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Swimming: Rams defeat Panthers


The Pennridge-Quaketown rivalry is a big one in every sport, and swimming is no exception.

The two met in an annual Suburban One League Continental Conference double dual meet on Thursday at Grand View Natatorium at Pennridge.

Pennridge won the girls competition by a score of 109-71 and the boys 116-58.

Lauren Scott won two individual events for the Rams, taking first in the 200 freestyle (2:02.52) and 100 butterfly (1:03.73) while Emily Myers took first in the 200 individual medley (2:27.32) and 100 breaststroke (1:13.26).

Hanna Geib won diving for the Rams with a score of 160.95 points while Adi Garges chipped in a victory in the 100 freestyle (56.93) and Reagan Vesey was first in the 100 backstroke (1:10.18) to round out the individual event winners.

Garges, Logan Jordan, Lea Preston and Scott teamed up to win the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.14) while Garges, Preston, Myers and Scott won the 400 freestyle relay (4:06.16).

“This is a really nice meet for us,” said Scott, a sophomore. “A lot of us know each other from club swimming so all day you saw people congratulating each other and hugging each other. It’s very friendly. Both teams had good swims and I think it’s because everyone is really motivated to swim well and we all push each other. It’s a fun meet.”

Early in the season, Scott was focused on making her cuts for the District One Class 3A meet in the 100 and 200 freestyles.

“I did them so now I just want to keep dropping time,” she said. “I’m training really hard for districts.”

Scott’s older sister, Morgan, was an eight-time PIAA medalist in both the 100 and 200 freestyles, winning the 200 freestyle three times and finishing second once and winning the 100 freestyle twice and finishing second twice in her stellar career.

She is now a sophomore at Alabama after an All-American freshman year at Indiana.

“I don’t think about what she did,” the younger Scott said. “I just think about my own goals and what I want to accomplish. We have separate goals, even though we swim the same events.

“The funny thing is, I didn’t realize right away that we swam the same events because she’s so much older so we were never on the team at the same time. It didn’t click right away that I’m swimming the same exact things that Morgan swam.

“People do bring that up but I think they understand that I just want to do my own thing.”

In addition to swimming, Scott is in the Key Club and is on the executive counsel for her class.

For Quakertown’s girls team, Lilly Bauz was a winner in the 50 freestyle (25.73) and Janell Keller topped the field in the 500 freestyle (5:53.40).

The Quakertown girls started off the day with a win in the 200 medley relay. Hannah Beil, Bauz, Keller and Erin Figueroa touched in 2:03.46 for the Panthers.

Pennridge’s Joseph Hong won the 100-yard breaststroke in a pool record time of 58.92, lowering his own record of 1:00.90. Hong also won the 100 butterfly (54.31).

Darien Rajan was also a double winner in individual events for the Rams, taking first in the 200 freestyle (2:01.54) and 500 freestyle (5:33.49).

Nick Marzuco won diving (153.30 points) and Greg Bashaar finished first in the 100 backstroke (58.03) for Pennridge.

Bashaar, Hong, Brett Musselman and Julian Arteaga took first in the 200 medley relay (1:43.12) and Sean Whitehurst, Musselman, Arteaga and Hong ended the day with a victory in the 400 freestyle relay (3:32.52).

For Quakertown’s boys, brothers Caleb Einolf won the 200 freestyle (2:07.17) and Tyler Einolf won the 100 freestyle (50.48).

Tyler Einolf, Ben Stella, David Pyfer and Daniel Litvinchuk won the 200 freestyle relay for the Panthers (1:37.29).

“This isn’t necessarily our biggest rivalry because they have a much bigger program than we do,” said Tyler Einolf, a senior who is also on the volleyball team at Quakertown. “So we don’t always have the best chance of beating them.

“But because of our football rivalry and the fact that there are so many friendships between both teams, I think that’s what makes this such a big meet. We always have good races.

“It’s just a fun meet for both teams to swim. A lot of us know each other from our club teams because there’s some of us swimming for their aquatic club and some of them swim for our YMCA team. It’s really fun to swim against people that you know.”

He has a very specific goal for himself.

“This year I want to make it to states in the breaststroke,” he said. “I think it’s definitely doable for me, but we’ll see what happens.”

Einolf is a member of the National Honor Society. He is hoping to go to West Point and major in military science with an eye toward a military career.

“I know that’s a long shot so I’m still finding out about other schools,” he said. “If I go to West Point, they have a really good swim team and I’m not sure I’d make it so I want to make this year count. Our team is really growing. We have a lot of incoming freshman, especially for the girls, so it’s going to be interesting to see how the season plays out for us.”