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Thomas Jefferson swim team energized by sweeps at Canon-McMillan

| Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Thomas Jefferson swept the top three places in four events in dual-meet action at Canon-McMillan earlier this week.

The TJ trio of junior David Etzi, sophomore Josef Raszewski and senior Josh Francis took first, second and third place in the boys' one-meter diving event.

TJ backstroke specialists — sophomore Shannon Gallagher, freshman Morgan Maizer and freshman Christina Grassi; and junior Ben Thornton, senior Dellon Karuga and junior Keith Cotter — swept the girls' and boys' 100 backstroke competition, respectively.

The fourth 1-2-3 finish for TJ was attained in the girls' 100 breaststroke event, by junior Jennifer Hill, junior Lisa Richard and sophomore Sadie Frye.

Hill also won the girls' 200 individual medley event, while senior Brett Smith won the boys' 100 breaststroke event.

Thomas Jefferson also corralled first place in both the girls' and boys' 400 freestyle relay races.

The Lady Jaguars' relayers consisted of junior Megan Organist, freshman Allison Richard, senior Beatrix Kovacs and sophomore Shannon Gallagher.

The Jaguars' relayers were freshman Nick Majetic, sophomore Charles Johnson, junior Tom Skoff and Smith.

Allison Richard finished second in the girls' 100 freestyle event, as did sophomore Emily Bond in the girls' 500 freestyle and Johnson in the boys' 100 breaststroke.

Hill, Allison Richard, senior Olivia Airhart and Bond teamed up to place second in the girls' 200 freestyle relay race.

Two other 400 freestyle relay units — consisting of freshman Sarah Devader, junior Lauren Metikosh, freshman Avery DeGruttola and freshman Sophia Ripepi; and senior Jon Kelly, junior Don Beattie, Raszewski and Cotter — also secured runner-up finishes.

Other top individual performances for Thomas Jefferson were turned in by Bond (200 freestyle), Smith (200 IM), sophomore Sam Organist (50 freestyle), Airhart (diving), Megan Organist (100 butterfly) and Johnson (500 freestyle).

Canon-McMillan defeated the TJ girls' and boys' teams by scores of 97-80 and 98-74, respectively.

Ray Fisher is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at 412-388-5820 or

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