North Penn sweeps past Souderton
Fueled by their longstanding rivalry with Souderton Area and powered by phenomenal swims in just about every event, the North Penn boys and girls swimming and diving teams earned a pair of convincing wins over the Big oed at a packed Souderton Natatorium Friday afternoon.
The Knights won 10680 over Souderton and the Maidens were equally impressive, coming out with a 106-75 victory, as both North Penn squads held RII D fiHrFH FKDOOHnJH IrRP 6RuGHrWRn Ln D EDWWOH IRr firsW place in the Suburban One’s Continental Conference.
“We were ready to go,” said Knights’ senior gack Morris, a four-event winner on Friday. “I think everyone was prepared for this meet - we knew it was going to be a tough meet. And we were ready for it.”
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“It was an awesome meet - both sides,” Knights coach geff Faikish said. “This is always a fun one. My upperclassmen took charge of the team and led us to victory.”
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“I’m amazed. They swam amazing,” said a happy Matt Weiser, coach of the Maidens. “I really was impressed. I thought they would swim well - this is always the big meet, but I didn’t expect what happened today.”
Pool records and personalbest times were in abundance on both sides, including some standout performances by Kevin Musterait (50, 100 freestyleF, Alyssa SantanJHOR (200 ,0), DnG 5LFNLLHH Hodges (100 breaststrokeF for the Big oed.
“Our kids swam great, and I told my kids that I’m not disappointed. North Penn is just better,” Big oed coach Caitlin Warren said. “But our kids still held their own. We had a lot of our best times of the season. Whether we win or lose, this is always a good, strong meet.”
The Knights and Maidens improved to 4-0 in the Continental and the Souderton guys and girls squads are each 4-1.