The BL AquaFriars began the new year with a dual meet on Thursday night, with St. Marks providing the opposition for the boys and the girls' team taking on Hockaday.
Even though the Lady Friars were missing some important pieces, the girls fought hard before losing a close meet, 83-79.
The Lady Friars were led by two-event winner Niamh Tierney, who won the 100-yard butterfly in a personal best time of 1:10.73, and the 200-yard individual medley in a fine time of 2:30.43.
Freshman Ailish Tierney also was a standout, winning the 50-yard freestyle in 26.54 seconds and the 500-yard freestyle in 5:41.31. Niamh and Ailish got support from:
• Senior captain Jessica Jordan, who won the 100 yard breaststroke and finished third in the 500-yard freestyle;
• Junior Jesseca Hageman, who won the 100-yard backstroke and finished second in the 200-yard freestyle;
• Junior Bonnie Nolan, who finished second in the 100 freestyle and third in the 100 backstroke; and
• Freshman Kate Hickerson, who finished third in the 200-yard freestyle.
Niamh & Ailish Tierney joined with Nolan and Hickerson to win the 200-yard freestyle relay, and Nolan, Hickerson, Hageman, and Jordan combined to win the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Hageman & Jordan also joined with Ailish & Niamh Tierney to finish second in the 200-yard medley relay.
The men's team gave a good account of themselves against the much deeper and more experienced Lions' team, but fell short in the contest.
The Friars were led by junior captain Eric Bray, who finished third in both the 500-yard freestyle and 100-yard breaststroke. Bray got support from:
• Junior Will Eckles, who finished fourth in both the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard backstroke;
• Freshman Joe Weber, who finished fourth in the 50-yard freestyle;
• Junior Will Seidel, who finished fourth in the 100-yard butterfly;
• Sophomore Killian Baker, who finished fourth in the 100-yard freestyle;
• Junior Sean O'Hare, who finished fourth in the 500-yard freestyle; and
• Freshman Ashlyn Duy, who finished fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
Eckles, Bray and Seidel joined with freshman Josh Ponewash to finish fourth in the 200-yard medley relay, while Seidel, Ponewash, Weber and O'Hare grouped to finish fourth in the 200-yard freestyle relay.