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CB West-Quakertown meet produces solid swims for both teams

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Wins are important, both for the team and for the individuals.

But swimming well is just as significant.

There were quite a few good swims on Friday when Central Bucks West played host to Quakertown in a Suburban One League Continental Conference double dual swim meet at Central Bucks South.

CB West boys won 94-76 while the girls posted a 100-61 victory.

For CB West boys, Franky Swain won both the 100-yard butterfly in 58.46 and 100 backstroke (59.35), while Luke Cimakasky won the 200 freestyle (1:54.42), Ryan Levant was the winner in diving (194.70 points) and Max Quinn triumphed in the 100 freestyle (53.06).

Cimakasky, Swain, Quinn and Holden Petty ended the day with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:33.34).

“It’s really important for us to keep swimming well,” said Quinn, a senior captain. “We’ve been grinding it out. Everyone’s all in. We can’t lose focus now because we have champs coming up and we have CB South coming up, and that’s a big meet for us.

“Everyone did amazing in this meet. All those second- and third-place finishes really added up for us and that was the difference. That’s how we won. Quakertown has really improved a lot, especially the boys team.

“Coming into the meet everyone was excited because we thought it would be a free win but it turned out the complete opposite. We had to work really hard and we were getting nervous but we pushed and it was really fun. This is a different Quakertown team than we’re used to seeing, and I think it’s good that they’re more competitive.

“They have some good swimmers and there were good races for both teams and that can only help both of us.

“Right now I’m focused on the little things, like turns and pushing off the wall. I want to get my 50 free down to a 22 and I’m working hard for that.

“My team goal is for us to beat South and I think we can do it. We had a tough meet with CB East. That was a tough loss, but we were competitive and now we have that under our belts so we can use that experience for the South meet.”

For Quakertown the Einolf brothers both won two individual events. Caleb Einolf won the 200 individual medley (2:07.17) and 500 freestyle (5:07.65), while Tyler Einolf was the winner of the 50 freestyle (23.68) and 100 breaststroke (1:03.83).

Caleb Einolf, Tyler Einolf, Ben Stella and David Pyfer teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.21) while Jacob Lewis, Daniel Litvinchuk, Stella and Tyler Einolf took first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:41.73).

CB West girls won seven individual events and all three relays.

Natalie Yim touched first in both the 200 freestyle (2:03.47) and 100 butterfly (1:01.82), Samantha Remmey won the 200 individual medley (2:27.76), Audrey Hitchens won diving (190.05 points), Riley Growney topped the field in the 500 freestyle (5:53.45), Lina Hofmann took the 100 backstroke (1:01.44) and Jessica Kuo won the 100 breaststroke (1:10.97) for the Bucks.

Kuo, Hofmann, Yim and Christina Cavalluzzo started the meet off with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:55.47), Caroline Stim, Abby Jenkinson, Julia Bowe and Remmey took first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:50.26) and Growney, Yim, Remmey and Hofmann teamed up to win the 400 freestyle relay (3:55.30).

Lilly Bauz was the lone female winner for Quakertown, taking first in both the 50 freestyle (23.68) and 100 freestyle (57.68).

“Meets like this can be frustrating but we concentrate on doing our best times,” Quakertown senior Erin Figueroa said. “They’re a good team so they gave us good competition and that’s an opportunity for us to swim our best.

“When you’re swimming next to a good swimmer you want to try to stay with them and that helps you improve, so that’s what I wanted to do here.

“We just don’t have the numbers to expect to win meets. I’ve learned to live with that in my four years with the team. The good thing about a small team is that you get to swim a lot of events but that’s also harder because you’re tired from swimming so much.

“I’m focusing on the 100 free. I want to get a 57 so badly. I just want to drop that one more second. Before I graduate, I want to reach that goal.”

Figueroa is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and takes advanced placement classes. She plans to attend Eastern University and will major in exercise science.

Eastern doesn’t have a swim program.

“I’m going to do triathlons because they have that swimming part and the individual competition, which I love,” she said.


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