Raider swimmers prep for N-O opener

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 30 November 2014 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Getting set to help lead the Barker swim teams into the upcoming Niagara-Orleans League season are these Raider returnees. In front are Alexander Goodlander, Collin Webb and Casey Webb. In back are Ann Buffington, Renee Levy and Allison Austin.

The Barker boys swim squad, which finished second in the final Niagara-Orleans League standings last year at 8-2, is led by a quartet of All-League meet place finishers.

That group includes seniors Casey Webb (2nd in 50 and 100 freestyle events) and Alex Goodlander (3rd 100 backstroke, 6th 50 free) along with freshmen Collin Webb (3rd 100 free) and Andrew Jenks (4th 200 individual medley).

The Barker girls squad, which went 4-5-1 in N-O action a year ago, returns a good underclassmen dominated nucleus including seniors Renee Levy and Allison Austin; juniors Emma Jenks and Erin Greenwald; sophomores Christiana Carestia, Madison Dryburgh, Grace Weller, Abigail Bachman and freshman Natalie Menz.

“We have a good group,” said Coach Mike Gendrue. “We have a few veterans back and everyone is working hard. The non league meets at the beginning of the season should give us a good idea of where we are at.”

The Barker boys squad finished in second place last year at 8-2 while the girls team went 4-5-1.

The Raiders will have four non league meets against Genesee Region League opponents before opening the N-O season on December 16 at home against Akron.

Barker’s Schedule

Dec. 2 – at Oakfield-Alabama, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 4 – Attica, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 9 – at Pembroke, 5:30 p.m.
Dec. 11 – Notre Dame ,4:30 p.m.
Dec. 16 – Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Dec. 18 – at Albion, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 6 – Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 – Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 13 – at Medina, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 15 – at Akron, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 21 – Albion, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 23 – at Newfane, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 – at Roy-Hart, 4:30 p.m.
Jan. 29 – Medina, 4:30 p.m.
Feb. 3 – Boys All-League meet at Newfane, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 – Girls All-League meet at Akron, 5:30 p.m.
Feb. 6 – Girls N-O vs. G-R Crossover meet at Gates-Chili, 6 p.m.