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Cairns, Upper Perkiomen Boys Ready for New Challenge
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2018-12-12

            Through no fault of his own, Trevor Cairns' bid to return to the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships will require significantly more effort than

Sean Lyman competes in the 200 Individual Medley for

for Upper Perkiomen.

last season. The Upper Perkiomen junior figures he needs to shave at least 10 seconds off his current time in the 500-yard freestyle to get back to states.

            "It's going to take work," head coach Brien Kalnoski said. "We're going to figure out how to get that time down during the season."

            Unlike previous seasons, the Indians boys will be competing in Class AAA. According to head coach Brien Kalnoski, the unit will be the second smallest team in its classification throughout District One. He said getting those swimmers to the district will be a challenge.

"There's nothing wrong with asking the guys to raise their games," the coach said. "It's a different type of pressure when you are shooting for the triple A times, because that group is so deep."

            Last week, the boys opened their dual meet season with an 88-79 non-league loss to visiting Schuylkill Valley. Sean Lyman, Kevin Kovalenko and Cairns each led the team with a pair of first-place finishes.

            Lyman won the 200 IM in 2:07.05. Kovalenko captured the 100 breaststroke (1:05.85) and Cairns finished first in the 500 free (5:06.71). The duo also teamed with Joe McGillen to capture the 400 free relay.

            Noel Fresa, a two-time returning state medalist, captured two first-place finishes to lead the Upper Perkiomen girls in a 95-75 loss to the Panthers on Dec. 7.  Fresa, who captured two state medals last season, won the 100 free (54.26 seconds) and anchored the successful 200 free relay with Devin Romanowski, Madison Modugno and Bailey McCausland.

On Tuesday, the Indians girls posted a 97.5-87.5 victory over Perkiomen Valley for first time in school history. Fresa (50 free and 100 free) and McCausland (200 free and 100 breaststroke) each won a pair of individual races. The boys lost 119-64.

            Last season, the Upper Perkiomen boys excelled in the AA classification. Kyle Kovalenko finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke, becoming the first male athlete from the school to capture and individual state medal since 2013.

            At districts, Kyle Kovalenko finished second in the breaststroke and third in the 200 IM and helped the 200 medley relay earn a bronze medal. Cairns delivered a sixth-place finish in the 500 free during the meet at LaSalle University to finish second overall.

            This year, thanks to the reclassification, the Indians will compete against the larger schools.  According to Kalnoski, the focus of the 12-member team will shift to being as successful as possible and keying on individual accomplishments.

            "Initially, it might have been a little disappointing to move up to AAA," said Cairns, who finished 29th in the 500 free at states last season. "But this team is good enough to compete at the higher level." 

            Kalnoski said he may have to adjust the boys training to get them to peak earlier in the season in order for them to reach the district qualifying times.

            "Coach K has done a great job putting us in the right place to succeed," said Cairns, who also hopes to qualify for districts in the 200 free.

            According to Kalnoski, the girls team should surprise some of its dual meet opponents and possibly move up the standings at the District One Class AA meet. He described the 14-member roster, which includes seniors Bailey McCausland, Madison Modugno Erin Dunphy and Faith Kilbride, juniors Lexi Hughes and Fresa;  sophomores Laura Cooney, Caitlyn McKelvy, and Devin Romanowski; and ninth graders Emily Francisco, Mia Hang, Mykalya Jones and Darragh Martin as solid. Several of the girls have already made their district qualifying times, according to the coach.

            "Win or lose, the girls should give a lot of teams a run for their money," Kalnoski said.


 

 

 

 

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