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Tribe Swim Teams to Advance 100 Percent to District Meet
Written by Ernie Quatrani Correspondent
2016-01-20

Melissa Kilroy swam to a qualifying time with a victory in the 100 backstroke (1:08.4); eight hundredths of a second faster than last year.

        Upper Perk's swim meet against Perkiomen Valley Tuesday was another step in the right direction as the year winds its way toward the postseason.

        "It was exceptionally good," said Tribe coach Brien Kalnoski. "We're swimming very well for this part of the season."

        Many swimmers on both the boys and girls squads did their best times and Melissa Kilroy and Dan Miller made district qualifying times. Miller's accomplishment means Kalnoski now has his first team ever where 100 percent of the swimmers made it to districts.

        The girls were led by senior standout Kirsten Siwy who gave her usual stellar effort, garnering wins in the 50 free (26.36) and 100 breaststroke (1:15.71), recording her best time in the latter.

        In the 50 free, Kirsten had to surge at the end to touch at exactly the same time as the Vikings' Kayla King.

        "I actually had a really bad turn. So I came off my turn and I was like 'That was terrible'. I just put my head down and swam hard. I thought it was cool that [the dead heat] happened."

        Kirsten has been working to improve on her underwater fly kicks and her kicking in general. "That's crucial for the last 15 yards coming in. People tend to die so I've been really working on my kicking."

        Freshman Bailey McCausland also had another excellent meet winning the 200 free in her best time (2:08.22). McCausland dueled with PV's Alyssa Marano throughout the race, forging a small lead at the halfway point and holding on to touch ahead by .24 seconds.

        McCausland is not new to her teammates or the environment, having been a swimmer for seven years, but she credits some of her success to the conditioning program overseen by Kalnoski.

        "The practices, they're really hard and challenging, and it's definitely helping."

        Kilroy got her qualifying time with a victory in the 100 Backstroke (1:08.4), eight hundredths of a second faster than last year.

        Kalnoski also pointed out that Erin Dunphy swam her career best (1:33.57) in the 100 breaststroke.

        The boys did not win any races, but some beat the clock. Tyler Reed swam his fastest time ever in the 500 free (5:16.38); finishing just over four seconds behind the Vikings Luke Waite.

        Kyle Kovalenko dropped significant time in the 200 free (1:59.72), finishing under two minutes for the first time in his career.

        "I think things are going really well for everybody," said senior co-captain Mitch Cairns, who had a couple of second-place finishes. 

        "It's a great thing to see all seven boys, even if it's only seven boys, making districts by a little over halfway through the season. There's a lot of good work being done."

        Kalnoski was happy that Perk Valley coach Brian Ziegler matched his better swimmers to Upper Perk's strengths, providing a welcome mid-season challenge for the Indians.

        "They certainly bring out the best in us each year."

        The Viking boys were led by Waite, Jacob Gamble and Michael Yannantuono. Each won two races. PV outpointed the Indians, 88-56.

        The PV girls won, 88-64, as Elle Thorneloe took two races.

        Kalnoski now plans on prepping his swimmers for the post-season in their specific events. "The kids that have their district times will start swimming those events a little bit more.

        "The only thing I might do in the two free relay and the four free relay is change the order to see if I can get a better combination, but it will be the same four kids so they get used to the timing now in the last four, five meets that we have."

        For those who have not yet qualified for districts, Kalnoski is beginning the process of building up to the final home meet on February 9.

        While the team has a plethora of swimmers heading for the post-season, Kalnoski is quick to point out, "We still have some swimming to go yet."


 

 

 

 

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