Through the Christmas break, four Delco teams still have “0”s in the loss column, and one team’s only setback is accounted for by the No. 1 team in the rankings. That signals that not much has been resolved by the schedule yet and that much more lies ahead. The sorting out will hopefully being with a busy upcoming week where a few of the teams in the Super 7 will meet. Here’s where they stand heading into those matchups, along with the individual top times. (Records through Jan. 4; previous rankings based on preseason Super 7.)
1. Haverford School (2-0) Last Week: No. 1
The 102-79 margin against Haverford High is a pretty good indication of the distance between the two teams and the private/public divide. For all the known quantities on the Fords this season, the most intriguing swimmer to watch might be the development of Harrison White, who won the 100 breaststroke against Haverford while also chipping in on the winning 200 free relay. White’s growth could shore up the only question mark in an otherwise flawless medley relay.
2. Radnor (2-0) Last Week: No. 2
A variety of issues have conspired against the Raiders getting meets in before the break. But they make up for that in short order this week with meetings against Haverford Wednesday and Conestoga Friday. The latter of those will likely have the greater impact on the Central League title picture.
3. Episcopal Academy (2-1) Last Week: No. 3
Some of the best performances by the Churchmen in their loss to Germantown Academy may have been turned in by Waylon Jin, including his sizzling anchor leg of 49.90 in the 400 free relay. That kind of speed – plus the versatility that he possesses as an IMer – makes Jin a major “X” factor for the Churchmen this season.
4. Haverford (4-1) Last Week: No. 4
The schedule hasn’t presented the stiffest of tests for the Fords, but they’ve been able to survive some tight meets, including a 95-91 triumph over Lower Merion. Their meeting against Upper Darby (91-79) wasn’t lopsided either. It’s a good reflection of the Fords’ depth and ability to grind out victories.
5. Penncrest (4-0) Last Week: No. 5
The schedule has been favorable for the Lions, who aside from gutting out a narrow win over Garnet Valley haven’t been severely tested, topping the 100-point mark three times. A big part of their ability to rack up these wins has been the versatility shown by Daniel Rosenberger, who’s started the season on a good note.
6. Strath Haven (4-0) Last Week: No. 7
There’s something impressive about the way the Panthers have won meets this season. They haven’t swam against the best of teams, but they waltzed past Lower Merion, 100-77, a team that Haverford struggled against. There aren’t a lot of Panthers among the top times listing, but there are plenty of quality depth swimmers (as there often seems to be at Haven) who aid in winning meets.
7. Garnet Valley (1-4) Last Week: No. 6
The Jaguars’ losses in the league have come against Haverford, Penncrest and Radnor, all teams ahead of them in this ranking, while they also were bested by Unionville. Winnable meets lie ahead, including a collision with Strath Haven that could be very interesting.