North Penn’s 400 freestyle re­lay earns sil­ver

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the event, go­ing 3:00.23. The hnights earned ninth place in the team stand­ings with 83 points. La Salle took the ti­tle, rack­ing up 290 points.

Also of lo­cal in­ter­est, for­mer hnights swim­mer and coach Bill Bar­tle was one of three in­ducted into the Penn­syl­va­nia Swim­ming Hall of Fame Satur­day night, in a cer­e­mony held be­fore the boys VZLP finDOV. BDU­WOH LV FuUUHnWly the District One Swim­ming co-chair­man and has coached the hnights swim team, as well as the girls water polo squad, to mul­ti­ple state ti­tles.

As the lone fresh­man in Fri­day’s PIAA Class AAA Girls Div­ing Cham­pi­onships, North Penn’s Marie va­copino said she did not ex­pect to place in the top 10.

Her per­for­mance was so sen­sa­tional, how­ever, that va­copino was ac­tu­ally in the lead for the gold medal go­ing LnWR WKH 11WK DnG finDO URunG of dives Fri­day af­ter­noon.

“I was just ex­cited be­cause I made it there,” she said with a big smile. “I was so ner­vous too.”

The ninth-grader’s nerves did not show.

YDFRSLnR nDLOHG KHU finDO dive of the af­ter­noon at Buck­nell rniver­sity’s hin­ney Nata­to­rium, evok­ing a loud roar of cheers from the strong col­lec­tion of North Penn fans in at­ten­dance and earn­ing a cu­mu­la­tive score of 48 from the judges. As va­copino emerged from the pool for the last time, she could look up at the score­bard and see she had pushed her to­tal to 443.35 for the day.

Chartiers Val­ley’s Maria Lohman was able to pass vaFRSLnR Ln WKH finDO URunG, fin­ish­ing with a 446.20, but North Penn’s im­pres­sive fresh­man put on a show, earn­ing her­self D VLOYHU PHGDO Ln KHU YHUy fiUVW ap­pear­ance at states.

“I’m just over­whelmed,” she said.

North Penn would be­gin and end the day with sil­ver medals, as the 200 freestyle re­lay team earned sec­ond Ln WKH finDO HYHnW RI WKH swim por­tion, pro­pel­ling the Maidens into third place in the team scor­ing head­ing into Day Two.

va­copino was able to out­dive Lower Me­rion’s Carolyn Howard, who earned the bronze with a 438.50, for run­ner-up hon­ors. Cen­tral Bucks West’s Rachel Saun­ders medaled for the third year in a row with a fourthSODFH finLVK (431.50).

YDFRSLnR, ZKR finLVKHG third at the Sub­ur­ban One League’s Con­ti­nen­tal Con­fer­ence Cham­pi­onships and sixth at the District One Cham­pi­onships, had her best per­for­mance of the sea­son when it mat­tered most.

“I’m so ex­cited...It gives PH PRUH FRn­fiGHnFH IRU nHxW year,” she said.

Saun­ders made it back to Buck­nell for the fourth year in a row, and she was able to rally from ninth af­ter WKH SUHOLPV WR fiIWK DI­WHU WKH semis and then to a fourth- SODFH finLVK DnG DnRWKHU WULS to the medal stand.

“I loved high school div­ing. It was a good time,” she said, look­ing back on her FDUHHU. “7KH IRuU yHDUV flHZ by. My ad­vice to oth­ers is to en­joy ev­ery mo­ment.”

Saun­ders, who will dive at Pitt next year, earned her third WRS-IRuU finLVK. 6KH SODFHG fourth as a sopho­more and earned the bronze as a ju­nior.

Also from the area, Wis­sahickon’s Me­gan Ber­ardelli UHD­FKHG WKH finDOV uS Rn WKH board, plac­ing 16th with a 357.85, and va­copino’s team­mate, Madi­son Ta­nis, placed 29th with a 136.40.

Later in the evening, North Penn’s 200 freestyle re­lay team of Eve hosten, Tara Rogers, Olivia DiSte­fano, and Emily hosten earned the sil­ver in 1 minute, 34.19 sec­onds. Only Her­shey, which set a state record in 1:33.48, was faster than the Maidens.

North Penn dropped two sec­onds off its fastest time of the sea­son to out-race North AOOHJKHny (1:35.96), 2DNODnG CD­WKROLF (1:36.96), 3DUNODnG (1:37.02), 0RunW LHEDnRn (1:37.07), :HVW CK­HVWHU HHnGHUVRn (1:37.11) DnG CRunFLO 5RFN 1RUWK (1:37.75) Ln WKH cham­pi­onship event.

“We were re­ally hop­ing for a win, but to drop two sec­onds off our best time, I think that’s crazy - we did re­ally well,” Emily hosten said. “I’m re­ally proud of all of us.”

The 200 freestyle medal stand was crowded with swim­mers from the SOL Con­ti­nen­tal. North Penn’s EPLOy .RVWHn (1:50.39) DnG 7DUD 5RJHUV (1:51.13) finLVKHG IRuUWK DnG VLxWK WR earn the Maidens 28 points in the event, and CB West’s 4uLnn 0DF0LOODn (1:50.48) and Soud­er­ton’s Lau­re­ana ZUDGD (1:52.66) SODFHG fiIWK and sev­enth.

Pen­nridge’s Han­nah wur­muhl, a fresh­man, swam a 23.48 to place fourth in the 50 freestyle while Soud­er­ton’s 200 med­ley re­lay team of Alyssa San­tan­gelo, Rick­ilee Hodges, Me­gan Furey and wrada placed sev­enth in 1:50.34.

In the sec­ond half of the swim por­tion, North Penn’s Jack Mor­ris was busy earn­ing fourth place in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:40.19 and the hnights’ se­nior also took sec­ond in the con­so­la­tion race and 10th RY­HU­DOO Ln WKH 100 EuWWHUfly with a 50.91.

He capped things off by swim­ming the an­chor leg of the 200 freestyle re­lay, join­ing Bran­don An­ders, Liam helly and Thanas houn­troubis to go 1:25.92 and place sec­ond in the con­so­la­tion race and 10th over­all.

In his 200 freestyle, Mor­ris im­proved upon his 1:41.13 seed time to go 1:40.54 in pre­lims, then ham­mered out KLV 1:40.19 Ln WKH finDOV. ,W was an ex­tremely fast race, with rp­per Dublin’s Robert Bant­ley com­ing close to the VWDWH UH­FRUG (1:36.05) Ln SUHOLPV (1:36.93) DnG WKHn WKH se­nior went 1:37.12 to get the gold.

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