The Perkiomen Valley boys swimming team added another win to their long streak on Saturday, taking first place in the team standings with 286 points in a field of 15 teams at their annual Perk Valley Invitational, holding off second-place Methacton (280), and third-place Bayard Rustin (270.5).
The meet started early morning and ran until late afternoon. The Viking boys hung tough to the final event, sweeping all three relays.
They won the opening 200-yard medley relay with a time of 1:39.04 with Bryce Groshardt, Wyatt Amdor, Logan Thorneloe and Kyle Dix and then took the 200 freestyle relay with a time of 1:29.17 with Dix, Anthony Crane, Thorneloe and Amdor. The Vikings closed out the meet by winning the 400 free relay with a time of 3:16.59 (Crane, Thorneloe, Amdor and Dix).
Owen J. Roberts senior Sam Feiser led the PAC-10 boys in individual wins with two, touching first in the 50 free (21.19) and the 100 free (47.88)
Boyertown senior Steve Miller was the area's only other individual winner, touching first in the 500 free with a time of 4:43.06.
Perkiomen Valley Invitational: W.C. Henderson came away with the victory by a wide margin, ending the day with 402 points at the Perkiomen Valley Invitational. Perkiomen Valley took second (252.5), Methacton placed third (209), and Owen J. Roberts finished fourth (194) in a field of 13 teams.
The Phoenixville girls made the biggest splash for the locals as the Phantoms won the 200 medley relay and also the 200 free relay. And that made the Phantom's Maddie Cooke a four-event winner, because Cooke swam on both relays and also won the 50 free (24.30), and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.98.
The Phantoms winning 200 medley relay posted a 1:53.05 with Kathryn Bland, Cooke, Shawna Moore and Emily Fabius. The 200 free relay swam a 1:40.31 with Fabius, Bland, Moore and Cooke.
The only other individual winners for the locals were Morgan Hansen (Owen J. Roberts), who won the 100 butterfly (1:01.31), and Laura Simpson (Boyertown), who won the 500 free with a time of 5:14.06.
PAISWT: A trio of silver-medal performers led the way as The Hill School placed fourth in the Pa. Independent Schools Wrestling Tournament held this weekend at Mercersburg Academy.
Zack Sheehan (126), Brent Waterman (152), Nick Flanigan (160) and Kostya Golobokov (285) scored seconds for the Blues, who had 10 grapplers place in the Top Eight of their brackets. Chad Saunders (145) and John Hill (220) came away with thirds; Xavier Friel (120), Cameron Dewey (170) and Dymir Davis-Carruth (182) placed seventh; and Grady Craig (138) came in eighth.
The Hill's 160.5 team points ranked behind champion Wyoming Seminary (355), second-place Malvern Prep (183.5) and third-place Germantown Academy (180). The top six wrestlers in each weight class automatically place into next week's National Prep Tournament, with seventh-place finishers first alternates and eighth-place finishers second alternates.
BOYS INDOOR TRACK
PA Indoor Carnival: Spring-Ford came away with the best showing at the PA Indoor Track Carnival at Lehigh University that draws competitors from multiple districts.
Spring-Ford senior David O'Such, not only led the Rams, but was also the area's lone top finisher, winning the 400 meters with a 50.84.
The Rams distance standout Paul Power, took second in the 3,000 with a time of 8:55.91. The Spring-Ford 4x400 relay also took second with a time of 3:31.25. Joe Bush took sixth in the long jump with a 21-4 3/4. Ryan Connelly took eighth in the 60 hurdles with a time of 8.71, Jared Schoemaker took 10th in the 60 dash (23.75)
Daniel Boone sprinter Xavier Smith also had a standout day, taking second in the 60-meter dash (22.42). The Blazers' Adam Ward took fifth in the shot put with a 45-10.
Boyertown's Josh Ward was the area's highest finisher in the shot put, placing fourth with a throw of 47-3. Boyertown's Eli Mercado took fifth in the 400 with (52.42), and the Bears 4x800 relay took sixth (8:37.02).
Travis Wunderlich (Owen J. Roberts) was the area's highest finisher in the high jump with a jump of 5-10.
Indoor MAPL Track Meet: Grant Smith, Braden Cordavari, and Liam Macartney led Hill with first place finishes in their events to lead the Blues as they traveled to Lawrenceville for the Mid-Atlantic Prep League indoor meet.
Smith won the long jump with a 21-6 1/2 and also took second in the shot put with a throw of 43-6. Cordavari won the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.85. Macartney placed first in the pole vault with a 12-6. Nick Woodruff tied for second in the pole vault with a 10-6.
Aidan Sheehan took third in the 1,600 meters with a time of 4:43.34, while the 4x400 relay took second with a 3:44.46.
The Hill boys team took third overall.
GIRLS INDOOR TRACK
PA Indoor Carnival: In the girls meet of the PA Indoor Track Carnival at Lehigh University, it was two Owen J. Roberts standouts leading the locals with Jill Weston taking second in the 800 meters with a 2:20.23, and Holly Sullivan, second in the long jump with 18-3 1/4.
Perkiomen Valley throwing standout Macey Tanseco also took second in the shot put with a throw of 41-11 1/2.
Spring-Ford's Haley Preschutti took sixth in the 800 (2:23.32) and Chelsea Reynolds finished eighth in the 200 with a time 26.63. Boyertown's Jill Bertino finished ninth in the 400 with a time of 1:01.22 while Sarah Taylor (Owen J. Roberts) finished 10th in the 3,000 with a time of 11:05.50. The Bears' Alexandra Heuer placed 11th in the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.66 and 16th in the long jump with a 15-10 1. Perkiomen Valley's 4x800 relay took 10th with a time of 10:28.60.Indoor MAPL Track Meet: The Hill girls also competed in the Mid-Atlantic Prep League indoor meet at Lawrenceville and were led by Hannah Cummings, who took third in the long jump with a 14-7 1/2, and Funmi Lawal who took third in the shot put with a 31-1.
The Hill girls team place fourth overall.
Springside Chestnut Hill 61, Perkiomen School 50: Nicole Pupillo pumped in a game-high 23 points, including six 3-pointers, for Perkiomen. But Pupillo's standout day could not pull out the win for the Panthers in the PAISAA playoffs at The Hill School. Kristen Burdo chipped in big time for Perkiomen, scoring 17 points.
The Panthers got off to a good start, outscoring Springside Chestnut Hill, 16-13, in the first quarter. However, Perkiomen started losing their early momentum in the second quarter as the Panthers went into the half trailing 27-25. Perkiomen was outscored 15-13 in the third quarter, and 19-12 in the final frame.