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Swimming: CB East prevails over Pennridge


It’s the end of January, and high school swim teams are starting to wrap up the dual meet season.

Pennridge had its final double dual meet of the season on Tuesday, when the Rams hosted Central Bucks East in a Suburban One League Continental Conference contest at Grand View Health Natatorium.

CB East prevailed, 105-78 in the boys meet and 111-70 in the girls. The Patriots host Neshaminy on Thursday in a non-league finale that will also serve as senior recognition.

Gabe Miksa won two individual events for the Patriots, taking the 200-yard freestyle in 1:58.22 and 100 breaststroke (1:08.40).

Marcus Terroba--Rivera won diving (170.10 points), Michael Scarpitta was the winner of the 100 freestyle (52.29), Christopher Poon touched first in the 500 freestyle (5:29.96) and Tommy Krystkiewicz won the 100 backstroke (56.23) for CB East.

Scarpitta, Zachary LeMay, Miksa and Krystkiewicz ended the day with a triumph in the 400 freestyle relay (3:30.79).

“We’re coming to the end of the regular season so it’s important to keep swimming well,” said Scarpitta, a senior captain. “I want to stay in shape and stay in the right mindset, which is easier to do when there’s other people around me.”

Scarpitta has a shoulder injury that makes swimming the butterfly difficult, so he’s focusing on sprint freestyle this season.

“I injured it during the summer,” he said. “It’s been almost a year now. It’s a little disappointing to end my competitive career with a shoulder injury but I’m glad I stuck it out. I’ve already made my district cut in the 100 so I’m looking forward to that.”

Scarpitta is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and takes advanced placement courses. He plans to attend Penn State and major in electrical engineering.

Grace Hamilton had a pair of individual victories for the CB East girls, taking first in the 200 freestyle (2:05.64) and 100 butterfly (1:06.50).

Jillian Thorning won the 200 individual medley (2:22.57), Sophia Pittelli was the winner of diving (202.70 points), Ilene Stark finished first in the 500 freestyle (5:33.96) and Anya Suko won the 100 backstroke (1:08.30) for the Patriots.

Abbie DiGregorio, Stark, Sophie Moyer and Leah Miksa opened up the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:56.76), Moyer, Miksa, Hamilton and Maggie Young teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:44.85) and Thorning, Caroline Huckel, Stark and Amanda Clark won the 400 freestyle relay (4:10.68).

“We’re coming to the end of the season and I’d like to get my district cut in the 200 IM,” said CB East senior captain Abby Kearns. “I’m close but I’m not quite there but I think I can get there by leagues or at leagues.

“The team is swimming pretty well and I’m excited for our last meet and for leagues. We have a lot of depth on our team and we usually do well. Our goal is to always try to avoid sixth place and we’ve been doing that.

“Pennridge did really well and definitely pushed us in this meet. That’s good for us. You want to go into the end of the season swimming well. I’m sad that the season is coming to a close. It went by so fast.”

She’s still waiting to hear from colleges but would like to major in biomedical engineering.

For Pennridge, Joseph Hong won both the 200 individual medley (1:59.39) and 100 butterfly (54.86).

Julian Arteaga won the 50 freestyle (23.81) to round out the individual event wins for the Pennridge boys.

Greg Bashaar, Hong, Brett Musselman and Arteaga won the 200 medley relay (1:46.05) and Musselman, Zach Yardley, Arteaga and Sean Whitehurst won the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.36) for the Rams.

“The team has grown so much in the last four years,” said Declan Mullen, the only male senior on the team. “It’s nice to see everyone coming out for the team and staying with it. We don’t have the numbers to win a meet like this but we had some good swims.”

He’s focusing on going under a 1:05 in the 100 backstroke at the conference meet.

“I definitely feel that I can do it,” he said.

He hasn’t chosen a college yet but plans to major in history and would like to teach.

For Pennridge girls, Lauren Scott won the 50 freestyle (24.93) and 100 freestyle (54.27) and Emily Myers was the winner of the 100 breaststroke (1:14.00).

“I thought we had some good swims,” said Olivia Embert, a senior. “It was a nice meet. We had some good races.”

She is also a member of the Pennridge water polo team. She took her junior season off after a tough season of water polo.

“I just needed a break,” she said. “I’m so glad I came back and I regret not swimming last year.”

She hasn’t chosen a college yet but plans to major in political science and is considering law school in the future.

It was also senior recognition for Pennridge. In addition to Embert and Mullen, the Rams honored Samantha Ackley, Abby Neneviller, Megan Weiss, Hannah Hartzell and Hope Garges.