The preseason Super 7 that went with the preview never quite made it to the blog, but this one, with a little more proof beyond how things looked on paper once upon a time, will have to do. (Team records through Dec. 29)
1. Radnor (4-0)
The Raiders are one of those teams who have had lots of swimmers at club meets in December, dividing their attention somewhat. The biggest takeaway from the first month for Radnor, though, is that Brian McKeon has been the kind of sprinter that they need him to be, something that allows Tim Caulfield to bounce around the distances and cover the freestyle events between them.
2. Haverford School (0-0)
The body of work for the Fords is … well, nonexistent, thanks to snow and Inter-Ac scheduling. But the 1-2 punch of Dan McGrath and Matt Haigh is one of the best in the county.
3. Haverford (4-0)
The Fords haven’t been pushed much yet. It looks like the Central League title discussion involves three teams – Haverford, Radnor and Conestoga – and for the first time in a few years, it could come down to two Delco teams.
4. Strath Haven (5-0)
As they were last year, the Panthers have a chance to spoil the three-team narrative. The ability to win four races in just about any dual meet thanks to Clay Resweber and Tom Platt is unquestioned, while the latter plays a big role in making any relay an instant threat.
5. Penncrest (4-0)
The Lions’ depth isn’t what it was last year. But with the versatility of Philip Nawn and a handful of strong swimmers around him, this is a solid Central League team.
6. Ridley (2-3)
The Green Raiders have some strong swimmers, and a tough early schedule accounts for why the record looks as it does. I think they’ll end up righting the ship when they get into the easier portion of their schedule.
7. Marple Newtown (1-3)
To be honest, it’s slim pickings here. Garnet Valley has great top end talent with Ivan Michalovic and the impressive Andrew Woerth, but limited depth and an 0-6 record. Springfield has some quality swimmers and beat Harriton by a wider margin than Marple. But I’m intrigued by the 1-2 punch of Johnny Truax and Ron Feinberg which could be worth big points in a head-to-head setting.