PHILADELPHIA - After winning a gold two silver medals on opening day of the District 1-AA Girls Swimming Championships, it's hard to imagine a freshman winning another gold and breaking a district record just a day later.
But that's just what Phoenixville's Maddie Cooke did March 1 at Kirk Natatorium on the campus of La Salle University.
Cooke won the gold in the 100 breast with a time of 1:04.62, breaking a rcord set by Gwynedd Mercy Academy's Allie Szekely last season.
"I was so shocked but so happy when I looked up and saw that I set a new record,' she said following the awards ceremony. "When I dove in, I just had a feeling that this race was going to be special.'
Adding another gold medal to her repertoire, Cooke totale3d four medals in what was sure to be a special weekend for her.
"The whole season has been so great for me,' she said. "I've been training real hard, and I'm so excited that it's paying off. At this point, I'm really satisfied with how things have gone.'
In her first season with the Phantoms, Cooke often looked to her senior teammate as both a leader and a sister in the pool.
Shawna Moore, who has competed alongside Cooke since grade school, placed sixth in the 100 free with a time of 55.27.
"It was a great race, and I feel confident with my time,' said Moore. "Overall, this whole weekend has been amazing.'
Although she is happy with the times she posted throughout the weekend, Moore can't help but to feel mixed emotions with graduation coming in just a few months.
"These are the type of girls wyou can easily build a team around,' Moore said followign the meet. "I'm really going to miss them after I graduate. Even though I won't be here, I'm excited to see what these girls can do next year.'
Following her time at Phoenixville, Moore will go on to the United States Military Academy at West Point.
"These past four years have been absolutely amazing,' Moore said. "I've loved every minute with these girls, and I couldn't be happier to spend my final season with them.'
Phoenixville freshman Kathryn Bland finished the Class AA 100 back with a time of 1:03.40, good enough for 11th place. ... Phoenixville's girls 200 freestyle and 200 medley relays won second-place silver medals with times of 1:49.59 and 1:37.80, with teams of Moore, Cooke, Bland and another freshman, Emily Fabius. ... In the Class AAA 500 free, Spring-Ford's Rebecca Cubbler finished at 5:20.0, giving her 19th place. ... Megan Gray of Perkiomen Valley tied for eigth in the Class AAA 100-yard free with a time of 53.70 while Jen Rees finished 16th, touching the wall at 54.66.
On the boys' side, Perkiomen Valley sophomore Wyatt Amdor won a gold medal at districts. Amdor placed first in the 100--yard breaststroke with a time of 57.03, earning his first career gold medal.
Amdor was also a part of the Vikings' 400 free relay, which placed fourth. The relay group, composed of Kyle Dix, Amdor, Anthony Crane and Logan Thorneloe, finished at 3:10.14.
Phoenixville's Josh Ziev grabbed third place in the Class AA 100 breast with a time of 1:05.52.
"I'm a person that just never wants to lose. I've always been that way,' said Ziev following the awards ceremony. "I knew I could have success coming with that mentality.'
With the bronze now added to his collection, Ziev totaled four medals by the end of districts. Along with fourth in the boys 400 free relay March, he also earned fourth in the 200 medley relay and fifth in the 200 free on Feb. 28.
Phoenixville's Jan Aclan placed fifth in the 100 back at 59.91.
Aclan, Ziev, Josh Hayward and Robert Newman finished the 200 medley realy in 1:47.12.