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Small but Mighty' Indians Competitive in loss to Perkiomen Valley
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-01-10

            Though Upper Perkiomen's swimming team was swept by Perkiomen Valley on Tuesday afternoon, Kyle Kovalenko continued to inch closer to pool record.

            In winning the 100 meter butterfly Kovalenko moved less than a half-second from the mark.  "Kyle gets closer to it every week," said Caity Warren, the Indians' assistant swimming coach. "I know he is going to get it."

            Kovalenko was their only double winner in the 92-72 loss to visiting Perkiomen Valley in the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            In the girls meet, Noel Fresa and Bailey McCausland each posted multiple victories for Upper Perkiomen, which lost 94-76.

            Both teams competed against the Vikings, according to Warren. She said the event referee called the Indians "small but mighty."

Kovalenko finished first in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 breaststroke. In the latter, his time of 1:02.34 just missed the pool record.

            "Kyle got so close," said Warren, who coached both teams in place of head coach Brien Kalnoski, who missed the meet with the flu. "He's always right on time and hits his split times every week. I thought he was going to get it."

            According to Warren, Kovalenko seemed less disappointed about the outcome then she did. The coach said the swimmer handles disappointments like that well.

"Kyle always wants to know what he can do to improve," Warren said. "It's really important for an athlete to continue moving forward."

            Cameron Junk finished first in the 50 free in 23.86 seconds. He finished second in the 500 free, but his time of 5 minutes, 12 seconds set a new season best.  According to the coach, Junk displayed the proper mentality to overcome several days without practice due to inclement weather.

            "I told all the kids before the meet that everyone is in the same boat," Warren said. "Are you going to let the situation destroy you, or can you make the best of it?"

            In the girls meet, Fresa competed in the 200 IM for the second time this season and excelled, according to the coach. She said the sophomore, a state qualifying freestyler, attacked the other three strokes with determination.

            McCausland posted a season-best performance in the 200 free (2:06.33). She won the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.34.

            According to Warren, McCausland could qualify for the District One Class AA meet in the 100 breaststroke, or another event.

            "It all depends how fast she is going at the end of the season," the coach said. "What we will do is take a look at all the times for AA teams throughout the district, and make a decision."


 

 

 

 

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