WESTTOWN - When Westtown School's girls' swimming team hosted the Tatnall School (Del.) on Thursday, the team's three stellar pillars -- Katie Schick, Stephanie Schick and Alyce Faye Eichelberger -- were all coming off highly-competitive invitational meets outside school competition.
But, they still were able to step up and swim well. The three were all quadruple-winners as they led the Quakers to a 90-72 Delaware Independent School League win over the visiting Hornets. The win lifted their record to 2-1. The Quaker boys, meanwhile, improved to 1-2 overall with a 64-58 victory over Tatnall.
The trio opened the meet and closed the meet the same way -- on a winning relay team with Stephanie Graziani. The Quakers touched first in the 200-meter medley relay with a time of 2:14.93, and ended the meet with a win in the 400 freestyle relay at 4:37.09.
Individually, Eichelberger took first place in the 200 IM with a clocking of 2:31.67, and added a win in the 100 breaststroke at 1:20.57. Eichelberger recently was in her native Holland to compete in the Dutch Open National Swimming Championships in Dodrecht, Netherlands.
"In the meet in Dodrecht, I swam the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, the 50 and 100 free and the 200 IM,' said Eichelberger. "I won silver medals in the 100 back and 200 back and the bronze medal in the 200 IM. I wasn't tapered at all for the meet.
"My times in today's meet were all right. They're better than they were at the start of last year -- probably because I'm stronger. My best race today was the 200 IM. The strokes all felt good.'
Steph Shick won the 50 free at 29.0 and the 100 backstroke at 1:14.81 in Thursday's meet against Tatnall. Her twin sister, Katie, took first in the 200 free with a time of 2:20.42, and came back later to win the 100 free at 1:05.48.
"The 50 free was pretty good,' said Steph Schick, who along with her sister competed for Golden Ram Aquatics at the recent TYR Cup, a three-day meet at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster,
"I just came back from TYR so I'm still pretty strong in the water. We didn't taper. We just had three days' rest and that helped. I wasn't feeling that tired today. Backstroke was all right. I haven't trained too much in back with GRA.'
Katie Schick, who will attend Loyola University next year -- along with her twin sister -- said, "My 200 free felt strong today. I went out a little hard and then backed off some. I've been feeling good this week. My 100 was good too. I like racing the 100. I'm a sprinter and I love to sprint.'
The Quakers' other individual winner was Meghan Huggihalli. The talented freshman touched first in the 400 freestyle with a time of 5:44.44.
"This was my first time to swim the 400,' said Huggihalli. "Usually, I swim the 200 IM and the 100 backstroke. It was hard at first to figure out how to pace myself in the 400 but my teammates helped me. I was really, really strong at the ends so maybe I should have pushed harder in the middle.'
In the other meet, visiting Tatnall had just five boys -- but they were all good. The Hornets' David Crossland set a pool record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 59.94.The Quakers touched first in just three events. Christian Carmellini won the 200 IM with a time of 2:37.14, Joshua Shenot took first in the 400 free at 5:03.66 and Dire Ezeh posted the fastest time in the 100 breaststroke at 1:24.71.
"Breast was my fourth race today so I did O.K.,' said Ezeh, who also runs track at Westtown. "My best race was the medley relay. My breast split felt like a really good split.'
Carmellini, who was also second in the 100 fly, said, "My races were awful today. I haven't gotten much sleep because this is exam week. And, I knew the guy (Crossland) had an advantage on me in fly. I was just really tired today. I guess my times were O.K. for not having much sleep.'
Westtown School 90
Tatnall (Del.) 72 (GIRLS)
200-yard medley relay -- Westtown School (Schick, Schick, Eichelberger, Graziani) 2:14.93; 200 freestyle -- K. Schick (W) 2:20.42; 200 IM -- Eichelberger (W) 2:31.67; 50 freestyle -- S. Schick (W) 32.06; diving --not contested; 100 butterfly -- Stevlai (T) 1:13.93; 100 freestyle -- K. Schick (W) 1:05.48; 400 freestyle -- Huggihalli (W) 5:44.44; 200 freestyle relay -- Tatnall (Humphrey, Morgan, Mariner, Stevlai) 2:09.09; 100 backstroke -- S. Schick (W) 1:14.81; 100 breaststroke -- Eichelberger (W) 1:20.57; 400 freestyle relay -- Westtown School (Schick, Schick, Eichelberger, Graziani) 4:37.09.
Westtown School 64
Tatnall (Del.) 58 (BOYS)
200-meter medley relay -- Tatnall School (Crossland, Crossland, Narmanian, Mariner) 2:09.40; 200 freestyle -- D. Crossland (T) 2:05.02; 200 IM -- Carmellini (W) 2:37.14; 50 freestyle -- Mariner (T) 28.24; diving -- not contested; 100 butterfly -- D. Crossland (T) 59.94; 100 freestyle -- Mariner (T) 1:05.32; 400 freestyle -- Shenot (W) 5:03.66; 200 freestyle relay -- Tatnall School (Crossland, Crossland, Narmanian, Mariner) 1:56.69; 100 backstroke -- J. Crossland (T) 1:12.88; 100 breaststroke -- Ezeh (W) 1:24.71; 400 freestyle relay -- not contested.