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Fresa and Kovalenko Medal at State Meet
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

            Watching Noel Fresa climb onto the medal stand for the first time at the 2018 PIAA Class 2A Swimming and Diving Championships.  Upper Perkiomen swimming

coach Brien Kalnoski fought back tears of joy. Fresa, a sophomore, noticed his eyes getting red. "It was hard to control my emotions," Kalnoski said.

            Fresa captured two individual medals at the event last weekend at Bucknell University. Kyle Kovalenko added one individual medal, becoming the first male athlete from the school to do so since 2013.

            The girls finished in 23rd place out of 54 teams and posted the most team points in school history. Upper Perkiomen's nine individual performers also set a record, according to Kalnoski.

The coach called the performance a banner weekend for the program. He described the season as magical.

"I do not know what the future holds for our program, but a year like this may come around once in a coaching career for a small program like ours," Kalnoski wrote in an email received Monday morning. "I have been blessed to work with wonderful swimmers and parents.  I also have a great assistant coach.  We will continue to work hard and implement the vision and goals that I set five years ago; and work toward continued success."

            By finishing sixth in the 50-yard freestyle Friday, Fresa became the first Tribe swimmer to earn a state medal in 20 years. Kalnoski said he believes she is the first performer to win an individual state medal in school history. The following day, Fresa responded by taking fifth in the 100 free. 

            "Noel is getting to the point where all the hard work she had put in is finally paying off," the coach said. "She has the confidence to swim well in the final round of an event."

            Fresa broke the school record again in the 50 free during the state semifinal race with a time of 24.1 seconds. She entered the final as the eighth seed, and moved up two places after posting a time of 24.14 seconds.

            The following day, she entered the 100 free final as the eighth seed with a preliminary time of 52.93 seconds. Fresa moved up three spaces in the decisive race, posting a time of 52.05 seconds.

            Kovalenko clinched a sixth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke on Saturday. With a final time of 58.71 seconds, he set a new school record in the event for third time since Feb. 13. He broke the same record during the District One meet. The junior, who posted a time of 1:00.11, qualified for the final due to a disqualification, according to Kalnoski.

            "Kyle picked a great time to swim his best," the coach said.

            Kovalenko also finished 29th in the 200 individual medley.

            The girls 400 free relay which included Fresa, Bailey McCausland, Jayme Fisher and Madison Modugno, finished 17th. Their 200 free relay also took 19th place. 

            The boys' 200 medley relay consisting of Dan Miller, Kyle Kovalenko, Joel Williams and Cameron Junk finished 18th overall (1:41.64).

            Junk (20th place) and Trevor Cairns (29th place) completed in the 500 free. 






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