Montgomery All-Area Swimming squad has a lot of red, black and blue

One gold medal is rare enough.
Hatboro-Horsham’s Andy Thomas won them in back-to-back events, with barely enough room in between.
“It was kind of nuts,” he said after Day Two of the PIAA State Championships. “In a short amount of time, a lot going on.”
Thomas was the state’s best in the 100-yard breaststroke and led off the Keystone State’s fastest 400 free foursome, joinin Luke Emig, Stuart Sumner and John Scully. Both events are Hatboro-Horsham entries on this year’s All-Area Boys Swim Team.
“I’m glad that I brought it home,” Thomas said of the breast. “My best time by a ton so I couldn’t be any happier.
“The relay was phenomenal.”

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Hatboro-Horsham’s Andy Thomas swims backstroke in the boys 200 yard individual medley at Upper Dublin Jan. 20, 2017.

Thomas was also part of the All-Area 200 free relay squad, adding to quite a season, quite a finish, for the Hatters.
La Salle’s Jake Sannem out-distanced himself from all competition in the 200 and 500 freestyles, racing to state-title swims in both events.
North Penn had their best postseason in years, led by Sean Faikish, the area’s best in the 200 IM, diver Bryce Hoch, capping his senior year with his best states performance, and newcomer Noah Jamieson, who added another dimension for NP with his talents in the 100 fly.
Souderton Area also distinguished itself in the big meets, combining its efforts for a 200 medley relay foursome that was difficult to beat. Cristian Musterait, a member of that squad, earned All-Area honors in both the 50 free and the 100 free.

Radnor’s Greg Giannella, center, receives his gold medal after winning the 50 freestyle at the District 1 Class 3A Championships Thursday at La Salle University. Second was Souderton’s Cristian Musterait, right, with John Scully of Hatboro-Horsham third. (Digital First Media/Austin Hertzog)

Lower Moreland, meanwhile, was powered by Connor Killion. The District 1-2A Champs saw Killion race to a state gold in the 100 back, his time of 49.64 setting quite a high standard.
States brought out the best in several local competitors.
Said Sannem: “I was really happy with how the meet shaped up for everyone.”

All-Area Boys Swim Team

Swimmer of the Year: Jake Sannem, La Salle
Diving: Bryce Hoch, 481.20, State Silver Medalist
200 medley relay: Souderton Area (Storm Krader, T.J. Yaglenski, Cristian Musterait, Jake Kramer), 1:33.76, State Bronze Medalist
200 free: Jake Sannem, La Salle, 1:34.76, State Gold Medalist
200 IM: Sean Faikish, North Penn, 1:49.84, State Silver Medalist
50 free: Cristian Musterait, Souderton Area, 20.44, State Silver Medalist
100 fly: Noah Jamieson, North Penn, 49.85, State Bronze Medalist
200 free relay: Hatboro-Horsham (John Scully, Luke Emig, Andy Thomas, Tim McPoyle), 1:23.78, State Silver Medalist
100 free: Cristian Musterait, Souderton Area, 45.70, Sixth in the State
500 free: Jake Sannem, La Salle, 4:21.63, State Gold Medalist
100 back: Connor Killion, Lower Moreland, 49.64, State Gold Medalist (AA)
100 breast: Andy Thomas, Hatboro-Horsham, 55.16, State Gold Medalist
400 free relay: Hatboro-Horsham (Andy Thomas, Luke Emig, Stuart Sumner, John Scully), 3:04.70, State Gold Medalist

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