Main Line swimming wrap-up: Undefeated Conestoga sweeps Haverford High

The Conestoga High School boys’ and girls’ swimming teams (both 5-0) defeated Haverford High School Monday, the Pioneers boys winning 100-70 and the Conestoga girls coming out on top 95-70.
Against the Haverford boys (5-1), Conestoga victories in the first five events opened up a 22 point lead that Haverford could not make up. Conestoga was led by Brendan Burns in the 200 free (1:44.19) and 100 fly (50.11), Oliver Brown in the 50 free (22.71), and Brian McKenrick in the 100 back (53.11) and 200 IM (1:56.18).
Kevin Ryle placed second in the 200 IM (2:00.62), the 500 free (4:58.46) and then immediately anchored Conestoga’s 200 free relay to a win by 0.44 seconds. Evan Zhao placed second in the 100 free (50.21) and third in the 50 free (23.14). Ryan Look took third in the 100 breast (1:04.86) followed closely by teammate James Hughes (1:05.94). Conestoga swept all of the relays including a 1-2 finish in the 400 free relay with Ryle, Brown, Burns and McKenrick clocking 3:14.15 and Griffin Hamilton, Aidan Hunter, Owen Neuman and Arjun Rao touching at 3:23.73.
The Conestoga girls won eight of the 11 races and outscored Haverford in all but one, paced by Madison Ledwith in the 200 free (1:57.11) and 100 free (53.73), Sophia Poeta in the 50 free (25.22) and 100 back (1:01.60), and Caroline Apathy in the 100 fly (1:00.60) and all three winning relays.
Conestoga swept the 500 free with Bharathi Kolluru (5:40.09), Goddard (5:44.85) and Louise Hay (5:44.93). Hay also placed second in the 200 IM (2:21.24). The Pioneers had three of the top four spots in the 200 free with Nia Goddard (2:09.02) and Elizabeth Meyers (2:11.69), the 50 free with Lauren Diehl (26.33) and Julie McFadden (26.64) and 100 free with McFadden (57.62) and Janashree Jonnalagadda (58.83).

In other Main Line high school swimming action:

Barrack Hebrew Academy split its two meets against Perkiomen Monday, the Cougar boys winning 90-67 and the Barrack girls losing 121-34. Ari Cooper, Spencer Barsh, Mattan Manstein and Eli Gordon capped a successful day for the boys team with a win a length ahead in the 400 meter freestyle relay. Eli Kofman finished well in front of the pack with his fastest 100 meter breast stroke for the year, and Eli Gordon finished second with a strong swim.

Conestoga defeated Strath Haven, Jan. 6, as the Pioneer girls won 99-71 and the Conesriga boys came out on top 97-71.
The Conestoga girls won just two of the eight individual events but swept the relays including a 1-2 finish in the 200 medley relay to secure the 99-71 victory. Madison Ledwith won the 50 free (25.14) and 100 fly (59.21) in back-to-back events while Sophia Poeta placed second in both the 100 free (55.23) and 100 back (1:001.53).
Pioneer freshmen Louise Hay placed second in the 200 IM (2:21.83) followed closely by Kiley McCue and Carolyn Riggs. Nia Goddard (5:39.38) and Bharathi Kolluru (5:39.85) finished 2-3 in the 500 free. Katherine Abele (1:15.88) finished second in the 100 breast and Allison Yuan finished third in the 100 fly. Jonnalagadda Janashree and Julie McFadden completed the 2-3-4 finish in the 100 back.
But it was the relays that proved the difference with the Pioneers outscoring the visitors 32-10 in the three relay events.
The Conestoga boys won 97-71 behind individual wins by Oliver Brown in the 50 free (22.96), Brendan Burns in the 200 IM (1:59.63) and 500 free (4:50.35), and Brian McKenrick in the 100 fly (52.52) and 100 back (55.20). Conestoga won all three relay events including a 1-2 in the 200 medley relay.
The trio of Kevin Ryle (1:48.96), Owen Neuman (1:55.85) and freshman Miles Whitaker (1:57.23) finished 2-3-4 in the 200 free. Freshman Jack Hughes had impressive swims in the 100 back (59.88) and 200 IM (2:13.26). And Evan Zhou (1:05.82), Ryan Look and Owen Neuman claimed 2-3-4 in the 100 breast.
Episcopal Academy (girls) defeated Baldwin School, 105-73, Tuesday, winning 11 of the 12 events.
In 1 Meter Diving, EA’s Wren Sablich finished first (250.80). Maddie O’Reilly won the 200 free and 100 free. Sally Stockett won the 200 IM. Hadley DeBruyn won the 50 free. Heidi Zirnkilton won the 100 fly. Colleen Phelan won the 500 free. Baldwin;s Elizabeth Bunn won the 100 back. Emma Seiberlich won the 100 breast. EA won the 200 medley relay (Seiberlich, Cannon, Zirnkilton, Handal), the 200 free relay (O’Reilly, Stockett, DeBruyn, Haupt) and 400 free relay (DeBruyn, Sumner, Haupt, Handal).
Haverford School (2-0) defeated Penn Charter, 106-72, Tuesday. First-place finishers for the Fords included JR Leitz (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Antonio Octaviano (200 medley relay, 100 breast), Charlie Ryan (200 medley relay, 400 free relay), TJ Brooks (200 medley relay, 50 free, 200 free relay), Brian Brennan (200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay), Alex Boratto (100 free, 100 back, 200 free relay, 400 free relay) and Logan McAllister (diving). Haverford School swimmers set Penn Charter pool records in the 200 medley relay (Leitz, Octaviano, Ryan, Brooks), 200 free relay (Brennan, Leitz, Brooks, Boratto) and 400 free relay (Nelligan, Boratto, Ryan, Brennan).
The Fords defeated Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, 61-17, Jan. 6. First-place finishers for the Fords were Alex Boratto (200 IM), Charlie Ryan (200 freestyle, 100 breast), TJ Brooks (50 free, 400 free relay), Brian Brennan (100 fly, 100 back, 200 medley relay), JR Leitz (200 medley relay, 100 free), Jason Chen (200 medley relay), Zach Sumner (200 medley relay, 200 free relay), Joe O’Brien (200 free relay), David Gobora (200 free relay) and Antonio Octaviano (200 free relay).
Malvern Prep (4-1, 1-0) defeated host Germantown Academy, 107-78, in its Inter-Ac opener Tuesday. Senior co-captian Zach Maher led the way as a triple winner and Dan Waterland, Lou Franzone, Connor Cary and Matt Magness were each double winners.
Maher was first in the 50 free (22.86) and 100 fly (53.37) and teamed with Franzone, Magness and Cary to win the 400 free relay (3:17.86). Waterland was first in the 200 IM (2:02.08) and 100 back (56.30), Franzone won the 100 free (49.36) while Magness and Cary teamed with Ryan Maher and Chris Hincks to also win the 200 free relay (1:30.97). Trevor Henderson had a personal best score of 218.50 to win the diving event for the Friars.
Radnor (girls) tied Haverford High, 93-93, Jan. 4. Individual winners for Radnor were Sasha Smolyansky (200 free, 100 back), Julia Cullen (200 IM, 100 fly), Anna Duffy (50 free), Emma Dietz (500 free), Grace Wakiyama (100 breast), the 200 medley relay team of Smolyansky, Wakiyama, Cullen and Moyher, and the 400 free relay team of Duffy, Goncher, Wakiyama and Moyher.

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