North Penn’s Hoch, Burrell claim SOL Continental diving titles

TOWAMENCIN >> North Penn’s Bryce Hoch set a pool and conference record Wednesday night, diving to a Suburban One League Continental Conference best score of 586, as the Knights took the gold in both the boys and girls events for the fourth straight year.

Paige Burrell won the Continental girls for North Penn, topping all competitors with an impressive mark of 555.30, just missing the conference record.

Rounding out the top three in the boys were Quakertown’s Bayne Bennett (573.35) and North Penn’s Ian Boland Bintner (556.35). The Knights got second and third-place finishes on the girls side from Madalyn Freece (510.05) and Meghan Wenzel (510).

Going into the finals, Bennett led the boys with a score of 413.30, with Hoch in second with a 394.05 and Boland Bintner in line for the bronze with a 387.

Burrell led the girls with a 380.30 going into finals, followed by Bennett with a 359.95 and Freece with a 347.45.

Both Hoch and Burrell then turned it on in the finals.

The swimming portion of the SOL Continental Championships will be held Friday and Saturday. The boys will be at Central Bucks South Friday night starting at 6, and the girls follow on Saturday, back at North Penn beginning at 9 a.m.

Top Photo:  North Penn’s Evan Meiers competes in the SOL Continental Diving Championship at North Penn High School on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017. (Gene Walsh/Digital First Media)

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