Swimming: Some first-night observations

A busy first night of the winter season means I didn’t get a chance to head out to a meet, but I did have the opportunity to peruse the results. A few off the cuff observations of some of the highlights:

– The record setting started early for a couple of freshmen. Strath Haven’s Summer Martin set a team record in the 100 free with her time of 54.96 seconds. Ridley’s Gabrielle Rudy added team and pool records in the 200 IM and 500 free in Ridley’s win over Merion Mercy. Not a bad way to start a career.

– Back to Strath Haven, briefly, which also had freshman Camille Jablonski win a pair of events. Combined with Kate Willis, Meg Burns and Frances Resweber, the Panthers have the chance at making some noise at districts in one of more relays.

– Penncrest All-Delco Philip Nawn started the season with a 1:59.61 in the 200 IM, a Penncrest pool record and a time just under two seconds slower than the one his brother Liam used to win the 200 free. And Liam’s time was hardly slow. That’s quite a start to the season.

– Not to be outdone, Ivan Michalovic’s 2:00.22 200 IM and 4:47.11 500 free are nothing to sneeze at. It gets the District qualifications out of the way early, and it’s an early glimpse at the specialties in which Michalovic’s considerable talent will likely be utilized this season.

– Just looking at the time, the 50.34 thrown down by Ridley’s Joe Vannucci in the 100 free without being pushed against Glen Mills is a pretty solid number to start the season. Assuming the senior sticks with the 100 back, we’ll see if the 100 free emerges as a viable contender for his second race in the postseason.

Mary Kate Boylan started fast last year. She’s at it again, posting a 24.92 in the 50 free and 54.50 in the 100 free. That’s a half-second and three-quarters, respectively, off where she was last postseason, times that say a lot about the Penncrest senior’s offseason work.

– We’ve got a pair of early 200-point diving alerts: Brian Layden of Springfield scored 211.61 against Harriton, and Julian Farrer of Marple Newtown scored a 200.50 in the dual meet with Penncrest. Other impressive scores included Strath Haven’s Eleni Pappas (190.50), Penncrest’s Rachel Cotton (184.70) and, from who may be the latest claimant to the Ridley diving lineage, Alex Dawson (172.60). You always have to take diving scores with a grain of salt as they are inherently relative to the judges giving them out, but 200 is a meaningful milestone.

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