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Tigers swim past Turners in opener

  • Above, Turners Falls' Allison Wheeler, front, competes against South Hadley's Moira McDermott in the 100-yard backstroke, Friday in Turners Falls. Below left, Olivia Whittier shows off her winning form in the 100-yard breaststroke. Below right, Cameron Bradley swims to a win in the 100-yard butterfly. Staff Photos/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Olivia Whittier competes against South Hadley in the 50-yard freestyle Friday in Turners Falls, Dec. 7, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Cameron Bradley competes in the 100-yard fly against South Hadley Friday in Turners Falls, Dec. 7, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Jack Putala competes against South Hadley in the 100-yard backstroke Friday in Turners Falls, Dec. 7, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Olivia Whittier competes against South Hadley in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday in Turners Falls, Dec. 7, 2018. taff Photo/Dan Little

  • Turners Falls' Will Turn competes against South Hadley in the 100-yard backstroke Friday in Turners Falls, Dec. 7, 2018. Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Above, Turners Falls' Lillian Poirier helps Turners Falls win the 200-yard freestyle relay, Friday in Turners Falls. Below right, Jack Putala swims the 100-yard backstroke. Bottom, Olivia Whittier swims to a second-place finish in the 50 free. Staff Photos/Dan Little



Staff Writer
Friday, December 07, 2018

It may not have resulted in a win, but first-year Turners Falls swim coach Colin Machat was thrilled with his team’s first meet of the season.

The boys team won four events and the girls team won six as the Thunder opened up with a home meet against South Hadley Friday in Turners.

“I was ecstatic with what they did, they exceeded all of my expectations,” Machat said. “The amount of first-place finishes we got tonight was unbelievable.”

Jade Tyler won a pair of individual events and was part of two winning relay teams for the girls’ squad that fell, 51-38, to South Hadley.

Tyler captured the 100 yard butterfly in 1 minute, 10.72 seconds, and also picked up a victory in the 200 freestyle in 2:15.87. She also teamed up with Lillian Poirier, Olivia Whittier and Allison Wheeler to win the 200 medley relay in 2:14.31, while Tyler, Poirier, Whittier and Abigail Johnson teamed up to win the 200 free relay in 2:04.73.

Whittier earned a win in the 100 breaststroke in 1:19.54 and also finished second in the 50 free, while Wheeler earned a win in the 500 free in 7:06.80.

On the boys’ side, Cameron Bradley won a pair of events but the Thunder fell to the Tigers, 44-31.

Bradley started his day out with a victory in the 200 free in 2:16.20 and then went on to win the 100 butterfly in 1:05.40.

“I know he went into the 200 free a little nervous but after swimming that first event he seemed pretty amped up to compete in the 100 fly,” Machat said. “He is looking to beat the old school record in that event.”

Jack Putala captured the 50 freestyle in 33.11 to earn his first career varsity swimming victory, while Nik Martin captured the 200 individual medley in 2:48.32.

Turners travels to Holyoke on Tuesday.