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Posts tagged "Iroquois swimming"
Posted: February 21st, 2013
Lexi Cadden

All athletes want to peak toward the end of the season, and Iroquois diver Lexi Cadden has done just that.

Cadden won the McDowell Diving Tournament by scoring 375.35 points Saturday at McDowell Intermediate High School. Her score edged McDowell’s Julia Marn, who finished with a 374.55.

Cadden will now get a chance to build off last week’s performance this weekend at the District 10 Class AA diving championships, which will take place Saturday at Penn State Behrend.

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Posted: February 1st, 2013

Shane Kaliszewski

Iroquois sophomore Shane Kaliszewski is making an impact this season for the Braves’ swimming team.

Kaliszewski recently won four events in a sweep of General McLane, including the 100 butterfly and 
200 IM. He swam the 100 butterfly in 59.09 seconds and the 200 IM in 2 minutes, 17.09 seconds. Kaliszewski also participated in the winning 200 free (1:41.03) and 400 free (3:44.87) relay teams.

He then won three more events in his team’s loss to Harbor Creek on Monday and has become a vital part of the Braves’ program.

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Posted: February 1st, 2013

Ashley Benovic

Ashley Benovic has stepped in to contribute in any race the Iroquois swimming team needs her for.

The junior recently won four events in a 110-54 win over General McLane and each race presented a different challenge. She won the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 8.26 seconds and the 200 IM at 2:32.89. Benovic also swam for two winning relay teams, including the 200 medley relay (2:14.57) and the 400 free (4:29.59).

Benovic has shown her versatility and ability to adapt to any swimming stroke, which could pay off in the postseason and next winter.

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Posted: January 19th, 2013

Joanna Ragen

Iroquois swimmer Joanna Ragen continues to impress this season.

The senior won eight events in two dual meets last week before locking up two third-place finishes at the North East Invitational. She won the 200 and 500 free and was part of the winning 200 and 400 free relays against Corry and Girard. Ragen then took third in the 200 free and the 500 free at North East.

Ragen grabbed a third-place medal in the 500 free at the District 10 championships last year and is looking for more this season.

 

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Posted: January 19th, 2013

Branden Smith

Branden Smith gained valuable experience swimming for Iroquois in the District 10 championship meet as a sophomore.

This winter, the junior is looking to break through and earn some medals. Smith is off to a terrific start, including three event wins in a sweep of Corry. He took home the 50 free and 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 400 free relay team.

Smith followed that up with four event wins against Girard and has become a big part of the Braves’ program.

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Posted: December 27th, 2012

Ryan Siggins

Iroquois swimmer Ryan Siggins is off to a solid start this winter. The junior won three events to help the Braves beat General McLane 89-77. Siggins won the 200-yard freestyle and 500 free and was a key part of the winning 400 free relay team.

He followed that up with four event wins in a close 93-77 loss to Harbor Creek. Siggins won the 200 free and 500 free, which he shaved a full second off his time, and was part of the winning 200 free and 400 free relay teams.

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Posted: December 27th, 2012

Taylor Barnett

Iroquois swimmer Taylor Barnett is only a sophomore but she is swimming like a veteran to start the season. Barnett started off with four event wins in a 107-53 win over General McLane. She claimed the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly and was part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams. Iroquois seems to always field a competitive swim team and Barnett looks to be a part of that tradition this year and the next two years as well.

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Posted: February 24th, 2012

Ashley Benovic

As a sophomore, Benovic has been one of the premier swimmers for the Braves this season.

Her best event is the 100-yard backstroke, and her top time of 1 minute, 6.22 seconds is a little over a second off the school record of 1:04.94. Coach Mike Kujawinski says Benovic has a good chance to break the record during the District 10 championships.

Last week, Benovic had seven wins in two meets. In Iroquois’ victory over Union City Feb. 13, she had first-place finishes in the 50 freestyle (27.76), 100 backstroke (1:07.23) and 400 free relay.

Three days later, Benovic won the 100 backstroke (1:06.52) and tied for first in the 50 freestyle (27.69) in the Braves’ victory over Strong Vincent. She also was a member of the winning 200 medley and 400 free relays.

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