AUBURN | For the local girls swimming coaches, the Auburn Invitational Saturday at the Auburn YMCA-WEIU gave them an opportunity to gauge how their teams are doing early in the season.
Auburn, which has six swimmers that are freshmen or younger, hasn't opened its dual-meet season yet. Skaneateles, which won its first meet last week, is also in rebuilding mode.
The nine relay races allowed each of the five teams a chance to get their girls in the pool and try them out in different events before the season gets into full swing.
"For the girls who have never swam varsity before, it's a way for them to get in without it being as stressful as a dual meet," said Auburn coach Becky Grant. "Get the kinks out and work on fundamentals, that type of stuff. I was pleased with a lot of the swims we had today, from the new girls and the returning girls."
The Maroons' Kennedy Wilson, Hannah Foster, Lindsey Roe and Jenna Page won the 800 freestyle relay (9:18.76).
Brianna Chehovich, Brigid Cotter, Page and Foster finished second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.97), while Katie Moore, Victoria Bragg, Claire Rejman, Olivia Genkos and Wilson placed second in the 500 freestyle relay (5:41.62).
Chehovich, Cotter, Wilson and Moore also placed second in the 300 breaststroke relay (3:53.37), and Maggie Angotti, Foster, Rejman and Page came in second in the 400 freestyle relay (4:05.72).
Wilson and Rejman, who attend St. Joseph's, along with Angotti, who goes to Tyburn Academy, wouldn't normally be able to compete in relay races since they are independent swimmers.
"Since this wasn't scored or anything like that, I threw them in there to get times for them and see what they can do," Grant said.
With a core of freshmen who each have at least one year of varsity experience, Skaneateles coach Jill King was also seeing how her team stacks up.
"I have a lot of girls back, a lot of returning swimmers with good experience, but I did lose my three sprinters," King said. "We're rebuilding in certain ways."
Skaneateles' Leah King, Haley Buchholz, Halle King and Rachel Teixeira won the 400 medley relay (4:32.61).
Buccholz, Chloe Strang, Maddie Bohrer and Colleen Ferguson placed second in the 800 freestyle relay (9:36.71), and Buccholz, Teixeira and the King sisters placed third in the 400 freestyle relay (4:06.78).
While it all wasn't about the results Saturday, the meet provides each team a better idea of how their seasons could go.
"Basically, this meet is a good starting point for us," Grant said. "I can see where everybody is after a couple weeks of practice but before we have our dual meet with Skaneateles Friday."