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Cairns, Diehl, and Williams to Compete in College
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Trevor Cairns, Swimming

            As a ninth-grader, Trevor Cairns considered playing basketball instead of

Trevor Cairns

swimming. But he said the recruiting efforts of Upper Perkiomen head coach Brien Kalnoski coaxed him back to the pool.

            Four years later, Cairns is convinced he made the right decision. The Pennsburg resident will continue his swimming career in the fall at Marymount University in Arlington, Va.

            "Coach Kalnoski absolutely helped get me where I am," said Cairns, who will major in physical therapy in college.

            Despite missing the PIAA Class 3A championships, Cairns peaked at the end of his senior season. He finished 17th in the 500-yard freestyle (4:49.42) and 23rd in 200 freestyle (1:47.94) during the meet at LaSalle University in February.

            According to Kalnoski, Cairns should earn compete in the distance events for the Saints, a Division III school that competes in the Atlantic East Conference, which includes Philadelphia-area schools Gwynedd Mercy, Neumann, Cabrini and Immaculata universities. The coach called his swimmer a perfect fit for Marymount.

            "I think Trevor is going to do well," Kalnoski said. "He's got the skills and the work ethic."

            According to Cairns, mental strength is the key to excelling in distance events. He said he liked the longer races after initially swimming the 500 free, which Kalnoski makes each swimmer compete in at least once a year, for the first time as a ninth-grader.

            "I kept bugging him to let me compete in it," Cairns said. "My times just kept dropping, and I started qualifying for things."


Avery Diehl, Soccer

            Once Avery Diehl developed a degree of comfort with Upper Perkiomen's girls

Avery Diehl (right)

soccer team, her game took off. At forward, she led the Indians in goals over her final two seasons.

            As a senior, she scored a career-high eight goals to help spark the team's journey to the Pioneer Athletic Conference and the Pioneer Athletic Conference.

            "I think it was a good run," said Deihl, a Green Lane resident. "We really progressed at the end of the season. It was great to make it as far as we did."

            Head coach Mike Freed described Diehl, a three-year varsity player and a two-year starter for the Tribe, as someone who put the team first. He called it a rare commodity.

            "Avery did whatever we needed without complaining," Freed said. "She did a nice job putting herself in the right position to make things happen. She's got a real instinct for that."

            Early in her junior season, Diehl developed a feel about where to position herself. The attacker said she preferred to be in the middle of the set. She led the team in scoring for two seasons and finished her career with 17 goals.

            In the fall, Diehl expects to major in physical therapy and continue her soccer career at Penn State Mont Alto, near Chambersburg. She expressed a willingness to play any position in a bid for regular playing time.


Tori Williams, Field Hockey

           Tori Williams declared her senior season as her best with the Upper Perkiomen

Tori Williams

field hockey team. She described it as the culmination of three years of training and learning from her teammates and coaches.

            "They have always been pushing me," Williams said.

            The Pennsburg resident, who played a key role in the team's Pioneer Athletic Conference championship and its state tournament experience, has committed to play the sport next fall at Messiah College, near Harrisburg. The Falcons coaches will appreciate Williams' "incredible" work ethic and leadership ability, according to Indians head coach Jamie Warren.

            "Tori is a good teammate," Warren said. "She's very coachable and likable. She's been one of our top workers in practice."

           According to Williams, the Division III private school displayed the ideal mix of athletics and academics. She also had a positive connection with the coaches and players.

           Williams, who will major actuarial science, described the balance between athletics and academics as really important to her.

            A three-year starter for the Tribe, Williams made her most significant impact on defense. The player said she felt most comfortable working in front of goalkeeper Lynnsi Joyce. Her contributions helped the team reach the District One Class 2A title game.

            "I think the team had a really strong connection that allowed us to go so far in postseason," Williams wrote in a series of text messages. "I was pleasantly surprised when the team came together to win crucial games and (the conference)."





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