Depth of lineup key to Sea Dragons 99-79 victory over Fonda-Johnstown

Fonda-Johnstown’s Abby Rizzo swims toward victory in the 200-yard freestyle in a Foothills Council meet against Gloversville-Mayfield Thursday at the Gloversville Middle School pool. (The Leader-Herald/James A. Ellis)

GLOVERSVILLE — The Gloversville-Mayfield and Fonda-Johnstown swim teams both earned six victories in Thursday’s Foothills Council meet at the Gloversville Middle School pool.

The depth of the Sea Dragons squad proved to be the difference as the pulled out the 99-79 victory over FoJo.

“Gloversville’s depth was too much for Fonda-Johnstown to overcome,” Fonda-Johnstown coach Ken Hoefs said. “We split the first place finishes but [Gloversville-Mayfield] had more second and third-place finished, which was what decided the meet. Fonda-Johnstown had many swimmers improve their personal best times for the season and swimming against Gloversville does that.”

Mariana Benvenuto picked up a pair of individual victories for Gloversville-Mayfield, taking top honors in the 200 IM and the 100-yard butterfly.

Fonda-Johnstown’s Abigail Rizzo also was a double winner, topping the podium in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events.

Also posting individual victories for Fonda-Johnstown were Scout Huckans in the 50-yard freestyle and Angelina Atwood in the 100-yard freestyle.

Sydney Yates claimed the victory in the 100-yard backstroke for the Seas Dragons, while Isabell Embree won the 100-yard breaststroke and Novelana Rivera won the 1-meter diving.

Yates, Miracle Conyne, Benvenuto and Abigail Seltzer teamed up to win the 200-yard medley relay for Gloversville-Mayfield.

Jenna Weaver, Emma VanGorder, Atwood and Rizzo combined to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, while the team of Rizzo, Atwood, Julia Norris and Huckans touched first in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Gloversville-Mayfield 99, Fonda-Johnstown 79

200 medley relay: Gloversville-Mayfield (Yates, Conyne, Benvenuto, Seltzer), 2:16.61.

200 freestyle: 1. Abigail Rizzo (FJ), 2:27.99.

200 individual medley: 1. Mariana Benvenuto (GM), 2:26.82.

50 freestyle: 1. Scout Huckans (FJ), 28.42.

1-meter diving: 1. Novelana Rivera (GM), 119.

100 butterfly: 1. Mariana Benvenuto (GM), 1:04.43.

100 freestyle: 1. Angelina Atwood (FJ), 1:06.10.

500 freestyle: 1. Abigail Rizzo (FJ), 6:42.22.

200 freestyle relay: Fonda-Johnstown (Weaver, VanGorder, Atwood, Rizzo), 2:03.89.

100 backstroke: Sydney Yates (GM), 1:13.05.

100 breaststroke: 1. Isabell Embree (GM), 1:33.32.

400 freestyle relay: Fonda-Johnstown (Rizzo, Atwood, Norris, Huckans), 4:32.81.

By Paul Wager

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