The Main Line high school boys’ swimming scene featured plenty of championship-caliber squads this past winter, such as Conestoga, which was undefeated in the Central League, then placed second at the District One championships and fifth at the PIAA Class AAA state championships.
Other strong Central teams were Haverford (11-2), Radnor (9-2, third place in Central League, sixth at Districts, eighth at PIAA state championships) and Lower Merion (7-4).
In the InterAc, Haverford School (6-0) posted its first undefeated season since 1944, and its first-ever outright InterAc championship. Malvern Prep (7-2) was second in the InterAc, third at National Catholics and fifth at Easterns. Episcopal Academy was 11th at Easterns.
In the Friends’ Schools League, Friends’ Central (5-2) was FSL champions for the 14th consecutive year and Shipley (5-2 overall, 4-2 FSL) also had a fine year.
The All-Main Line high school boys’ swimming teams are selected by the coaches. Because Main Line Media News covers 19 high schools, the Main Line Media News sports staff limits the number of sports available to first team, second team and honorable mention – but follows the priority of the coaches’ selections.
What follows are the 2016-17 All-Main Line high school boys’ swimming teams:
Brendan Burns, Conestoga – Sophomore was first in 100 free and 100 fly at Central League Championships, first in 100 back and 100 fly (setting a district record) at the District One Championships (and swimmer of the meet), and finished first in the 100 back and 100 fly at the PIAA state championships. The Daily Local News Swimmer of the Year also was part of the Pioneers’ second place medley relay team at States.
Brian McKenrick, Conestoga – Senior finished first in 200 IM and 100 back at Central League Championships, second in the 100 back and third in the 200 IM at the District One Championships, and third in both the 200 IM and 100 back at the PIAA state championships. A Daily Local News All-Area Swimming first team pick Was part of second place medley relay team and fourth place 400 free relay team at States.
Kevin Ryle, Conestoga – Junior finished first in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free at Central League Championships, seventh in the 200 free and 15th in the 500 free at the District One Championships, and 26th in the 200 free at the PIAA state championships. Was part of fourth place 400 free relay team at States.
Ivan Pukskovitch, Episcopal Academy – Sophomore, a first team All-Delco selection, finished first in the 200 IM and 500 free at the InterAc Championships, and finished third in both events at Easterns. Also helped EA place in the top 15 in a couple of relays at Easterns, and holds multiple school and pool records.
Cole Whitsett, Episcopal Academy – Freshman finished first in the 50 free and third in the 100 fly at the InterAc Championships, and helped a couple of EA relays place in the top five at InterAcs. Finished 10th in the 50 free and 17th in the 100 fly at Easterns, and helped EA place in the top 15 in a couple of relays at Easterns.
Alec Maloney, Harriton – Senior, a first team All-Central League swimmer, was the Rams’ first swimmer to qualify for States in eight years, and the first since Harriton advanced to AAA. School record holder in three events (including 100 back), and district qualifier in six events.
Collin Pettit, Haverford High – Junior, a first team All-Central League swimmer, placed eighth in 200 free and seventh in the 500 free at District One Championships. Was Central League champion in 500 free, and placed 17th at States in 500 free. Received second team All-Delco honors.
David Abrahams, Haverford High – Sophomore was first team All-Central League swimmer, finished 11th in 100 breast (58.68) at PIAA state championships, and placed 15th at District One Championships in 200 IM.
Will Canny, Haverford High – Senior was Central League diving champion, finished fifth at District One diving championships and placed 22nd at PIAA state diving championships.
Alessandro Boratto, Haverford School – Junior, the Delco Times’ Boys’ Swimmer of the Year for a second consecutive season, was InterAc champion in 100 back, 200 medley relay, 200 fre relay and 400 free relay. An eight-time school record holder and a three-time NISCA All-American, he was the Easterns champion in the 100 back (set meet record) and 200 free.
Brian Brennan, Haverford School – Freshman was InterAc champion in 100 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. A two-time NISCA All-American and a first team All-Delco swimming selection, he holds six Haverford School records.
John Charles Ryan, Haverford School – Senior finished fifth in 100 fly and fourth in the 100 back at Easterns. A NISCA All-American, he holds six Haverford School records. A first team All-Delco swimming selection, he will be attending Michigan State on athletic/academic scholarship (swimming).
Max Roling, Lower Merion – Senior placed 18th in the 100 fly and 20th in the 500 free at States. Broke a 39-year-old school record in the 100 fly (51.37). Lost only one race all season.
Matt Magness, Malvern Prep – Sophomore won 200 free at InterAc Championships, was second at National Catholics in 200 free and 500 free (school record 4:35.51), and at Easterns was seventh in 500 free and ninth in 200 free. Was member of two All-American relays for Malvern and was Friars’ co-MVP. Also was Daily Local News All-Area Swimming first team pick.
John Connors, Malvern Prep – Junior, the Friars’ co-MVP, finished seventh in 50 free and ninth in 500 free at National Catholics, and was 18th in 200 free and 12th in 100 free at Easterns. Was member of two All-American relays for Malvern, including the school record 200 free relay (1:25.22).
Zach Maher, Malvern Prep – Senior was third at National Catholics in 100 fly and 10th in the 200 IM. At Easterns, he was 11th in the 100 fly and 14th in the 100 free. A four-year All-American, he is a school record holder in the 200 medley relay.
Greg Gianella, Radnor – Senior finished fifth in 50 free and 100 free at PIAA state championships, obtaining All-American honors in the 50 free (20.66). Was District One champion in 50 free and 100 free. A first team All-Delco swimmer, his splits helped the Radnor 400 free relay and 200 free relay teams achieve All-American consideration status and break school records in both events. A first team All-Delco swimming selection, he will continue his swimming career at Lehigh.
Patrick Cullen, Radnor – Sophomore finished 10th in 50 free and 100 free at PIAA state championships. Was fourth at Districts in both 50 free and 100 free, and at Central League Championships was second in 50 free and third in 100 free. Was a member of Radnor’s 200 free and 400 free relays as they both medaled at the PIAA state championship and achieved All-American consideration honors.
James El-Deiry, Radnor – Junior finished 19th in the 200 IM at the PIAA state championships and broke a 40-year-old school record in that event – a record that was held by Robbie Long, who was a national team member at the time. At Districts, he finished ninth in the 200 IM and 13th in the 500 free. Was a member of Radnor’s 200 free and 400 free relays as they both medaled at the PIAA state championship and achieved All-American consideration honors.
Conestoga – Oliver Brown, junior; Thomas Noone, sophomore; Owen Neuman, junior.
Episcopal Academy – Sam Wesley, freshman; Goossen Yang, senior.
Friends’ Central – Billy Wilkerson, sophomore; Dyaus Rai, freshman.
Haverford High – Matt Bochanski, junior; Steve Szathmary, senior.
Haverford School – Antonio Octaviano, freshman; John Nelligan, junior; T.J. Brooks, junior.
Lower Merion – Colin Shea, senior; Brien Coghlan, senior; Mackenzie King, senior.
Malvern Prep – Dan Waterland, junior; Connor Cary, sophomore; Chris Hincks, junior.
Radnor – Wil Cosgrove, freshman; Nick Mlodzienski, sophomore; Ryan Tague, senior.
Shipley – Charlie Ryan, junior.
Episcopal Academy – Ben Wesley, freshman; Vlad Puskovitch, freshman; Theodore Vadot, sophomore.
Friends’ Central – Galen Cassidy, junior; Nolan McGrann, senior.
Harriton – Nick Anstadt, junior; Christopher Snyder, sophomore.
Haverford High – Leo Goldszal, junior; Matt Phillips, senior.
Haverford School – J.R. Leitz, sophomore.
Lower Merion – Chris Harris, junior; Finn Roberts, senior.
Malvern Prep – Lou Franzone, sophomore.
Radnor – Ethan Cai, junior.
Shipley – Nate Moore, junior.
(Note: Archbishop Carroll did not submit an All-Main Line boys’ swimming nomination ballot.)