The Beacon High School swim team, with 28 girls, is young — very young. The varsity has only two seniors, Amber Butler and Lauren Hernandez. The rest of the team are underclassmen, including eight middle-schoolers. The Bulldogs have struggled, with losses in its first seven meets, but the seniors, juniors Amanda Spadafino and Adrianna Bonnes and sophomore Cassandra Ruffy have consistently finished first or second in events at several meets and/or established personal bests.

Beacon, which is coached by Sharifa Collins, finishes its season at Ketcham on Oct. 7, at Peekskill on Oct. 14 and at home against Cornwall on Oct. 17.

Beacon Swim Results (Season)

Peekskill 95, Beacon 79
Cassandra Ruffy won 100 meter breaststroke in 1:20.37; Claire Wood won 50 freestyle in 29.16.

Brewster 94, Beacon 76
Amanda Spadafino, Ruffy, Adrianna Bonnes, Amber Butler won 200 medley relay in 2:14.31. Spadafino won 50 freestyle in 27.72, Jolene Lagunda won 500 freestyle in 6:50.00. Spadafino won 100 backstroke in 1:11.09.

Lourdes 95, Beacon 67
Spadafino won 100 backstroke in 1:16.34.

Ardsley 87, Beacon 74

Croton-Harmon/Henry Hudson/Somers 121, Beacon 50
Natalie Negron, Hanna Burch and Kiara Lambe (eighth graders) swam the 200 individual medley. Spadafino second in 100 backstroke with personal best of 1:11.50.

John Jay Cross River 90, Beacon 72
Lauren Hernandez won 500 freestyle in 6:44.22; Ruffy personal best in 100 breaststroke in 1:19.22.

Lakeland-Panas 92, Beacon 78
Bonnes personal best in 100 butterfly in 1:19.87.

Photos by Allison Bierce

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