North Penn sweeps past Soud­er­ton

North Penn Life - - Sports - By Kev Hunter khunter@jour­nalregis­

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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The boys meet was tied af­ter the div­ing, and then the Knights were able to JHW LW GRnH Ln WKH finDO sHvHn HvHnWs, wLn­nLnJ fivH RI WKHP and sweep­ing the 100 back­stroke.

“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.

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