Swimming: Some Catholic League action for Cardinal O’Hara, Bonner-Prendergast

We got a Catholic League meet from late Wednesday night that we couldn’t get in today’s paper because of time constraints, but there were some swims from the tri-meet between Bonner-Prendergast, Cardinal O’Hara and Lansdale Catholic that are certainly worth highlighting.

The centerpiece of the meet, held at Widener University, was a 50-42 win by the Bonner-Prendie boys over O’Hara. (Being a tri-meet, teams were limited to two entrants each, hence the low scores; the delay in us publishing results came from having to parse through results and extract three dual-meet scores per heat, an unenviable task for which I thank B-P coach Kim Detweiler for undertaking and providing for us.)

The Friars’ win was brought home by the 400 free relay team of Danny Dwyer, Marc DiLucia, Ian Lynch and Brian Baxter in a time of 3:48.34 to make sure the four-point bulge they held entering the final race held. Baxter won his two events, the 100 and 200 free, while Vincent Brooks took the 50 free. Brooks, Baxter, Dwyer and Marty Fay also won the 200 free relay.

Combined with a 72-20 decision over Lansdale Catholic, Bonner-Prendie’s boys start the season 3-0. A large part of that has been the emergence of two freshmen. One is Dwyer, who’s instantly inserted himself into the A-relay mix. The other is Jack Ellis, a versatile swimmer won the 500 free in 5:51.66, a very strong time considering it was his first time swimming the event.

All the winning times from the O’Hara meet were also good for wins against LC, with the addition Fay in the 100 fly and Dwyer in the 100 back.

O’Hara also romped over Lansdale, 63-24, for a split on the day. Among the fastest swims on the day were Dave Ciavarelli’s double-double-wins (i.e. winning two events in each meet; I’m dizzy, too) in the 100 fly (57.21) and 100 back (1:00.89). Connor Hassard won the 200 IM over both teams, while Cullen Boyle’s time of 1:11.51 was good for two wins, as was the performances of the 200 medley relay team of Ciavarelli, Boyle, Kevin O’Shea and John McNicholas.

In the girls races, it was Lansdale Catholic that took two wins away from competition, their victory over O’Hara by a scant point, 47-46. O’Hara was led by Katie Hay, who continued her PIAA-meet worthy sprinting from a year ago with times of 26.11 in the 50 free and 56.56 in the 100 free, good for wins in both meets. She was also the anchor on O’Hara’s winning 200 and 400 free relays. She was joined in the ranks of the victors by dynamic freshman Hanna Blewitt, who was a double-double-winner in the 200 free and 100 fly. Amanda Devers added a win in the 500 over both LC and BP, the latter of which came by a team score of 64-30.

In the meeting of Delco rivals, Taylor Patterson and Kara Swanick of O’Hara added wins in the 200 IM and 100 back, and the Pandas’ Collen King won the 100 breaststroke. Bonner-Prendie also lost to LC, 65-29, but Victoria Brooks managed to capture a win in the 100 free.

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