2011-01-27 / Sports

Brewster Swimmers Pick Up Win Over Peekskill

Dan Kruze
  SWIMMING
BREWSTER     54
Peekskill     34


Brewster’s Niki Tchobanov in recent action. 
Photos by B.J. O’Brien Brewster’s Niki Tchobanov in recent action. Photos by B.J. O’Brien

BREWSTER—With their season winding down, the Brewster-John Jay swim team shuffled their lineup around and came away with an easy win over Peekskill on Wednesday. They stopped scoring with three events left, but at the time the Bears (7-2) were up 54-34.

“It was a comfortable win for us,” coach Clare Carr said. “They’ve been steadily improving all season, and they’re getting used to working as a team. They’re working harder on their relays, their finishes and their starts.”

The Bears took the top two spots in eight of the 12 events, including all three relays. The team of Donnie McLoughlin, Niki Tchobanov, Charlie Carr and Steve LePere won the medley relay with a time of 1:56, while Max Delin, Matt Kaufman, Dan Fulop and Mike Quinn took second, finishing in 2:01.3.

In the 200 meter freestyle relay, the team of LePere, Delin, Quinn and Kaufman took first in 1:49, while Niall O’Callaghan, Andre Faivre, Florian Perret and Sam Johnson finished second with a time of 155.1.

Carr used the 400 meter freestyle relay as a chance to mix things up and still came away with the top two finishes. Perret was joined by Oleg Mykytyuk, Mark Stein and Tom Vandoran took the top spot with a time of 4:41.3. Second place went to the team of Dan LePere, Patrick Chastant, Faivre and Chris Curro with a time of 4:50.6.

“Those kids are solid freestylers,” Carr said. “These kids go to practice all the time, and they may be overlooked, but they’re solid swimmers, they come to practice and they work hard. They did really well, they were psyched.”

The Bears also mixed things up a little in the individual events as well. Tchobanov swam in the 100 meter breaststroke for the first time all season, and won with a time of 1:08.1, which was good enough to qualify for the upcoming sectionals meet. Kaufman took second in the event with a time of 1:11.3. Tchobanov’s time of 2:24.3, earned him first in the individual medley.

“Niki is a breaststroker,” Carr said. “He does breast stroke for me in the medley relay. I knew that he would make sectional cuts, but I need him in other events.”

Normally Tchobanov swims in the 500 meter freestyle, but this time the Bears turned to McLoughlin and Johnson who took the top spots. McLoughlin’s time of 6:11.7, put him less than half ahead second of Johnson.

McLoughlin and Johnson also finished in the top two spots in the 200 meter freestyle, with McLoughlin finishing in 2:14.4, just a tenth of a second ahead of Johnson.

Quinn and Delin took the top spots in the 50 meter freestyle, with Quinn’s time of 24.1 earning him first place. Quinn also finished third in the 100 meter freestyle with a time of 57.9, while Steve LePere finished in 57.1 for second.

In the 100 meter butterfly, Carr’s time of 59.9 earned him first, while Fulop finished second in 1:07.9. Carr also won the 100 meter backstroke with a time of 1:02.3.

The Bears were scheduled to swim against Our Lady of Lourdes, but it was cancelled due to the weather. They are working on scheduling a makeup date, but nothing is set. If the Lourdes meet is not rescheduled, the Bears’ next meet will be the divisional meet on Feb. 5.

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