District One psych sheets were released Sunday, setting the stage for the championship meet Thursday and Friday at La Salle University that will determine who goes to the PIAA Championships in three weeks. The full versions can be found here (they’re pictures the actual sheets, because District One), and here’s a little primer on what to look for in the Class AAA field, which is where the majority of Delco’s teams (and the fastest swimmers at the meet) can be found. A reminder of what’s at stake: For both boys and girls, District One receives five of the 16 automatic berths to the PIAA Championships in each event; the other 16 entries come from the fastest at-large times statewide (the full breakdown is nicely organized on Page 4 of this PDF). District One typically gets from six to 10 entrants in each event, with considerable variability from race to race.
– For the boys, there are expectedly not a whole lot of Delco entries near the top of events. Ivan Michalovic of Garnet Valley (fourth in 200 individual medley, fifth in 100 backstroke) and Radnor’s Eli Avart (fourth in 100 back, fifth in 100 butterfly) and Tim Caulfield (fourth in 200 free) are the only three in auto position, according to the seeds. And it gets even scarcer from there. Radnor’s Richard Patten is sixth in the 500 and ninth in the 200 free, Marple Newtown’s Johnny Truax is seventh in the 100 breaststroke, Andrew Woerth is eighth in the 100 fly, the even where Philip Nawn of Penncrest in 11th, the same seed he owns in the 200 IM.
– A distance district, this is not in 2015. There are only 35 entries in the 200 IM, well down from the cap of 42 and meaning that all the auto cuts and considerations cuts will participate. The 500 free has just 39 listed. By comparison, there were 31 swimmers who attained the auto cut in the 100 breast and 62 total, while 60 swimmers are entered with at least considerations cuts in the 50 free and 100 fly.
– The 500 is a particularly interesting event from a Delco perspective, with both Nawn and Michalovic competing in it last year and Nawn advancing to states. By them opting to decline, it opens the door wide to someone like Patten or Dylan Keer (ninth seed). It’s particularly odd given that Nawn options for two first-day event, the IM and fly.
– On the relay front, Radnor is the only realistic claimant for a states berth, seeded fifth in the 200 free relay and ninth in the 400 free relay. Garnet Valley is seeded 19th in the medley and 11th in the 400 free, but longshots in both. Relays for Strath Haven and Penncrest (both medley) and Haverford and Ridley (both 200 free) finished just on the wrong side of the 24-relay cut line.
– There’s good news for Ridley’s Nick Foltz, who’s in as the 41st seed in the 200 free, the event that along with the 100 back had the joint-fewest auto times (22). The news isn’t so good for Marple Newtown’s Ron Feinberg, the 44th seed in the 100 free and on the outside looking in.
– For the girls, the need for changes in the time standards is clear when 44 girls (meaning an extra heat) made the auto cut in the 100 back and 74 made the consideration cut in the 50 free (40 autos). The greatest number of auto cuts in any one boys event was 31; all but three of the girls events exceeded that. There’s little doubt as to which is the deeper, quicker meet top to bottom, even if the boys meet has the edge in top-of-the-line speed.
– The biggest shock in the girls field is the choice of Strath Haven’s Summer Martin to avoid the 50 free, an event in which she finished fourth at districts last season and seventh at states. Martin will swim in the 100 free (where she’s seeded ninth) and 200 free (where she’s 11th). It’s a gamble: Her best time in the 50 free would’ve made her the top Delco girl in the event, seeded fifth.
– States contenders abound on the girls side. Gab Rudy gets a tough break by drawing outside lanes in both the 200 IM (seeded sixth) and 100 breast (12th) as she seeks a return to states. Maddie Hart is second in the 100 fly and 100 back, the former of which is one spot ahead of Radnor’s Julia Cullen, who draws the eighth seed in the 100 free. Frances Resweber is second in the 500 and eighth in the 200 free, a pair of middle-of-the-pool lane placements, a big advantage over the wash of the outside lanes.
– Other swimmers to watch include Springfield’s Georgia Apostolu (eighth in the 200 IM, 11th in 100 back), Strath Haven’s Camille Jablonski (11th in 200 IM, 16th in 100 breast) and Radnor’s Laura Packer (14th in 100 fly, 12th in 100 free). Haverford’s specialists Emily Wolfe (12th in 100 fly) and Cassandra Reed (ninth in 100 breast) could challenge for at-large bids, while Radnor’s Sasha Smolyansky (eighth in 100 back), Julian Condran (15th in 100 breast) and Grace Wakiyama (17th in 100 breast) and Garnet Valley’s Lucy Townend (14th in 100 back) will also be players.
– On the relay front Haverford and Radnor are third and fourth in the medley, while Strath Haven sits fifth in the 200 free; all can make it to states by preserving their seedings. In the 400 free relay, Radnor, Haverford and Strath Haven are seeded in order sixth through eight (a potential disadvantage to the former, which will be in an outside lane in the quickest heat).
– There’s some bad news at the cut line. In the 50 free, Skyler Berardi of Garnet Valley (45th), Lucy Fulton of Radnor (46th) and Kate Lyons of Strath Haven (48th) all miss out on individual swims. All three are seniors, and Berardi is also 47th in the 100 free. Those exclusions could prove beneficial for relays, though, with some fresher legs. Marple Newtown’s Tara McCloskey also landed 43rd in the 100 breast.