellifson and Emory Hutchens. The relay team finished the race in 4 minutes, 33.59 seconds, which was almost 20 seconds faster than the second-place team.
“They’re definitely willing to step up if we have to make last-minute changes, which is good to see,” Lynch said. “They’re willing to do whatever it takes to make the team better.”
It was the first meet of the season for Hunter Eagen, who swam the third and fastest leg of the 200-yard medley relay. Eagen was joined by Thoma, Stone Farruggio and Dane Jensen, which finished the race in 1:56.57. Eagen had the fastest split (25.29) and Farruggio had the second-fastest split (:26.11).
Jensen was one of the individuals tasked with swimming in an unfamiliar race. He usually swims the 50- and 100-yard freestyle as well as the 100-yard breaststroke. He took first place in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:11.32.
Also swimming an unfamiliar event was Farruggio, who swam the 500-yard freestyle in 6:03.02. Farruggio swam a similar time on Tuesday in a Southern Lakes triple dual.
“It was encouraging to see them building and that their times were where we need them to be this time of the year,” Lynch said.
With the first dual in the win column, Lynch hopes the EagleJays can continue to grow and increase their level of competition against the more established programs in the Southern Lakes. Increasing the number of swimmers from 12 last year to 19 this year is a positive note that Lynch believes they can build on.
“That is already encouraging to have that many more people come in,” Lynch said. “Then we’re doing those fun activities and 15 minutes most days to let them have fun, I think, eventually, we’re going to get more boys who want to come in and hopefully that means we’ll keep getting better.”
Jefferson/Cambridge continues its season with a dual against McFarland on Saturday at 5 p.m.
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200-yard medley relay — Jefferson/Cambridge (Thoma, Jensen, Eagen, Farruggio), 1:56.57; 200 freestyle — Jensen, J/C, 2:11.32; 200 individual medley — Leto, J/C, 2:34.88p; 50 freestyle — Eagen, J/C, :24.4; 100 butterfly — Ellifson, J/C, 1:16.31; 100 freestyle — Eagen, J/C, :55.73; 500 freestyle — Farruggio, J/C, 6:03.02; 200 freestyle relay — Jefferson/Cambridge (Leto, Eagen, Farruggio, Jensen), 1:44.9; 100 backstroke — Thoma, J/C, 1:13.12; 100 breaststroke — Jensen, J/C, 1:13.63; 400 relay — Jefferson/Cambridge (McMahon, Thoma, Ellifson, Hutchens), 4:33.59.