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Senior Night Swim Meet a Record-Breaker for Tribe
Written by Ernie Quatrani, Correspondent
2018-02-13

            "It was an amazing night," an elated Brien Kalnoski proclaimed after watching his Upper Perk swim teams set five records in a boys and girls

sweep of Pottsgrove during Senior Night on Tuesday.

            "I've never had a Senior Night quite like this."

            The veteran coach enjoyed Noel Fresa setting a team record in the 100 free with a time of 53.49, eclipsing Kiersten Siwy's 2015 team mark, and in the 50 free in 24.77 establishing new team and pool records.

            "I said to Noel, 'If you're in a race, and if it's not close, then you're racing the record board,' and she apparently took that to heart," Kalnoski said.

            Laura Cooney won the 200 individual medley (2:29.24) and 100 backstroke (1:08.25) while Bailey McCausland took the 200 free (2:06.4) and 100 breaststroke (1:11.49), although the latter race, like several others, was classified as an "exhibition" swim in a good sportsmanship effort to keep the score respectable.

            Kayman Heater touched first in the 500 free (5:46.66).

            The girls 200 medley (Cooney, Erin Dunphy, Caitlyn McKelvy, Heater 2:07.00), 200 free relay (Madison Modugno, McCausland, Jayme Fisher and Fresa 1:45.61) and 400 free relay (Modugno, McCausland, Fisher, Fresa 3:52.50) all came out winners as the girls recorded an impressive 86-60 win.

            The boys 200 medley relay, composed of Dan Miller, Kyle Kovalenko, Joel Williams and Cameron Junk, opened their portion of the meet with a 1:41.09 landmark time setting the stage for a an 87-44 victory.

            "That 200 medley relay, what can you say? That was amazing. They shattered the pool record," said Kalnoski.

            Kyle Kovalenko also raced to a new record in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.80), erasing the previous best by Quinn Perlstein in 2012.

            Kalnoski had a feeling that Kovalenko would break the record--in Districts.

"It's nice that he broke it here."

            Not to be outdone, Pottsgrove's Patrick Agnew set a new pool record in the 50 free (22.14).

            Junk won the 200 individual medley (2:07.31) and 500 free (5:01.68) while Trevor Cairns (200 free 1:54.74), Williams (100 fly 56.54) and Miller (100 back 58.28) also took events.

            The 200 free relay (Miller, Joe McGillen, Kevin Kovalenko, Cairns 1:47.40) and 400 free relay (Junk, Cairns, Williams, Kyle Kovalenko 3:27.23) touched first also.

            While the UP teams are on the smallish side numbers-wise, the quality of the swimmers and coaching gave the Indians reasonable shots at victory in many more meets this winter.

           "At the beginning of the season we expected both the boys and girls teams to be more competitive during our dual meets, Kalnoski explained. 

            The girls managed upset wins against Southern Lehigh and Upper Merion and lost by just six team points to Spring-Ford.

            Now, the dual meet season behind the team, attention turns toward the postseason. Kalnoski will take a couple of swimmers to Perk Valley this weekend for their final chances to swim district-qualifying times, and the team begins to taper for the District 1 AA meet two weeks from now.

            In the coach's view, several of his swimmers have a legitimate shot at getting to States.


 

 

 

 

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