Garnets Fall to Greeley in Clash of the Titans

Horace Greeley and Rye put their undefeated records on the line January 19 in a battle of aquatic giants at SUNY Purchase. Although a handful of races were decided by airtight margins, the Quakers – reigning Section 1 champs – defeated the Garnets 105-79.

“This was our first loss of the season, so we’re still in good shape for Sectionals,” said senior captain Ben Rubenstein, a 2008-09 All-American. “We’ll stay positive, continue to improve and our swimmers will step up.”

Chris Lyons

The tone of the contest was set in the opening race when Horace Greeley’s 200-yard medley relay team touched out the Garnets by a tenth of a second. Rye junior All-American Kevin Hughes responded in the second race, however, by edging Matt Hadley in the 200-yard freestyle. Hughes also won the 500-yard freestyle. The marathon event ended with the Garnet just under three seconds ahead of the Quakers’ Taegan Clark.

Rye’s third returning All-American from last season, junior Chris Lyons, was barely touched out in the 100-meter freestyle event. He exploded out of the gate, but finished with a 48.59 to fellow all-American Hadley’s 48.55. Lyons placed second in the 200-yard IM as well.

Kevin Hughes

In the diving portion of the contest, Rye’s James Mastroloni earned his team the victory by utilizing both power and grace off the board.

The Garnets’ fourth and final victory of the night came in the 200-yard freestyle relay, featuring the dream team of Rubenstein, Hughes, Lyons and senior captain Ben Palais. Palais anchored the unit, and knifed to the finish line fin a time of 1:32.85. The victory cut Greeley’s lead to 79-61, but the Quakers took command shortly after.

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