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Swimming: CB South girls, boys swim to victory at Pink Out meet


On Tuesday afternoon, the pool at Central Bucks South became an ocean of pink.

The Titans hosted their ninth annual Pink Out for their guests, nonleague opponent William Tennent. The Panthers lost their longtime coach, Lisa Forlini, to breast cancer on Nov. 14, 2015. The event was started by 2013 CB South graduate Stephanie Nickerson, who swam for Forlini as a youngster.

Before the meet, Nickerson, who swam for Lafayette and graduated in 2017, exchanged texts with Tennent coach Meghan Reilly, Forlini’s daughter.

“Let the swimmers know I’m happy everyone is keeping up the tradition alive because I know Lisa is looking down on us and is so happy about all we have done to honor her,” Nickerson told Reilly.

Both teams wore pink caps with “WT” on one side and “CBS” on the other. Each year there is a different pink accessory worn by both teams. This year it was socks with the word “Over” on the left sock and “Come” on the right, and the initials “LF.”

“Lisa was here for the first couple of Pink Outs that we had,” CB South coach Kevin Whelan said. “Four years ago, we had socks like these and Lisa loved them. She didn’t live long enough to make it to the meet, so this year we thought we’d bring them back.”

The meet is always emotional for Reilly.

“This meet is very special because it was started by Stephanie Nickerson in honor of my mom,” Reilly said. “This was always one of the big things that my mom was always excited about and she was able to experience the first ones.

“It’s always important to me, in all the chaos on the deck, to take a moment to just reflect. That doesn’t always happen on the deck because the swimming world is so hectic, but at this meet, I do it.”

Both teams were all business in the water.

CB South won the girls meet by a score of 109-69 and the boys 108-68.

Junior Haley Scholer broke a school record for the Titans with her victory in the 200-yard freestyle. Her time of 1:55.67 eclipsed the previous standard of 1:55.71 by Melissa Ross in 2010.

As a result, Scholer and her sister Heidi between them own every individual swimming event record at CB South and both girls figure into all three relay records as well.

“We had some amazing swims from people,” said Heidi Scholer, a senior captain. “It was a great meet overall. My sister got a school record so now we have every individual record except diving and that’s not a thing we’re going to venture into. We’re going to stay in swimming.

“I’m super proud of Haley. She’s worked so hard for this and it’s awesome to see her break all these records.”

Haley Scholer also won the 100 freestyle (54.17).

The Titans won every event for girls.

Heidi Scholer won the 50 freestyle (24.77) and 100 breaststroke (1:09.90), Danielle Rowley was first in the 200 individual medley (2:39.03), Alexandra Charlton was the winner in diving (246.70 points), Joy Schwedler topped the field in the 100 butterfly (1:05.96), Kaylin Goodling was the winner of the 500 freestyle (5:34.02), Elizabeth Schmidt finished first in the 100 backstroke (1:07.42).

Heidi Scholer, Julia Riegel, Goodling and Riley Reteneller started off the day with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:57.48), Heidi Scholer, Haley Scholer, Riegel and Reteneller won the 200 freestyle relay (1:45.79) and Haley Scholer, Chloe Matsick, Riegel and Goodling touched first in the 400 freestyle relay (3:47.78).

For the CB South boys, Daniel Pohl won the 200 individual medley (2:11.82) and 100 freestyle (52.03), Ryan Kircher was first in the 50 freestyle (23.20) and 100 backstroke (57.52), Aaron Kelemen was the winner in diving (156.70), Alexei Havaka was the victor in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.61) and tied with Colin Harris of William Tennent for first place in the 200 freestyle (2:00.04).

Pohl, Aidan Lee, Havaka and Kircher ended the meet with a triumph in the 400 freestyle relay (3:34.29).

“This meet really means a lot,” Heidi Scholer said. “This is my fourth year doing it and it really brings our teams together. This year the William Tennent girls organized a get-together for the CB South girls and we tie dyed shirts together. It was a great way to just mingle with another team. It was a really fun night, and this is such a fun meet.

“Of course, at this point none of us on the team met Lisa, but we still feel a strong connection to her because of this meet. I think it was great that we started it and that we’ve been keeping it going.”

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