WEST GOSHEN — Each year, there is a good non-league showdown between two of the better scholastic swimming programs in District One. It is an early season meet that is the annual "Battle of the Warriors' — a co-ed dual meet featuring the Methacton Warriors from the Pioneer Athletic Conference and the West Chester Henderson Warriors from the Ches-Mont League.
This year, the battle was a Saturday matinee at the West Chester YMCA's pool in West Goshen. Methacton's boys had enough strength up top and overall depth to post a 100-85 win. The Methacton girls swam well but lacked the depth to overtake their hosts. As a result, the Henderson girls were able to log a 101-83 victory.
The local boys got off to a good start when Leon Lin, Dustin Jen, Matt Schulz and Gilbert Price teamed up for a win in the 200-yard medley relay. In the meet's final event, Austin D'Angelo joined with Lin, Schulz and Price to give the Warriors a victory in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:29.02.
Lin and Price both added scoring from individual wins to the Warriors' total. Lin touched first in the 100 backstroke at 57.61 and also placed third in the 200 freestyle at 1:57.86. Price fared equally well with a win in the 50 free at 23.51 and a third-place finish in the 100 free at 52.71.
"My 50 free time was close to my personal best,' said Price, a sophomore. "It's around 23.2. Last year, my time at the beginning of the season was a 24-high. It was a good race. My turn felt good and so did my streamline coming out of it. I also did a 23-low freestyle split in the medley relay.'
The Warriors also picked up an advantage in diving with a 1-2-4 finish by Dan Roy (254.40), Kevin Roy (170.0) and Vince Weirman (135.0). Other key scorers for Methacton were Henry Chang (second, 200 IM; third, 100 butterfly), Colin Mansfield (second, 100 free), Jen (second, 100 breaststroke; fourth, 50 free) and Schulz (second, 100 free; fourth, 200 free).
The Warrior girls were paced by Emily Sykes (first, 200 IM, 2:12.83; first, 100 breast, 1:08.34) and Kirsten Groff (first, 100 free, 54.62; second, 200 free, 1:58.05). The duo also teamed with Sarah Leybold and Jen Rees to win the 200 free relay at 1:43.69.
"That was my third-best time in the IM,' said Sykes, a freshman. "My best is a 2:12.2. Breast is my strongest stroke and it was a good split. I had a 312.3 breast split in the medley relay. My 100 breast was a good race today too. My stroke felt good.'
Groff, a junior, said, "My 200 free was a really good race — a tough race against Henderson's Maddie McNichol. "I've raced her a few times and it's always a good race. The close finish in the 200 got me excited for the 100.
"I was really happy with my race in the 100 free. It was another rally close race with Maddie. This was a good meet. I'm actually starting off the season faster than I did last year.'
Methacton also received scoring help from divers Samantha Lavrich (first, 200.15) and Laura Macken (third, 164.55) and swimmers Sarah Leybold (second, 100 backstroke, 1:06.80); Jen Rees (second, 50 free, 25.96; second, 100 free, 57.71) and Amanda Groff (second, 100 fly, 1:06.79).
"Backstroke was a pretty good race for me today,' said Leybold, a sophomore. "It's a good start. My stroke was good. My season opening times are about the same as last year, but I feel stronger with my stroke this year.'
West Chester Henderson 101 Methacton 83
200-yard medley relay —Henderson (Kosic, Fruwirth, Hazard, Hendricks) 1:54.78; 200 freestyle — McNichol (H)1:57.66; 200 IM — Sykes (M) 2:12.83; 50 freestyle — Kosic (H) 25.84; diving — Lavrich (M) 200.15; 100 butterfly —Hazard (H) 1:01.52; 100 freestyle — Groff (M) 54.62; 500 freestyle — Kelly (H) 5:35.26; 200 freestyle relay — Methacton (Sykes, Lebold, Rees, Goff) 1:43.69; 100 backstroke — Kosic (H) 1:02.62; 100 breaststroke — Sykes (M) 1:08.34; 400 freestyle relay —Methacton (Sykes, Zebrowski, A. Groff, Dobbs) 4:10.24.
Methacton 100 West Chester Henderson 85
200-yard medley relay —Methacton (Lin, Jen, Schulz, Price) 1:43.07; 200 freestyle — Smith (H) 1:52.43; 200 IM — Fruwirth (H) 2:09.43; 50 freestyle — Price (M) 23.51; diving — D. Roy (M) 254.40; 100 butterfly — McCormick (H) 54.87; 100 freestyle — Dychala (H) 51.44; 500 freestyle — Smith (H) 5:10.28; 200 freestyle relay — Henderson (Callahan, Fruwirth, Gomez, Smith) 1:38.49; 100 backstroke — Lin (M) 57.61; 100 breaststroke — McCormick (H) 1:01.01; 400 freestyle relay — Methacton (Lin, Schultz, D'Angelo, Price) 3:29.0.