The final double dual swim meet of 2018 was very productive for the Central Bucks West boys and girls swim teams.
Neither was able to earn a victory last Thursday at Pennsbury. The girls fell to the Falcons 102-84 while the boys lost 146-40, but the non-league meet was a success for the Bucks as they headed into the holiday break.
The girls opened up the day with a victory in the 200-yard medley relay as Samantha Remmey, Jessica Kuo, Samantha Seiden and Caroline Stim clocked in at 2:01.06.
Stim won the 500 freestyle (5:41.41) and Kuo took first in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.83) to account for CB West’s individual event winners.
“I’m very excited about our team this year,” said Seiden, a senior captain. “We have a couple of girls who didn’t swim last year who came back to the team this year and so while we have a small team, we actually have some depth, but not enough for a meet like this one.
“We were outnumbered in this meet. I thought we had some good swims but we didn’t have enough to keep up with Pennsbury but we knew that going in. Our goal was just to swim faster times and look at the clock and see if we could do better than we’d done before.
“We weren’t even thinking about who we were swimming against. We thought about our own races and our own times. I think that helps us do better. When we’re not looking at anyone else and just focusing on our own races and what we have to do we tend to swim better.”
Senior captain Gabriel Wingert finished second in two events, the 50 freestyle (23.07) and 500 freestyle (5:04.51), to lead a young CB West boys squad.
“We lost a big part of our team last year,” Wingert said. “Our freshman class is our base class this year and so far they’re doing some really good times. They’re training really hard and I think we have a lot of potential.
“We’re definitely a work in progress. At the beginning of the season I was a little skeptical about how the team was going to look but now it’s looking really good. All the freshmen are pulling through. A lot of them are winning some big races.
“Pennsbury is always a really good team so we didn’t come into this meet with any expectations to win, and the loss doesn’t hurt us because they’re not in our league.
“Our goal was to try to swim our best times. We had a lot of good swims in this meet. We usually don’t perform that well but a lot of us really showed up and did really well.”
For most swim teams, the holiday break is a time to put in some hard work.
“I feel good about where we are,” Seiden said. “We ended the beginning part of the season really nicely. Usually at this pool (Pennsbury) it’s hard to do well but we had a good meet and that’s going to carry us into the break.
“Now we have to put in the work over the break and if we do that, we’ll see good results at the end.”
The girls are now 2-2 for the season while the boys are 1-3.