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Dragon boy, girl swimmers nipped by SCL rival Petaluma

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Both the Sonoma Valley High School varsity boys and girls’ swim teams delivered solid team efforts in a pair of Sonoma County League dual meets in Petaluma last Thursday that ended up not being decided until the last event between two longtime SCL rivals.

Unfortunately, the visiting Dragon squads were runners-up to Petaluma in the 400-yard freestyle relay and ended up dropping dual-meet decisions to Petaluma, with the Sonoma boys falling 83-75, and the Lady Dragons being edged 80-74.

Pacing Sonoma’s girl swimmers were the victorious 200 free relay team of senior Gina Peil, junior Amanda Gillion, sophomore Briana Lehane and freshman Cameron Taggesell in 2 minutes, 6.37 seconds; and Taggesell’s 100 free and 100 breast-stroke first places in 1:11.71 and 1:26.56, respectively.

The Lady Dragons were also paced by Peil’s 50 and 100 free second-place finishes in 29.82 seconds and 1:13.57, respectively; Gillion’s 200 individual medley (IM) and 100 butterfly second places in 2:39.82 and 1:11.48, respectively; sophomore Natalie Baker’s 500 free and 100 breast seconds in 7:47.70 and 1:33.43, respectively; senior Maria Hawing’s 50 and 500 free thirds in 31.57 and 7:51.93, respectively; junior Raegen Hedley’s 200 IM third in 3:49.40; sophomore Annie Greenslade’s 200 free third in 2:55.03; and frosh Jasmine Johnstone’s 100 backstroke third in 1:43.49.

Sonoma’s boy swimmers were paced by the winning 200 medley relay team of juniors Rick Taggesell and Adam Curry, and sophomores Cian Lacy and Jack Lewis in 2:03.60; Lacy’s 50 free and 100 fly first places in 24.86 and 1:09.34, respectively; Lewis’ 200 IM first in 2:42.10 and 100 breast second in 1:17.07;

Also pacing the Dragon boys were Curry’s 200 and 500 free seconds in 2:16.31 and 6:33.38, respectively; Sheppard’s 100 back second in 1:17.47 and 100 fly third in 1:18.8; Taggesell’s 100 and 200 free thirds in 2:30.84 and 1:03.61, respectively; sophomore Jacob Paine’s 500 free third in 7:27.41; frosh Brandon Barmore’s 100 breast-stroker third in 1:20.24; and frosh Noah White 100 back third in 1:17.50.

Sonoma’s swim teams will host SCL foes Clearlake and Kelseyville in their home dual-meet finales at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at the Sonoma Aquatic Center.