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Swimming: Council Rock South splits meets with CB South

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Council Rock South had its first home swim meet in two seasons on Tuesday, playing host to Central Bucks South in a Suburban One League crossover meet at Council Rock North.
Both teams returned from the holiday break with gusto, resulting in good swims on both sides. CR South won the boys meet, 105-65 while CB South prevailed in the girls competition, 95-83.
For the CR South boys, Will Slaman won the 200 freestyle (2:02.10) and 500 freestyle (5:33.18), Matthew Vinnikov won the 50 freestyle (23.39) and 100 backstroke (1:02.07), Ryan Sabalaske took first in the 100 butterfly (58.46) and Ian Saca was the winner of the 100 freestyle (54.11).
Umid Akmalov, Chris Saca, Nick Kutsevol and Sam Cantwell teamed up to take first in the 200 freestyle relay (1:42.98) for the Golden Hawks.
“It’s about halfway through the season and we finally had a home meet, and it was great,” CR South senior captain Jay Schilk said. “Last year was so difficult, with not having the other team there so to finally be able to swim against another team at our own pool and win is really good for us.
“We were 0-2 coming into the meet and now we’re 1-2 so obviously I’d like to see us win more meets but I think our future is bright and I’m really excited.
“For myself, I’d like to make the district cut in the 50 free. I’m working at it and I’m getting closer each meet. For our team, I’d like to see us swim really well against CR North. That’s always a tough meet.”
He hasn’t chosen a college yet but would like to major in political science. He is a member of the debate team, the chess team, the political science club and runs the Republican club at CR North.
For the CB South boys, Richard Scholer was a double winner, taking first in both the 200 individual medley (2:10.54) and 100 breaststroke (1:04.77).
The Titans won two relays. Aryan Mistry, Scholer, Eric Simon and Sam Kim began the day with a victory in the 200 medley relay (1:48.99) and Dan Conrad, Kim, Simon and Scholer ended things with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:39.16).
“Our season started off a little slow but then we came back and won two in a row,” said Scholer, a sophomore. “The boys team is low in numbers but we’re trying to pull together. This was a setback but we’ll try to rebound from this.
“So far, I’ve been proud of what we’ve been able to do, especially with how few people we have. We’ve had to improvise and we haven’t been able to put in as many relays as other teams. But I think we can get better than what we are now.”

Scholer is following in the footsteps of his older sisters, Heidi and Haley, both standouts at CB South. Haley is now swimming at Duquesne.
“I got into swimming because of them but I really like the sport,” he said.

For the CB South girls, Riley Reteneller won the 200 freestyle (2:03.19) and 500 freestyle (5:35.06), Gianna Bevivino was first in the 200 individual medley (2:19) and Chloe Gang was the winner of the diving competition (207.45 points).
Kayleigh Halner, Abby Fee, Samantha Rosinski and Danielle Rowley teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:54.16) for the Titans.
“I think our team is doing really well,” said Reteneller, a junior. “There’s a lot of positive energy at practices and everyone’s really trying their best. It’s great to see.
“This was a good meet, very challenging. We just got our third win so it’s good to see us doing well at this point in the season and hopefully everyone will get better as the season goes on.
“I’d like to make districts in the 500 free and the 200 free and go for the school records (both held by Haley Scholer). I’d like to put my name on the board.
“This season has been closer to normal than last year. Last year there was less energy on the pool deck because the boys and girls teams were separated. Now that we’re back together and we’re traveling more, we’re all getting closer together as a team and I’m very happy about that.”
Ella Rossi won the 50 freestyle (26.71) and 100 breaststroke (1:10.52), Miranda Olhasso took first in both the 100 butterfly (1:03.74) and 100 backstroke (1:05.74) while Elana Rhoge was the winner of the 100 freestyle (58.27) for CR South.
The Golden Hawks won two relays. They began the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay by Olhasso, Rossi, Rhoge and Rose Morgan (1:57.47) and Olhasso, Morgan, Rossi, Rhoge ended the day with a win in the 400 freestyle relay (3:52.98).
“This meet was really exciting for us,” CR South senior Emma Sabalaske said. “We were really in it the whole time. There were a lot of races that were really close, We were screaming the whole time.
“With everything that’s happened with COVID being so negative, we’re trying to just make the best of it and have fun. It’s fun to be at our pool and swim with the boys and cheer.
“I’d like to get first or second in SOLs with my one teammate who’s a sophomore (Rossi) in the 100 breaststroke. We want to go 1-2 but honestly, any place is fine as long as we do our best. We’re competitive with each other but it’s fun.”
Sabalaske will continue her swim career at Elizabethtown, where she plans to major in category management.
Both teams are back in action on Friday. CR South travels to SOL National Conference rival Neshaminy while CB South is visiting SOL Colonial and district rival Central Bucks East.


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