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Boys Pen­nridge

Coach: Ryan Grif­fiths (sev­enth year)

Last year’s record: 2-10 over­all (1-6 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Jon Spe­har, David Zur­muhl, An­drew Koch; Sopho­mores – D.J. Mau­rone, Kyle Frerichs

Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­mores – Nick Kalams, Colin Rus­sell; Fresh­men – Eric Jor­dan, Ri­ley Dolan, Tyler Bower, Nick Spe­har

Strengths: The Rams are very ex­cited about their depth. The boys had 67 ath­letes try out and all mem­bers of the team are go­ing to be counted on dur­ing the dual meets. But the big num­bers should come in handy.

Ques­tion marks: The Rams are heavy on fresh­men and sopho­mores and it re­mains a ques­tion to how well they will per­form in the tal­ented con­fer­ence they swim in.

Out­look: The Rams hope to see a few in­di­vid­u­als suc­ceed at the district and even state level. David Zur­muhl will look to im­prove on his two top 16 fin­ishes from a sea­son ago and be in the run­ning for state medals.

Soud­er­ton

Coach: Caitlin War­ren (first year) Last year’s record: 10-2 over­all (6-1 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Michael Hay, Jake Mertz, El­liott Miller, Ozzie Moyer, Alex Pap­par­ella, Tyler Wentzel

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Nick Wieder, Jesse Rusch, Scott Jor­gensen, P.J. Ryan, Matt Evers; Ju­niors – Tris­ton Loux, Kevin Musterait, Matt Hol­combe

Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­mores – Cordell Arm­strong, Lu­cas Gian­inni; Fresh­men – Bren­dan Loux, Ryan Wi­toslawski, Danny Trout, Zeke Flan­dro

Strengths: The In­di­ans have sev­eral swim­mers that will stand out in­di­vid­u­ally, but to­gether their chem­istry helps the work ethic. The In­di­ans have ex­pe­ri­ence and know what it takes to suc­ceed.

Ques­tion marks: The ma­jor­ity of the sprint­ers have grad­u­ated for the In­di­ans and new ath­letes will need to step in and step up. There also are sev­eral new divers this sea­son.

Out­look: The In­di­ans are look­ing for­ward to pro­gress­ing this sea­son un­der first-year coach War­ren. The In­di­ans are hop­ing to be rep­re­sented at Buck­nell in March for the state cham­pi­onships.

Lans­dale Catholic

Coach: Bob Birn­brauer (18th year) Last year’s record: 3-9 over­all (1-4 in PCL)

No­table losses: Harry Ku­lik

Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Connor Plasha; Ju­niors – Dang Khoa Tran, Connor McCann, Dy­lan Yur­sa­tis; Sopho­mores – James Ku­lik, Brian Lock­hart

Oth­ers to watch: Fresh­men – Steve Be­drossian, Chris­tian Paulsen, Garhett Moore

Strengths: Dy­lan Yur­sa­tis re­turns hold­ing the ti­tle of the District 12 div­ing cham­pion and was also All-State in the PIAA Cham­pi­onships. Dang Khoa Tran qual­i­fied for the state cham­pi­onships with his 100-me­ter breast­stroke. Th­ese are two of many Cru­saders who have a hand­ful of valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

Ques­tion marks: Depth con­tin­ues to be a prob­lem for the Cru­saders in dual meets. They will need ev­ery one step up and con­trib­ute, in­clud­ing the fresh­men.

Out­look: The Cru­saders have high goals for cer­tain in­di­vid­u­als, but as long as they im­prove their record in dual meets from a sea­son ago coach Birn­brauer be­lieves it is a success year.

North Penn

Coach: Jeff Faik­ish (first year) Last year’s record: 10-1 over­all (7-0 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Ja­son Deana, Kevin Du­ni­gan, To­mas Gimenez

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Bran­don Anders, Alex Chasar, Spencer Col­lopy, David Jor­dan, Collin Kelly, Jack Mor­ris

Oth­ers to watch: Ju­nior – Jon Krail; Sopho­more – Thanas Koun­troubis; Fresh­man – Corey Smith

Strengths: The tra­di­tion of success for the Knights seems to mo­ti­vate the group each year live up to the high stan­dard the swim­mers be­fore them set. The boys have a deep team once again and are ex­cited to make their mark.

Ques­tion marks: The Knights grad­u­ated a lot of se­niors, in­clud­ing state cham­pion Ja­son Deana, and will have to cre­ate a new group of lead­ers. The ul­ti­mate leader, first-year coach Jeff Faik­ish, will also be an ad­just­ment for those who may not be fa­mil­iar with him.

Out­look: The Knights are look­ing to con­tend for an­other league, district and even team state cham­pi­onship. The goals for this team never change.

Hat­boro-Hor­sham

Coach: Kip Emig (sev­enth year) Last year’s record: 11-3 over­all

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Kyle Finn, Bob Le­na­han, Pat Sta­sio; Sopho­more – Mike Thomas

Oth­ers to watch: Ju­niors – Tom Fisher, Cur­tis Sum­ner; Sopho­more – Jeremy Bro­sius

Strengths: The Hat­ters re­turn some in­ex­pe­ri­ence in the form of six state re­lay qual­i­fiers and sopho­more Mike Thomas, who broke through in the 100me­ter back­stroke as a fresh­man.

Ques­tion marks: The Hat­ters grad­u­ated a large class last sea­son and new lead­ers need to emerge sooner, rather than later.

Out­look: A lot of new swim­mers will have a chance to shine this sea­son for the Hat­ters, which make it an ex­cit­ing sea­son.

Girls North Penn

Coach: Matt Weiser (fifth year) Last year’s record: 11-0 over­all (7-0 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Brooke Else, Val Stearns, Erica Elias, Ash­ley Liss, Heather Paolone

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Aspen Trautz, Alyssa Tate, Brit­tney Pat­ter­son, Becca Hoch, Jenna Pat­ter­son

Oth­ers to watch: Ju­niors – Tara Rogers, Eve Kosten; Sopho­mores – Emily Kosten, Olivia DiSte­fano

Strengths: Be­cause of the Maidens his­tory of tra­di­tion and success, swim­mers come in bunches to be a part of the fun and ex­cite­ment that take place in the pool ev­ery win­ter. The num­bers only help depth, and the depth helps the Maidens to have a strong sea­son each and ev­ery year.

Ques­tion marks: The Maidens grad­u­ated a lot of strong se­nior swim­mers and divers. This team will be very young com­pared to pre­vi­ous sea­sons.

Out­look: The Maidens are look­ing to con­tend for league ti­tle, a district tile and even a state cham­pi­onship. They will work hard, and as al­ways, know wher­ever they fin­ish they have given it their all.

Pen­nridge

Coach: Ryan Grif­fiths (sev­enth year) Last year’s record: 2-10 over­all (1-6 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence) No­table losses: Alexis Detweiler Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Chelsea Weiss, Ju­lia Nadovich, Michelle Blanca; Ju­niors – Jackie Cios, Kris­ten Tom­lin­son, Jen Grasmeder

Oth­ers to watch: Ju­niors – Mag­gie Walker; Sopho­more – Kris­ten Sherma; Fresh­men – Brittany Weiss, Han­nah Zur­muhl, Ka­cie Cios

Strengths: The Lady Rams are very ex­cited about their depth. The girls had a hand­ful of new ath­letes try out and all mem­bers of the team are go­ing to be counted dur­ing the dual meets. But the big num­bers should come in handy.

Ques­tion marks: The Rams are heavy on fresh­men and sopho­mores and it re­mains a ques­tion to how well they will per­form in the tal­ented con­fer­ence they swim in.

Out­look: Grif­fiths be­lieves this will be a ban­ner year for the Lady Rams. The girls hope to see sev­eral district qual­i­fiers. They have an ex­pe­ri­enced core group of swim­mers and a ton of tal­ented new­com­ers that are sure to make a splash.

Soud­er­ton

Coach: Caitlin War­ren (first year) Last year’s record: 11-1 over­all (6-1 in Sub­ur­ban One Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence)

No­table losses: Ann Fad­den, Cate­lyn McMe­namin, Sarah Ke­sack, Jill Whit­mire

Key re­turnees: Se­niors – Alyssa San­tan­gelo, Me­gan Furey, Lau­re­ana Zrada, Erica Wi­toslawski, Jess Wim­mer, Bron­wyn Smith, Kate­lyn Roberts, Kara Stegmann; Ju­niors – Gabrielle Pagano, April Kich­line

Oth­ers to watch: Sopho­mores – Rick­ilee Hodges, Lau­ren Billy; Fresh­men – Am­ber Rogers, Ari­ana Cos­grove, Lau­ren Harkins

Strengths: The In­di­ans are loaded with se­niors and they look for­ward to a mem­o­rable sea­son.

Ques­tion marks: The In­di­ans know they have to take care of their bod­ies and stay healthy, but some­times un­for­tu­nate things hap­pen. Health will de­ter­mine how far this team goes.

Out­look: With sev­eral district and state qual­i­fiers re­turn­ing this sea­son the In­di­ans hope to be atop the league and see many of their in­di­vid­u­als qual­ify for dis­tricts and states.

Lans­dale Catholic

Coach: Bob Birn­brauer (18th year) Last year’s record: 4-8 over­all (3-3 in PCL)

No­table losses: Maura Con­ley, Katie Murphy, Dana Salanik, Julie Young

Key re­turnees: Se­nior – Ni­cole Mar­shall; Ju­niors – Mary Murphy, Amanda Matylewicz, Erin Noo­nan; Sopho­mores – Erin Edling, Cate Coyle, Le­tizia Ler­volino, Mary Ann Wi­etecha

Oth­ers to watch: Fresh­men – Cassidy Fries, Diem Tran, Maura Maxwell

Strengths: The new fresh­men will add strength to the Cru­saders’ re­lay teams. Ni­cole Mar­shall re­turns as a District 12 In­di­vid­ual med­ley win­ner and a state qual­i­fier.

Ques­tion marks: The Philadel­phia Catholic League added ad­di­tional teams to the AA Di­vi­sion, so depth be­comes even more of an is­sue.

Out­look: The young Cru­saders will hope to be swim­ming their best come cham­pi­onship meet time. If they can im­prove on last year’s record and have a few in­di­vid­u­als col­lect medals, it will be con­sid­ered a suc­cess­ful sea­son.

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