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Tribe Swimmers Compete in PAC Championships
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2020-02-19

            A fourth-place finish by in the boys 200 free relay highlighted Upper Perkiomen's performance in the Pioneer Athletic Conference's open swim meet last weekend. Trevor Cairns, Eric Harter, Kevin Kovalenko and Sean Lyman posted a time of 1:34.19. The quartet added a sixth-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:26.13) on Saturday, Feb. 15 during the meet at Perkiomen Valley High School.

            Neither of the Indians boys or girls team competed for a conference championship. Head coach Brien Kalnoski described the event as a last opportunity to qualify for the District One championship meet, scheduled for Feb. 27-28 at LaSalle University.

            Joseph McGillen finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.16). Harter ended up in 11th place in the 200 free (1:54.27). Michael Szymanski took ninth in the 500 free and 17th in the 100 butterfly.

            The girls were led by a ninth-place finish in the 200 medley relay on Friday, Feb. 14. Laura Cooney, Mia Hang, Caitlyn McKelvy and Emily Francisco posted a time of 2:05.90.

            The quartet hit the district qualifying time they were looking for, according to the coach.

            "They all gave a strong effort," Kalnoski said.

            Individually, McKelvy finished 13th in the 100 fly and 21st in the 100 backstroke. Cooney ended up 16th in the 200 IM and 20th in the 100 back. Mykayla Jones delivered a17th place finish in the 50 free and a 21st place in the 100 free. Francisco took 17th in the 100 fly.

            According to Kalnoski, Noel Fresa, Devin Romanowski, Darragh Martin and Kayman Heater decided not to compete in either the 200 or 400 free relays.

            Competitors for the District One Class 2A girls meet will be announced Sunday, according to the coach. He expressed a high level of confidence that Fresa has already qualified. Kalnoski said Romanowski and Martin have a good chance, and that Heater, Cooney and Hang have a fair shot.

            "All three have strong times, but must be in the top 18," the coach said.

            Additionally, Kalnoski said his is fairly confident the 200 Medley Relay, the 200 free and 400 free relays will qualify for districts.

            Lyman and Cairns have each qualified for the District One Class 3A meet in two individual events. Lyman will compete in the 200 IM, while Cairns will swim in the 200 free. Both will contend for the 500 free title. Kovalenko qualified for the 100 breaststroke.


 

 

 

 

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