For the second straight year, the Delco District 12 contingent at states will be dominated by the girls.
Archbishop Carroll’s Caroline Quindlen, Bonner-Prendergast’s Victoria Brooks and Cardinal O’Hara’s Hanna Blewett each qualified for the PIAA Championships in a pair of events at Saturday’s Philadelphia Catholic League and District 12 Championships.
(For clarification’s sake, the Catholic League championships are held in the morning, then teams are reclassified into AA and AAA and joined by the five or so public league swimmers to fight for the one automatic PIAA bid and the right to qualify for at-large bids. Full results can be found here.)
Blewett’s District 12 triumphs came with a pair of Catholic League titles. She turned in consistently stellar times in the 50 freestyle throughout the day. She won the PCL title in 24.47 seconds, with teammate Julia Boyle second, Brooks fourth and Carroll’s Olivia Snyder fifth. Blewett was quicker in the Class AAA final, winning in 24.42, then led off the 200 free relay with a time of 24.37.
In the 100 free, Blewett won the PCL title in 53.42 seconds and improved her time to 53.02 to waltz to the Class AAA title by almost a second.
Quindlen won the Class AA 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 18.05 seconds, then proceeded to win the 100 backstroke in 1:00.00. In the morning, Quindlen was crowned the Catholic League champ with a time of 59.42 seconds.
Quindlen also led off the 200 medley relay team of Zoie Octaviano, Snyder and Molly Santoro which booked a states trip.
Brooks proved to be the top of the Class AA sprinting heap, speeding up to 25.94 in districts to edge out Snyder (26.29) for the trip to Bucknell. Books also won the 100 free, turning in an evening time almost two seconds faster than her PCLs swim to win in 57.20, barely getting to the wall ahead of Landsale Catholic’s MaryCate Coyle (57.37).
On the boys side, Carroll’s Richie Giuliani is looking at three swims at states.
Giuliani won the Class AA 100 free in 51.41 seconds, easily outdistancing Bonner-Prendergast’s Danny Dwyer in second and Carroll teammate Matt Maerz in fourth. Giuliani added a win in the 100 backstroke in 58.05, again at the expense of Dwyer.
In the 200 free relay, Giuliani’s anchor leg of 22.86 seconds paced the squad of Maerz (second in the 50 free), Patrick Hislop and Matt Crawford to a win in 1:38.07. Bonner-Prendie finished second in both the 200 medley and 200 free relays.
In the Class AAA boys competition, O’Hara senior Dave Ciavarelli managed to carve out space in amongst the blockade of swimmers from reigning state champion La Salle.
Ciavarelli finished fourth in the 50 in District 12 with a time of 21.96 seconds, the second-fastest time in Delaware County this season. Though District 12 is only allotted one automatic bid to the PIAA Championships, the 16 fastest non-automatic qualifying times state-wide receive at-large bids. Last year, the cut for PIAA qualification was 22.00 seconds.
Ciavarelli also finished sixth in Class AAA in the 100 free with the third-fastest time in the county.
In the morning, though, is when he posted his most impressive times, which unfortunately do not count toward states consideration. Ciavarelli was second in the Catholic League in the 100 butterfly, setting the fastest time in the county at 52.14 seconds and chopping three seconds off his seed. The time was faster than the District 12 Class AAA champ that evening.
Ciavarelli also dropped more than two seconds to clock in at 53.28 in the 100 back, displacing the school record set by Albert Beradocco in 1978.
His day continued with several stellar relay splits, including a 47.92 100-free split in the third-place Catholic League relay of John Kaupas, Cullen Boyle and Connor Hassard. In the 200 free relay, the same squad took fourth at PCLs thanks in large part to Ciavarelli’s seriously fast 21.09 leg.