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816 North swimming: Blue Jays fifth at Independence Invitational

Alex Dowling of Liberty gets a breath during the 100-yard breaststroke at the Independence Invitational on Saturday at the Henley Aquatic Center.
Alex Dowling of Liberty gets a breath during the 100-yard breaststroke at the Independence Invitational on Saturday at the Henley Aquatic Center. Special to The Star

In a meet filled with several top teams from around the Kansas City area on the Missouri side, it was Rock Bridge from Columbia that came out on top on Saturday at the Independence Invitational at the Henley Aquatic Center.

With 349 points, five total wins and a bevy of swimmers in the top six of most events, the Bruins were a tough act to catch by the Kansas City schools represented.

Still, some of the top teams in the Northland managed to somewhat stay on Rock Bridge’s heals throughout the invitational, including Liberty and Liberty North, which finished in the top six among the 19 teams in the field.

Liberty finished in fifth place with a team score of 210 points, while Liberty North ended up in sixth with 195 points at the meet in Independence.

In the 200-yard freestyle, Mitchell Sevier was the lone winner for Liberty North with a time of 1 minute, 52.44 seconds.

For Liberty, Joe Saitta ended up in third place in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.17 seconds. Tim Gibson finished fourth in a competitive 100 freestyle and Michael Coday ended up in fifth place in the same event. Alex Goerke competed in the 100 backstroke and placed fourth.

Liberty’s 400-yard freestyle relay team of Michael Coday, Joe Saitta, Alex Goerke and Tim Gibson finished seventh.

Platte County’s John Cogdill fared well in the 200 individual medley in 2:12.36m and he also ended up sixth in the 100 breaststroke. The Pirates also finished ninth in the 400 freestyle relay.

St. Pius X put up a 13th-place team finish. Joey DeFabio was the Wariors’ only swimmer to finish in the top 10, with a sixth-place finish in the 100 butterfly.

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