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Reihman, Ott Inducted During Blue and Gold Banquet
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer

Greg Reihman with former coach Bill

Beradelli.  Reihman was inducted into 

the Upper Perkiomen Sports Wall of 


Kristen (Reed) Ott with Todd Neimann, 

Upper Perkiomen's curren head cross

country coach, was inducted into the

Upper Perkiomen Sports Wall of Fame.

            When Greg Reihman graduated from Upper Perkiomen in 1988, he held three school swimming records. More than 30 years later, two of them still stand.

            "I'm kind of surprised by that," Reihman said. "Records are there to be broken.  They have to fall eventually. The sport keeps getting faster."

            Last week, during the Blue and Gold Banquet, Reihman and Kristin (Reed) Ott were inducted into the Upper Perkiomen Wall of Fame. During the May 30 dinner in the high school gymnasium, multiple community organizations honored the school's athletes.

            Bailey McCaulsand and Kyle Kovalenko, a pair of swimmers, each received the Outstanding Athlete Award during the annual banquet. The winners were selected by the head coaches and the athletic director on the basis of their athletic accomplishments. Both received a trophy provided by the Upper Perkiomen Sports Booster Club.

            McCausland, who qualified for the PIAA Class 2A Swimming Championship in a pair of freestyle relays and the 100 meter breaststroke, helped the girls water polo team to the first annual Small School state title.

            Kovalenko, helped the boys water polo team reach the title game of the first annual Small School state tournament, qualified for the PIAA Class 3A Swimming Championships this season after earning a medal at the Class 2A meet as a junior.

            Abriana Gatto and Lance Templeton earned the All-Around Athlete Award. The senior awards were selected by the head coaches and the athletic director on the basis of their athletic accomplishments. Gatto and Templeton each received a trophy and $200 scholarship.

            Gatto excelled for the Indians' field hockey team. The speedy attacker earned a Second Team all-state selection as a junior and a senior by the Pennsylvania High School Field Hockey Coaches Association. She also ran sprints for Upper Perkiomen's track and field team.

            Templeton played baseball and ran cross country for the Indians. This spring, the catcher earned first-team All-Frontier Division honors and helped his team qualify for the Distirct One playoffs. In the fall, he finished 40th in the Pioneer Athletic Conference meet and 168th in the District One Class 3A Championships.

            Reihman was a standout performer for the Indians swimming and water polo teams. As a senior swimmer, he captured District One and PIAA championships in the 200 free and 500 free events. He earned All-America honors in both events, and was ranked 28th in the nation in the 200 free and 40th nationally in the 500 free. Overall, he competed in the state swimming championships in three of his four seasons on his way to being named the team's MVP in three consecutive seasons.

            With the water polo team, Reihman served as the team captain as a sophomore, junior and senior and was named the MVP after each season. Bill Beradelli, a former swimming and water polo coach at Upper Perkiomen, described Reihman – who grew up in Green Lane – as the most dynamic athlete he ever coached. Beradelli said what he admired most about his former pupil was his modesty in victory and sportsmanship.

            "Greg was so nice, his main rival couldn't hate him," the former social studies teacher said during his introductory speech.

            Reihman excelled equally well in the classroom. As a senior, he earned a National Merit Scholar honorable mention and was named an NISCA All-American. At Yale University, Reihman continued to excel at both sports. He played water polo for the Bulldogs until the team folded after his junior year. As a senior, he qualified for the EISL Championship Qualifier in the 100, 200 and 500 free as well as the 400 free relay.

            He also became one of only three men to serve as a team captain for two years.
Since graduating from the Ivy League school with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1992, academia has been his focus. He currently serves as Lehigh University's Associate Vice Provost, Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and as an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy.

            Reihman reminded the athletes in the audience to thank their parents and family for their support, and instructed them to listen to their coaches and work as hard as possible in their respective venues.

            "No amount of talent can replace hard work," said the educator, who lives in the Lehigh Valley with his wife Kristen and their four children. "That's what I tell my kids."

            According to Reihman, athletics created a clear connection between hard work and success for him. He said it also taught him how to accept good advice that he could use throughout his life. Despite all his success in the pool, Reihman maintained a sense of pride and humility "since someone is always faster than you."

            In his introductory comments, Todd Niemann – Upper Perkiomen's head cross country coach – described Ott, a 2006 graduate, as the school's greatest distance runner. Competing for with the cross country, girls soccer, winter track and spring track teams, she collected eight team MVP awards.

            Kristin had more guts and grit than any other athlete I've ever coached," Niemann said.

During her acceptance speech, Ott thanked her coaches and family for their support and wished the graduating seniors luck.

            In cross country, she qualified for the PIAA championships three times and won one medal. Ott served as girls soccer captain as a junior and senior.

            In winter track, she qualified for the state championships three times and won a medal. Ott set the school record in the mile with a time of 5 minutes. 12.88 seconds.
In the spring, she helped lead the girls track and field team to a Pioneer Athletic Conference with a 9-0 record. She excelled in the 1,600 meter run, earning a silver medal at the PIAA championship meet. Her school record in the event (4:57.15) has not been broken.

"I liked to compete," she said after the banquet ended. "And I liked being part of a team." 

            Ott, who grew up in Marlborough, continued to compete on the track at the University of Maryland. She participated in cross country, winter track and track and field all four years for the Terrapins. She excelled in the Steeplechase, an event that features multiple barriers for the participants to clear, including a water pit. She set the school record in the 3000 meter Steeplechase in 2008 and qualified for NCAA Regionals the following year.

            After graduating from Maryland with a four-year degree in Physical Education, she earned a pair of Master's Degrees from Drexel University (Special Education/Autism) and Holy Family University (TESOL) in 2013 and 2018, respectively. 






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