The Conestoga High School boys' swimming team, which captured the Central League regular-season title, continued its league dominance at the Central League Swimming Championships meet Feb. 15, taking first place in six of the 13 events. Conestoga had 17 boys representing the school, more than half the team making qualifying time cuts.
Stoga's A relay team of Michael Ashmead, Raju Kolluru, Brian McKenrick, and Alex Schon won the 200 yard medley relay to open the meet, and the 400 yard freestyle relay to close it. In the medley relay, Conestoga just touched out the very strong Radnor relay by 0.16 seconds, proving to be one the most exciting races of the day.
Conestoga's B 200 medley relay of Kevin Jay, Alan Shen, Chase Ciotti, and Bohan Song and the B 400 freestyle relay team of Song, Wang, Shen, and Jay also won spots on the award podium, both placing seventh. Another seventh place relay spot was captured by Conestoga's A 200 yard freestyle relay squad of Sawyer Haymen, Song, Ciotti, and Chris Wang, with the B team of Lucas Fanucci, Louis Conroy, Patrick Hopkins, and Kay Zhang placing 15th.
Dual individual titles were earned by the only quad winners of the meet, Michael Ashmead in the both 50 yard freestyle and the 100 yard freestyle, and Alex Schon in both the 200 yard individual medley and the 100 yard butterfly.Through snow delays and cancellations, the Conestoga boys won their final three meets, against Ridley, Garnet Valley, and Penncrest to become Central League regular-season champions.
In their meet against Ridley, winning swimmers included Brian McKenrick, Jake Moran, Raju Kolluru, and Chris Wang in the 200 medley relay, Michael Ashmead (200 freestyle), Brian McKenrick (200IM and 100 free), Bohan Song (50 free), Alex Schon (100 butterfly), Lucas Fanucci (500 free) and Ashmead, Fanucci, Schon, and Sawyer Heyman in the 200 freestyle relay.
Additional swimmers who added to the score were Alan Shen and Ryan Frascella (200 freestyle), Kevin Jay and Kay Zhang (200 IM), Chris Wang and Bohan Song (50 free), Alan Shen and Mason Sellig (100 butterfly), and Kevin Jay and Louis Conroy (100 free). Scoring in the 500 free were Jake Moran and Jack Loewengart, while Patrick Hopkins teamed up with Zhang, Sellig, and Wang to snag some point with their 200 free relay. In the final three events, points were added by Kolluru, Nathan Shreve, and Neil Jakhete (100 backstroke), Ashmead, Josh Gordon, and Eli Holmes (100 breaststroke), and Fanucci, Frascella, Shen, and Song (400 free relay).
Against Garnet Valley, Stoga boys swept the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly. Placing 1-2-3 in the IM were Kevin Jay, Josh Gordon, and Nathan Shreve, while winner Raju Kolluru was followed by Mason Sellig and Kay Zhang in the fly. Chase Ciotti and Sellig took the first two spots in the 200 free, Jake Moran and Dayton Stahl went 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke, Alex Schon won the 100 free, and Lucas Fanucci crushed his competition in the 500 free. Winning relays included the 200 medley team of Kolluru, Gordon, Michael Ashmead, and Schon, and Stoga swept the 200 free relay, with first going to team Ciotti, Fanucci, Kolluru, and Schon, second to Chris Wang, Neil Jakhete, Griffin Hamilton, and Ryan Fraschella, and touching third were Boha Song, Patrick Hopkins, Sellig, and Dylann Duvall. Others finishing in scoring position were Alen Shen, David Nice, Louis Conroy and Eli Holmes.