Pool records fall at SOL girls' meet
It was worth the wait.
High school sports aren’t usually contested on Sundays, but last week’s snowstorm gave Central Bucks South officials no other choice than to hold the Suburban One League (SOL) Continental Conference girls’ swimming championships on Feb. 16.
Originally planned for Saturday in Warrington, leagues were a place for pool records to drown on Sunday.
No less than nine records fell by the poolside. Pennridge sophomore Brittany Weiss managed to break two. She swam a 1:05.80 in the 100 breaststroke to edge second-place Hannah Wittman of Central Bucks East (1:06.33), and amazingly held the mark in the 100 butterfly (57.54) for less than two minutes before North Penn’s Tara Rogers came along and swam a 57.07. Weiss had to settle for second place, while CB East’s Jess Jozefiak was third in 58.87.
Two Patriot relays felt Weiss’ pain. The 200 free of Kirsten Mortimer, Jozefiak, Lauren Griffith and Wittman dropped below the pool record in 1:38.79, only to be surpassed by the Maidens quartet of Leah Brown, Kailyn Evans, Aimee Bauer and Olivia DiStefano, which clocked a 1:37.47.
In the 400 free relay, CB East (Jozefiak, Mortimer, Louise Huuki and Wittman) again broke the pool mark (3:37.12), but North Penn swooped in to grab the top spot and the record (3:33.88). Central Bucks South’s Sam Towle, Isabelle DiNallo, Natalie Keck and Caitlin Connor were third in 3:43.02.
Wittman claimed first in the 200 IM by more than three seconds over North Penn’s Evans, 2:06.52 to 2:09.61. Mortimer was third in the 50 freestyle (25.18) behind the Maidens’ DiStefano (24.34) and Brown (25.02).
Central Bucks West senior Quinn MacMillan grabbed both the 100 and 200 free. She surged past Bauer, 52.39 to 54.24, in the 100 (Mortimer took third in 54.32) and eclipsed Bauer again, 1:53.75 to 1:57.23, in the 200.
In the team standings, CB East was third (346) behind North Penn (465) and Hatboro-Horsham (381). CB West (233), CB South (222), Pennridge (124) and Quakertown (22) placed fifth through eighth.
On Saturday for the boys’ competition at North Penn, the Knights swam away with the team title, accumulating 595 points. Souderton was second (315) and CB East third (299). CB South (233), CB West (173), Pennridge (115) and Quakertown (77) rounded out places fifth through eighth.
CB East junior Andrew Zhugayevich nabbed a pair of individual second-place finishes. He was runner-up to Souderton’s Kevin Musterait in both the 50, 21.13 to 21.90, and 100 free, 46.48 to 47.98. Zhugayevich also swam anchor on the Patriots’ third-place 400 free relay with Evan Villafranca, Zach Collester and Collin Villari, which touched the wall in 3:17.03. Souderton was first (3:13.24).
Joining them in bronze position were: CB West’s Henry Mackensen (54.21) in the fly, CB South’s Nick Radziul (4:48.72) in the 500 free, CB East’s Nick Dilemmo (1:01.81) in the 100 breaststroke and the Titans’ 200 medley relay of Brian Ross, Ryan Zaborowski, Mike Szczesniak and Patrick Brogan (1:42.32).
At the SOL Continental Conference diving championships last Wednesday at North Penn, five local girls and three local boys cracked the top 10.
No one was catching North Penn’s Marie Yacopino on the girls’ side. Yacopino set a new league record with 468.15 points to easily outdistance teammate Madison Tanis (422.75). CB West’s Sarah Stim was third with a total of 362.60. Also of note: Kelly Magri, CB West, was fifth (350.35); Cara Mergner, CB West, sixth (307.95); Hanne Genyn, CB East, seventh (306.95); and Mackenzie Kelly, CB East, ninth (282.50).
For the boys, Geoffroy Gagnon and Quinn Mitchell finished one-two for North Penn, with 464.75 and 429.65 points, respectively. CB South’s Nash Nickerson took third with a score of 414.45. John Handy of Pennridge was eighth in 284.75, and CB West’s Olivia Cantrell of CB West placed ninth in 248.70.
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