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Lyman Sets Pool, Team Records
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-01-29

            Sean Lyman approached his final home meet of the season looking to set the pool record in the 200-yard IM. However, the school record seemed out of reach. 

Sean Lyman set pool record and school record.

"We were all swimming tired," Lyman said.

            However, the Upper Perkiomen junior shattered both marks during the meet against Norristown. His victory in the event, with a time of 1 minute 57.50 seconds helped lead the team to an 81-56 victory on Thursday, Jan. 23.

            "It's been a dream of mine to set a team record since I was in ninth grade," Lyman said.

            Trevor Cairns led the boys with three first-place victories. He won two individual events, the 200 free and the 100 butterfly, He also teamed with Kevin Kovalenko, Eric Harter and Lyman to win the 200 free relay. Harter won the 100 backstroke, Colin Henry won the 500 free, and participated in the successful 200 medley relay with Joe McGuillen, Josh McKelvy and Michael Syzmanski.

            The girls posted an 81-55 win. Noel Fresa won the 200 IM and the 100 free. Devin Romanowski captured the 50 free and the 500 free.

            Caitlyn McKelvy and Darragh Martin each finished first in two events. McKelvy won the 100 butterfly and Martin won the 200 free. They combined to finish first in the 200 medley relay with Mia Hang and Laura Cooney.

            On Tuesday, the Indians split a meet at Upper Merion. Fresa and Martin each won three events to lead the girls to a 95-85 victory. Fresa won the 50 free and the 100 free. She also teamed with Romanowski, Martin and Kayman Heater to win the 200 free relay. Martin finished first in the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke.

Heater won the 500 free relay. Romanowski finished first in the 200 free, and Martin won the 200 IM

The boys lost 116-59. Cairns (200 free), Lyman (500 free) and Harter (100 backstroke) posted first-place finishes.

            Head coach Brien Kalnoski said he figured Lyman had a shot at the 200 IM team record in a few weeks. Lyman said the support of his teammates helped motivate him to go fast against  the visiting Eagles.

"Sean is an all-around good swimmer, the coach said. "He works as hard as everyone in practice, and his results show that."

            The Pennsburg resident has already qualified for the District One Class 3A championships in the 200 free, 500 free, the 200 IM, the 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly and the 100 breaststroke. Lyman said he'll likely compete in the 500 free and 200 IM. He called the 500 free his best event, and likely his best opportunity to qualify for states.

            "I'm a distance guy," Lyman said. "I can just keep going and going."

            Kalnoski described Lyman's versatility as an integral part of the team's success. The coach said he has utilized the swimmer at multiple positions during a meet.

            Lyman describes his participation in the 200 IM as fun. He said its enjoyable to swim each stroke during a race.

            According to Kalnoski, there's not much difference between the best and the worst stroke. Lyman identified freestlye as his best and the breaststroke as his worse.  "I need to go faster in the other three to make up for the breaststroke," he said.

            Lyman has worked recently on improving his breaststroke. He said its where the necessary three seconds can be shaved in order to qualify for the PIAA championships.

            "I think getting to states in the 200 IM will be pretty tough," Lyman said.


 

 

 

 

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