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Watkins swimmers beat Odessa

ODESSA―The Odessa-Montour girls varsity swim team lost to the visiting Watkins Glen team, Tuesday, Oct. 22. The final score was 59-35, Watkins.
For the Senecas, the medley relay team of Victoria Wixson, Katherine Meehan, Sam Gill, and Emma Allington took first (2:02.3). The four also won the 200 free relay (1:51.9). Wixson went on to a win in the 200 free (2:13.18) and 100 backstroke (1:07.5). Allington won the 50 free (26.7) and the 100 free (59.86) while Gill placed first in the 200 IM (2:33.87) and 100 fly (1:08.61).
"It was a good night for the girls, they swam some of their best times of the season. I think this meet will be good for them going into championships - they've seen their times drop and know they can keep pushing to get them down more," said Watkins Coach Kelsey Wood.
First place finishes for Odessa included: the 400 free relay team of Emelia Paulisczak, Jenelle Bleiler, Jordan Little, and Taylor Rounds (4:21.00); Little in the 500 free (6:14.58); and Bleiler in the 100 breast (1:20.06).
Second place finishes for O-M: Little in the 200 free (2:13.28 - out touched for first place by one tenth of a second); Rounds in the 50 free (27.01 - out touched for first place by three tenths of a second); Maia Rumsey in the 100 free (59.90 - out touched for first place by four one-hundreths of a second); Paulisczak in the 500 free (6:21.35); and the 200 free relay team of Bleiler, Rumsey, Little, and Rounds (1:52.47).
"The O-M girls swam a great meet tonight. There were so many races that were decided by less than a second," said Coach Terri Brace. "They fought hard through the whole meet and never gave up. I am so proud of the way the girls swam tonight. They left it all in the pool.
"Tonight we honored our seniors: Jordan Little (five year varsity swimmer), Jenelle Bleiler, Maia Rumsey, Taylor Rounds, and Courtney Neumire (all four year varsity swimmers). Their talents, versatility and competitive spirits will be greatly missed next year."