I’ll have a little more later on detailing what is occupying the thoughts of the No. 1 team on the list, but here’s the latest county rankings.
1. Episcopal Academy (6-0) Last Week: No. 1
The dual meet season comes down to Monday’s tilt with Germantown Academy. More on that momentarily.
2. Haverford (9-1) Last Week: No. 2
The Fords have the edge in the Central League, non-Conestoga division. Strath Haven should give them a solid meet, if not a sustained challenge, this week. Unlike the boys standings where Nos. 1 and 2 are neck and neck, there’s a clear delineation here.
3. Radnor (6-2) Last Week: No. 3
The Red Raiders may have missed their chances at a Central League title against Conestoga and Haverford, but the manhandling of Strath Haven last week was impressive.
4. Upper Darby (6-3) Last Week: No. 4
The Royals’ meeting with Garnet Valley should be an interesting one, perhaps not as interesting as the 95-91 squeaking-by against Lower Merion, but interesting nonetheless.
5. Strath Haven (7-3) Last Week: No. 5
We’ll see what Strath Haven can do against Haverford this week. Regardless of the meet result, the meeting in the 200 free relay should by scintillating, bolstered by the emergence of Kate Willis as one of the county’s top sprinters.
6. Ridley (5-5) Last Week: No. 6
The Green Raiders have a trouncing of Garnet Valley to its name; their meet with Lower Merion should provide a bit of entertainment.
7. Garnet Valley (3-6) Last Week: NR
I include the Jags simply because they’ve had a rough start to the dual meet season, between illnesses, injuries and swimmers being away for Y duty. With the sustained contributions of All-Delco Lauren Early, plus the development of Skyler Berrardi and Lauren Minford, this is a team that’s better than its record indicates.