1. Episcopal Academy (7-1)
There’s little denying the Churchwomen, who produced a fourth consecutive top-3 finish at Easterns and supplied a fifth straight Daily Times Swimmer of the Year, are the best team in the county. Their depth is unbelievable for swimmers one to six, and this year, it seemed the swimmers in the next tier were more able to climb into B and C finals at Easterns. If that development continues, little will change in EA’s iron grasp on this top spot.
2. Haverford (12-1)
The Fords get this spot via their dual meet performance, which included a narrow 94-91 win over Strath Haven in what proved to be the race for second place. This team proved to be more than just Maddie Hart, and the proof is in their District One champion medley relay, which took fourth at states. That group includes only one senior (Annie O’Brien) in the discipline (breaststroke) where they possess the most depth.
3. Strath Haven (10-2)
The best public school team in the postseason was the Panthers. They got three swimmers to states for six individual swims, plus two relays that made it back. In all, the Haven girls made an A final and four B finals, including the relays. This is for a program that can’t identify their last states swimmer before this year. And the upshot is that the three individual states qualifiers – Camille Jablonski, Summer Martin and Frances Resweber – are two freshmen and a sophomore. That future is bright, to say the least.
4. Radnor (8-3)
Making it to states yet again in the medley relay was a fitting finale for Tatyana Smolyansky, Evie Cai and Heather McShea, while Smolyansky and Cai added individual events at states. Those three will leave big shoes to fill, and while the likes of Sasha Smolyansky and a handful of other talented freshmen remain, there will be a big void left.
5. Ridley (11-4)
We saw what the freshmen-sophomore combo at Strath Haven did this season. It didn’t quite come off that way for freshmen All-Delco Gab Rudy and sophomore Kiera Wadsworth, the latter of whom was unable to duplicate the states appearance from her freshman season. But they possess the potential to allow Ridley to challenge for a similar position next year.
6. Penncrest (5-6)
Much like Wadsworth, Mary Kate Boylan wasn’t able to replicate last year’s states trip in the 50. The Lions nearly breaking .500 in league meets is remarkable considering that Boylan was the only swimmer from the team to make districts in an individual event.
7. Garnet Valley (5-7-1)
The Jaguars struggled out of the gates but eventually hit their stride. The core, which features freshmen Nikki Cannon and Jordan Stansfield, is only beginning to realize its potential, while Skyler Berardi, a multi-sport athlete who is relatively new to the rigors of swimming, continued her rapid improvement.