ATLANTIC CITY — Ocean City High School’s Ryann Styer and Cedar Creek’s Lauren Kelly, both seniors, gave big performances at their final Hackney High School Girls Invitational Swim Meet on Saturday at Atlantic City High School.
Meanwhile, Mainland Regional freshman Katie McClintock had an outstanding first Hackney Meet.
Styer, a sprint freestyler, was the only swimmer at the annual event to win four races. She broke the meet record in the 50-meter freestyle for the third year in a row, this time in 25.86 seconds. Styer also won the 100 freestyle by 0.21 seconds and anchored the Red Raiders’ two winning freestyle relay teams.
Kelly won the 200-meter freestyle and returned to set a meet record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1 minute, 4.56. McClintock won the 200 individual medley by more than 10 seconds and also took the 100 breaststroke.
O.C.’s Alex Antonov, Maggie Wallace, Claudia Scherbin and Styer won the 200 freestyle relay in a meet record 1:50.18. In the meet’s final race, Wallace, Andrea Teofanova, Antonov and Styer captured the 400 freestyle relay by more than 11 seconds.
“It feels so wierd to be here (at the Hackney Meet) for the last time, because I’ve been here eight years in a row, starting when I came to see my sister (Noel),” said Styer, a 17-year-old Longport resident.
“We have a lot of new swimmers and Maggie (Wallace, Ocean City’s other team-leading senior) want to get them going. I’m glad that my time in the 50 was better than last year. I was second in the 100 last year, so I’m really proud that I got first. We still have a lot of hard work to do. I’m excited to see how the season will end.”
Kelly wasn’t aware that she set a meet mark in the 100 backstroke until her mother, Meta, called out to her from the balcony bleachers. She beat the Hackney Meet’s oldest record, a time of 1:04.96 by Atlantic City’s Moira McCloskey in 2002.
“I didn’t know what the backstroke record was,” said Kelly, a 17-year-old Galloway Township resident. “It feels pretty good to win two races. It was a personal best in the backstroke. I’ve been a bit off in practice, but it felt better this time. I like the 200 freestyle too, and I swim it better.”
McClintock’ impressive win in the 200 IM was followed by a victory by more than three seconds in the 100 breaststroke.
“I think the breaststroke and the IM are about the same, and I like them both,” said McClintock, a 15-year-old Linwood resident. “My times were about the same as they’ve been this season, but I’m OK with it. I like the IM because it’s all four strokes and in practice I get to work on all four.”
The Egg Harbor Township 200 medley relay team of Alexandria Cotter, Ava McDonough, Grace Curry and Leenah Sarhan set the other meet record, winning in 2:05.91.
Vineland senior Jenna Carastro won the 100 butterfly by more than a second. Cotter, a freshman, dominated the 400 freestyle, winning by more than 12 seconds.
The meet honors the late Marion Hackney, who rode the high-diving horse at Steel Pier in Atlantic City. Meet announcer Frank Finnerty had a moment silence for the late JoAnn Hackney Wescoat, who helped to conduct the Hackney Meet for more than 20 years. Wescoat, the sister of Marion Hackney, died in June.
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Teams-Absegami, Atlantic City, Buena Regional, Cape May Tech, Cedar Creek, Egg Harbor Township, Holy Spirit, Lower Cape May Regional, Middle Township, Mainland Regional, Millville, Oakcrest, Ocean City, Our Lady of Mercy Academy, Vineland, Wildwood Catholic. The Hackney Meet has no team scoring.
200 Medley Relay—1. EHT (Alexandria Cotter, Ava McDonough, Grace Curry, Leenah Sarah) 2d:05.91 (meet record. The old mark was 2:06.55 by Ocean City in 2013; 2. MAIN 2:08.74; 3. AC 2:09.77. 200 Freestyle—1. Lauren Kelly CC 2:06.30; 2. Maggie Wallace OC 2:07.34; 3. Fauve Haney AC 2:16.33. 200 IM—1. Katie McClintock MAIN 2:22.80; 2. McDonough EHT 2:33.06; 3. Sarhan EHT 2:34.29. 50 Freestyle—1. Ryan Styer OC 25.86 (meet record. The old mark was 26.05 by Styer in 2017.); 2. Erin Murphy ABS 27.37; 3. Colleen Renshaw MIL 27.71. 100 Butterfly—1. Jenna Carastro VINE 1:07.06; 2. Curry EHT 1:08.36; 3. Alex Antonov OC 1:08.42. 100 Freestyle—1. Styer OC 59.14; 2. Renshaw MIL 59.35; 3. Murphy ABS 59.77. 400 Freestyle—1. Cotter EHT 4:37.59; 2. Haney AC 4:50.09; 3. Caitlin Moore EHT 4:53.64. 200 Freestyle Relay—1. OC (Antonov, Wallace, Claudia Scherbin, Styer) 1:50.18 (meet record. The old mark was 1:51.92 by Ocean City in 2014.); 2. EHT 1:56.05; 3. MAIN 1:57.55. 100 Backstroke—1. Kelly CC 1:04.56 (meet record. The old mark was 1:04.96 by Moira McCloskey of Atlantic City in 2002.); 2. Wallace OC 1:05.80; 3. Curry EHT 1:08.21. 100 Breaststroke—1. McClintock MAIN 1:13.97; 2. McDonough EHT 1:17.23; 3. Carastro VINE 1:17.88. 400 Freestyle Relay—1. OC (Wallace, Andrea Teofanova, Antonov, Styer) 4:10.12; 2. AC 4:22.02; 3. EHT 4:25.41.