The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 8, 2013

Lakeside swimmers split with South

Dragons return to action Jan. 11 against Riverside at Madison YMCA

Star Beacon

— Lakeside’s boys swimming lost an 82-80 heartbreaker to South at University School on Saturday afternoon.

The meet was decided in the final event of the afternoon — the 400 freestyle relay. Two Lakeside relay teams in lanes 3 and 5 sandwiched South’s team in lane 4. Lakeside was winning in the first two legs of the race. However, South closed the gap and clinched the victory. The Lakeside boys are 3-1 this season.

Chip Ranck continued his super season and came in first in every individual event including 100 backstroke 1:04.62. Later in the meet, he broke the Lakeside school record in his 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:36.98. Other top finishers on the boys side include a first-place finishes by Tyler Emerson in the 50 freestyle with a time of 27.92 and Dylan Ackley in 100 freestyle with a time of 1:03.31.

The Dragon girls lost to South, 136-40, but had personal bests by Courtney Smith in the 200 IM, Gabriella Novak in the 200 IM and a strong outing by Malynda Russell in the 50 free with a time of 29.29 in a close second place finish. Lakeside’s girls are 1-3 this season.

Lakeside returns to the pool Friday, Jan. 11 away against Riverside at the Madison YMCA.