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Swimming: CB East tops district rival West


It’s the original inter-district rivalry.

When Central Buck East and Central Bucks West meet in any sport, it’s an event marked on every calendar.

That is no less true for the swim teams, which clashed on Friday night at CB East’s pool in an annual Suburban One League Continental Conference contest.

CB East won both meets, with the girls topping CB West by a score of 106-85 and the boys winning 104-80.

The wins raise CB East’s record to 4-3, 1-1 in the SOL Continental for the girls and 3-4, 1-1 for the boys while CB West girls drop to 3-4, 1-2 and the boys 4-3, 1-2.

Sayde Shiroff and Maggie Young each won two individual events for the Patriots, with Shiroff taking first in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:16.43 and the 100 backstroke (1:02.90) while Young topped the field in the 200 freestyle (2:03.66) and 500 freestyle (5:20.56).

Leah Miksa won the 50 freestyle (26.31), Sophie Moyer won the 100 butterfly (1:02.21) and Grace Hamilton was victorious in the 100 freestyle (57.44) to round out the individual event winners for the Patriots.

CB East also won all three relays.

Carolyn Huckel, Nyah Petrakis, Vitalina Mikhalev and Miksa won the 200 medley relay (1:58:56), Miksa, Mikhalev, Courtney Sterner and Young finished first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.46) and Young, Moyer, Shiroff and Hamilton were the winners of the 400 freestyle relay (3:50.38).

“This isn’t just another meet,” said Shiroff, a senior captain who hopes to swim in college and plans to major in film and media. “It’s a meet against people we’ve swum with, we’ve gone to middle school with. It’s people we’ve known for practically our entire lives.

“It’s always so much fun and so motivating. It makes you want to go 10 times faster and not because you want to win, it’s because you want to push your friends and get better times.

“It’s such a positive rivalry. We’re so excited because we know we’re going to put down fast times. This is such a high energy meet. It’s all of us getting up and cheering for one another.

“This was a great meet for us. The times we did were absolutely incredible so I can’t wait to see what we do at championships.”

CB East had three boys win two individual events apiece. Connor Lenahan won the 200 freestyle (1:51.57) and 500 freestyle (4:58.35), Erik Huuki won the 200 individual medley (1:59.12) and 100 backstroke (54.16) and Trevor Mislan took first in both the 100 freestyle (49.49) and 100 breaststroke (1:02.41).

Tommy Krystkiewicz won the 100 butterfly (56.34) for the Patriots.

CB East captured all three relays.

Huuki, Mislan, Krystkiewicz and Michael Scarpitta teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:40.95), Jorge Cervantes, Gabe Miksa, Lenahan and Scarpitta won the 200 freestyle relay (1:35.26) and Lenahan, Krystkiewicz, Huuki and Mislan ended the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay (3:26.51).

“The West meet is important, no matter what,” said Mislan, a senior who is one of three captains along with Huuki and Lenahan. “This one has the biggest crowd of the year.

“That relay at the end, no matter what the score is, everyone is cheering and everyone is swimming as fast as they can. It’s unlike any other meet. It’s an outstanding rivalry and it gets more exciting every year. This is one everyone looks forward to.

“It’s a rivalry but we all know each other. We swim on summer clubs together so when we get to the blocks we’re having fun and trying to swim great times. It’s not that tense. Everyone just wants to have a good race and see what we can do.”

CB West’s Hailey DeFazio won diving (187.05 points) and Jessica Kuo took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.47) while for the boys, Gabriel Wingert won the 50 freestyle (22.95) and Connor Levant won diving (206.05 points).

But it isn’t all about winning.

“It’s a great meet,” Wingert said. “It’s my favorite meet of the year.

Everyone swam well and there was a good crowd.

“Most of the time when we swim East we’re just going for times,” Wingert said. “Especially for me, I just enjoy racing my friends. Usually they’re better than me so it’s a good meet for pushing myself and I think it’s the same for everyone.”

One of Wingert’s best friends is Huuki. The pair swam against each other in the 100 backstroke.

“Erik is great to race against because he really pushes me to do my best times,” he said.

Huuki agreed.

“It’s fun to race against him until he beats me,” he said of Wingert.

Wingert shook his head.

“That doesn’t happen very much,” he said.

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