Swimming: Just when you thought you’d heard all about Centrals…

… Top times are updated on the blog (boys here and girls here). In compiling the list, I noticed a few interesting tidbits from Centrals that can provide a little context as to how the times from Radnor pertain to the rest of the county this season. So here goes…

Ridley's Gab Rudy is still the county leader in two events. (Times Staff/ERIC HARTLINE)

Ridley’s Gab Rudy is still the county leader in two events. (Times Staff/ERIC HARTLINE)

– I’d had an inkling that Garnet Valley’s Lauren Minford had a good meet. How good, I wasn’t fully sure until afterward. Her time of 1:57.53 in the 200 freestyle vaulted her into third in the county. In the 500, she’s up to seventh. Her in-season times are a little incomplete since her home pool is in meters, but the Centrals times show clearly what she can do.

– Speaking of high-risers from Garnet Valley, Andrew Woerth’s 50 time of 22.14 is the third-fastest in the county. His 100 butterfly time also improved him to fifth in Delco.

– If there’s one event that took the biggest leap forward this weekend, it’s the girls 100 free. A bunch of girls improve their times in that event, advancing the entire field. Strath Haven freshman Summer Martin cut 1.25 seconds to 53.14, third-quickest in the county. Garnet Valley frosh Jordan Stansfield sliced just short of two seconds to 54.38, seventh-best. And Heather McShea of Radnor is up to 11th with a cut of 1.18 seconds to 54.80. Significant time drops were also enjoyed by GV’s Skyler Berardi, Haverford’s Grace O’Brien and Haven’s Katie Willis, plus Cardinal O’Hara’s Hanna Blewett had a big day at Catholics/District 12 to post the county’s second-best time.

– The county leadership on the girls side did not change in any event, though Gab Rudy improved her county-leading time in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. On the boys side, Ivan Michalovic and Philip Nawn leap-frogged Mitchell Gartland into the top two spots in the IM. Michalovic leapt up to second in the 500, though still a while behind Haverford School’s Matt Haigh, while Brendan Ryan’s 100 backstroke swim earned him the second spot in Delco. Marple Newtown’s Johnny Truax moved into third in the 100 breast.

– The diving scores at Centrals were quite low to, to say the least. There was virtually no improvement in high score from the top 10 or so divers in the county.

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