AUBURN — The Buccaneers' depth was too much for the Maroons.
Despite placing first in eight out of the 11 events, the Auburn girls swim team fell to Oswego, 95-75, at the Auburn YMCA-WEIU Wednesday.
With only 10 swimmers available — less than half the size of the Buccaneers' roster — Maroons coach Rich Hamberger knows pulling out a win on the scoreboard can be tough.
"There are teams that have 58 or 61 (swimmers) and they're loaded," Hamberger said. "We only have 10 kids to pick from, and some are swimming in back-to-back events. Tonight Maura Moochler was coming out of the 200 free relay and had to go right into the backstroke. We won the relay and we won the backstroke."
Two Auburn swimmers won both of their individual events as well as their relays.
Kennedy Wilson and Sydney Murinka teamed with Moochler and Claire Alexander to place first in the 200 medley relay (1:59.8) and the 200 freestyle relay (1:48.24). Wilson also took first in the 50 freestyle (26.71) and the 100 freestyle (58.66), while Murinka was first in the 200 individual medley (2:29.34) and the 100 breaststroke (1:15.68).
"Kennedy has some work to do since she didn't swim this summer, but Sydney did swim this summer," Hamberger said. "That's important ... to keep that endurance, otherwise you're starting from square one."
Alexander finished first in the 100 butterfly (1:04.82) and second in the 200 individual medley (2:30.11) right behind Murinka. Moochler was first in the 100 backstroke (1:08.09) and second in the 100 freestyle (58.66) right behind Wilson.
The Maroons had 10 first or second-place finishes, but the scoring for dual meets give points to the top five for individual events and top three for relays. Since Oswego filled each of its three lanes in almost every event and Auburn could not, the Buccaneers had more opportunities to gain points.
"We've got to get third place and go one, three or go two, three, five to tie. That's the way I look at it," Hamberger said.
For Hamberger, the focus isn't on the dual meet season. His swimmers are putting in the work to be prepared for sectionals and hopefully beyond.
"They're going to work hard," Hamberger said. "I work them hard every day regardless of whether we have a meet or not. I don't care about the meets. Our focus is on the end of the year and sectionals. I hammer them in practice every day."
The Maroons' schedule isn't getting any easier anytime soon. Auburn (0-2) hosts Mexico, a team with 20 swimmers, on Friday.
"They're loaded in terms of depth and talent," Hamberger said. "They have some really good swimmers."