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Swimming: CB East triumphs over West

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It’s one of the oldest rivalries in the area.

But the competition between the Central Bucks East and Central Bucks West swim teams remains a friendly one.

This year’s edition of was no exception. The Suburban One League Continental Conference foes met last Thursday night at CB South. CB East won the boys meet, 99-84, and the girls, 121-65.

CB East’s boys won nearly every individual event, with two boys winning two apiece. Tommy Krystkiewicz won both the 200-yard individual medley in 2:03.31 and 100 butterfly (54.67), and Michael Scarpitta finished first in the 50 freestyle (23.14) and 100 freestyle (50.48).

Gabe Miksa was the victor in the 200 freestyle (1:51.00) and Zachary LeMay won the 500 freestyle (4:59.40) for the Patriots.

CB East boys won all three relays.

Krystkiewicz, Daniel Scarpitta, LeMay and Michael Scarpitta teamed up to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.68), Miksa, Nolan Daly, Carson Wiley and Jorge Cervantes won the 200 freestyle relay (1:38.32) and Michael Scarpitta, LeMay, Miksa, Krystkiewicz ended the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3;27.56).

“I really like this meet a lot,” said CB East’s Corbin King, a sophomore. “It was close and I expected it to be. Everyone swam really well on both teams.

“There’s not really anything toxic going on at this meet. Everyone’s just here to have a good time and swim as well as they can.

“This meet is a big one for us and I think it sets us up pretty well for the rest of the season and champs. We want to win this one every year because it’s such a big rivalry.”

CB West had three winners in the boys events. Kevin Siegfried captured diving with a score of 211.25 points, Franky Swain won the 100 backstroke (58.66) and Luke Cimakasky took the 100 breaststroke (1:06.27).

CB East’s girls team won a majority of the individual events. Maggie Young won both the 200 freestyle (2:02.44) and 500 freestyle (5:28.27) and Sophie Moyer topped the field in the 50 freestyle (25.65) and 100 butterfly (1:01.29).

Ilene Stark took first in the 200 individual medley (2:17.14), Jillian Troth won diving (227.85 points) and Abbie DiGregorio won the 100 backstroke (1:04.20) to round out the individual wins for CB East.

Jillian Thorning, Stark, Grace Hamilton and Leah Miksa kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:55.49), Moyer, Hamilton, Miksa and Young won the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.21) and Young, Hamilton, Stark and Moyer touched first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:46.74) for the Patriots.

“The East-West meet is so exciting so it’s hard to believe that this was my last one,” said CB East senior Courtney Sterner. “It’s kind of surreal. I’m sad that it’s over but I’m excited to see what’s next.

“West definitely has some very talented swimmers and it was a lot of fun competing against them. It brings out the best in both teams. A lot of us work together in the summer so it’s fun competing against them. I know almost every girl on their team.”

Sterner is planning to attend Penn State, where she will major in elementary education. She plays the flute in the band for CB East.

“This was a nice meet for us to have as we finish off the regular season and go on to champs,” she said. “Also, this meet was at night and that just makes it a little more exciting. There were more people in the stands, which makes it more motivating.”

Lina Hofmann was a double winner for CB West’s girls, taking first in the 100 freestyle (55.70) and 100 breaststroke (1:07.95).

“In the locker room, all the seniors were so sad,” said CB West senior Natalie Yim. “It’s our last East-West meet. They just flew by.

“I have a lot of friends on East. Me and Maggie Young are best friends and we ended up swimming next to each other in a relay.

“There’s never any trash talk at this meet. Everyone is smiling and waving at each other. It’s competitive, but it’s a friendly competition. Every year, everyone, especially the freshmen and sophomores, are surprised by the times we do.

“I remember when I was a freshman and swam this meet. I dropped so much time and I didn’t think I could do that, but that’s how this meet is. Everyone pulls out their best, and there’s so much cheering.”

Yim is a National Honor Society officer, is a member of SAGE (Students Acting for a Greener Environment) and she did participate in STEM research club, so she did some science competitions last year. She hasn’t chosen a college yet, but plans to major in biomedical engineering.


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