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Canton swimmer end Massena win streak at 28 meets

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MASSENA - The streak is over for the Massena Central varsity girls swim team.

For the first time since October 28, 2009, the nautical Lady Raiders surfaced from a pool having suffered an NAC loss after dropping a 51-43 decision at home to Division I rival Canton.

With the win, the visiting Lady Bears became the lone remaining undefeated team in the conference at 6-0 as they ended an impressive Massena win streak that spanned 28 meets dating back to the final meet of the 2009 season. The Lady Raiders entered this season having put together back-to-back undefeated NAC seasons that culminated in two straight Section 10 titles.

In Friday’s meet, Canton opened a four-point lead with a 1-3 showing in the 200 medley relay and led 27-15 through five events before the Lady Raiders were able to cut the deficit back to four points heading into the last three races where the Lady Bears secured the win by notching a pair of firsts.

Seventh-grader Laura Hartman emerged as the leading individual scorer for Massena as the lone dual medalist of the meet, pacing the 200IM in 2:34.35 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:17.52. Also notching solo wins for the Lady Raiders were junior Baylee Carroll in the 100 freestyle with a time of 1:02.47 and sophomore Emily Hurlbut in the 200 freestyle with a time of 2:15.8.

Massena’s other first-place effort came in the 200 freestyle relay where Carroll and Hurlbut combined with senior Olivia Douglas and junior Savannah Hays to post a time of 1:54.09.

For Canton, which took third place in all but one individual event, four different swimmers notched solo wins - Dasha LaPoint in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.77 seconds, Clare Olin in the 100 butterfly with a time of 1:14.06, Angelina Domena in the 500 freestyle with a time of 6:14.53 and Rachel Huntley in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:11.63.

The quartet of Huntley, Julia Bailey, LaPoint and Domena set the tone for the meet by leading the 200 medley relay in 2:06.84. LaPoint and Domena helped seal the win by combining with Alyssa Clifford and Breda McCormick to claim the 400 freestyle relay in 4:15.66.

The Lady Raiders will look to get back on track next Thursday when the host an interdivisional meet against Edwards-Knox.

In two NAC Division II meets on Friday, Franklin Academy outscored Salmon River 65-29 and Edwards-Knox downed Gouverneur 94-68.

FA 65, Salmon River 29: At Fort Covington, three Lady Shamrocks scored wins in the losing cause. Lauren Martin paced the 200IM in 3:08.45, Clair Russell the 50 freestyle in 33.94 and Keira Brill in the 500 freestyle with a time of 7:07.32.

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