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Lady Indian Swimmers Upset Spring-Ford, Methacton
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2019-01-27

            As he does before every dual meet, Brien Kalnoski gamed up Upper Perkiomen's girls swim meet against Spring-Ford and projected a six-point victory.

Bailey McCausland posted four first place finishes in the

meet against Spring-Ford.

Last week, the team won by 11 points.

            Bailey McCausland and Noel Fresa each posted four first-place finishes to help lead the Indians to a 91-79 victory in the Pioneer Athletic Conference on Thursday, Jan. 17. Maddie Modugno added three individual victories.

            According to the coach, nine of Upper Perkiomen's 10 participants scored to help the team defeat the visiting Rams, who utilized nearly three times as many swimmers, and post the first-ever victory in the series.

            "The girls were very happy," he said. "This was a significant win. Slowly and steadily, we have been working to build a program over the last six years. I think we're starting to surprise some people."

            According to Kalnoski, the outcome likely caught the attention of the opposing coaching staff. Devin Romanowski says the Indians' greatest strength may be their versatility.

            "Even though I felt we could do it, the outcome was still surprising," said Romanowski, a sophomore. "I feel like most people are impressed with how we are doing. We have a bunch of people who can do all the different strokes."

            On Tuesday, the Indians registered another historic victory in the Pioneer Athletic Conference. They posted a 101.5-81.5 road win over Methacton for the first time in school history.

Fresa and Bailey McCausland each won four events. Romanowski added three first-place finishes.

            Against Spring-Ford, Kalnoski set his lineup with the intent of maximizing team points. He projected an 88-82 victory.  "Fortunately, the moves worked out," he said.

            Fresa set yet another team record by winning the 100 yard butterfly. Her time of 1:00.01 shattered the previous mark, set 22 years ago, by 1.71 seconds.  McCausland, who won the 200 free and the 100 breaststroke, teamed with Fresa, Romanowski and Maddie Modugno finish first in the 200 and 400 free relays. "We needed to win both of those," Kalnoski said.

            Romanowski added a third-place finish in the 100 free and took second in the 100 backstroke. The coach said Faith Kilbride and Makalya Jones added critical fifth place finishes in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, respectively.

            According to Romanowski, the team should compete for the District One Class 2A title. She said getting several performers to the state meet would be a significant accomplishment.

            Two days earlier, the girls swept a tri meet over Pottsgrove (58-36) and Pope John Paul II (76-18). Fresa and Romanowsk each won four events. Darragh Martin and McCausland both delivered three first-place finishes.

            Kyle Kovalenko's two-first place finishes paced the Upper Perkiomen boys in their 110-60 loss to Spring-Ford on Jan. 17.  Trevor Cairns qualified for the 500 free in the District One Class 3A championships during the meet.

            The boys lost 92-80 to Methacton. Kevin Kovalenko finished first in the 100 yard breastroke and a part of the 400 free relay with Kyle Kovalenko, Sean Lyman and Cairns. Colin Henry won the 100 backstroke.

            They defeated Pottsgrove (79-13) and Pope John Paul II (75-19) in the tri-meet. Kovalenko and Lyman each won four events. Cairns and Joe McGillen each posted three first-place finishes.son.


 

 

 

 

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