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Tribe Swimmers Swept by Spring-Ford
Written by Bradley Schlegel, Staff Writer
2022-01-12

            Though Upper Perkiomen's swim team was swept by Spring-Ford on Tuesday, Mia Hang got one step closer to qualifying for districts, and Josh McKelvy paced the boys with three first-place finishes.

            "We had some good races," head coach Brien Kalnoski said. "We turned in some good performances for this time of year."

Amanda Fadil in the breast stroke.medley re-

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            The Upper Perk girls suffered an 85-56 loss to the visiting Rams. Darragh Martin registered three first-place finishes. Amanda Fadil and Hang each won two events.

            Hang finished third in the 500 freestyle and her time of 5:51.74 beat the consideration time for the District One Class 2A championships. To qualify, the time must be in the top 16.

            The Tribe boys lost 96-70. Eric Harter and Josh McKelvy each posted three first-place finishes. Jack Mooney won two events.

            With six dual meets remaining, the team has begun to shift its focus to qualifying for districts. According to Kalnoski, the swimmers will be covering fewer yards in practice. The coach said he will begin to focus on who has the best chances to qualify for the postseason and who will complete in the PAC Championships, scheduled for Feb. 11-12 at Perkiomen Valley High School.

            "We're right on schedule," said Kalnoski, whose team resumes its schedule Thursday with a home meet against Pottsgrove. "I want the kids to start swimming faster."

            Against the Rams, Martin and Fadil each won individual races. Martin came in first in the 100 backstroke (1:06.58). She added a second place finish in the 200 free (2:10.07). Fadil set the pace in the 100 breaststroke (1:28.55).

            Hang was part of two victorious relay teams. In the 200 free, she teamed with Martin, Fadil and Isabella Lara to post a time of 1:55.1. In the 400 free relay, she teamed with Ysabelle Santos, Lara and Martin to win in 4:22.49.

            Harter and McKelvy won two individual events to pace the Tribe boys. Harter finished first in the 100 backstroke (59.36) and the 200 free (1:50.4).

            Kalnoski described Harter's performance in the 200 free as one of his best overall performances of the season. The coach stated the goal is to get the swimmer under 1:50 in the event.  "Eric's hard work over the holidays paid off," Kalnoski said.

            McKelvy won the 50 free (23.51) and 100 free (51.74). He is close to the District One Class 3A consideration time in both events.

            McKelvy and Harter teamed with Nolan McCloskey and Jack Mooney to win the 400 free relay. Mooney added a first-place finish in the 100 butterfly (57.11) and a second place in the 50 free (23.91).


 

 

 

 

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