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Kennedy sprints to win as Springfield takes second at Centrals

Jake Kennedy had a first Central League championships to remember.

The Springfield freshman clocked in at 21.73 seconds in the 50 freestyle, earning the win with teammate Luke Kennedy second. Both times are District 1 Class 3A consideration cuts.

The league meet, due to COVID-19 social distancing protocols, was held in four locations Saturday and the results pooled to determine champions. Times will go to placement in the District 1 championships next week.

The two Kennedys joined Brandon Decker and freshman Jacob Johnson to guide Springfield to second in the 200 free relay in 1:28.76, rallying to within .20 of Conestoga’s winning time. That foursome also won silver in the 400 free relay, albeit seven seconds back of Stoga. The Cougars finished second in the team standings, with Lower Merion third and Radnor fourth.

Radnor earned a relay win, the foursome of Jack Undercofler, Nathan Kellerman, Rhett Cosgrove and Chase Bentley claiming the 200 medley in 1:38.22. Cosgrove was second in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free. Undercofler won the 100 backstroke in 52.99 and nearly did the same in the 100 butterfly, finishing .01 behind Conestoga’s Gary Wang.

Conestoga dominated the meet. Wang was second in the 100 breaststroke to younger brother Jake Wang, who also won the 200 individual medley. Raymond Welgosh swept the distance events. Luke Nagel, second in the 200 free, won the 100 free.

Matthew Gray of Marple Newtown took silver in the 200 IM, with Springfield’s Michael Huegel third. Gray also came second to Undercofler in the 100 back. Huegel touched fourth in the 500. Johnson was third in the 100 fly ahead of Haverford’s Kyle Given, who also took fifth in the 100 back. Garnet Valley’s Matthew Hurford finished third in the 200 free and 500 free.

At District 1 Diving:

Marple Newtown’s Alexandra Pastris scored 446.50 points at the meet at North Penn, earning the Class 2A championship Saturday.

Pastris, who medaled at the Class 3A state meet, earned the Bux-Mont Chapter of Diving Officials Award for the high score of the meet, outpointing the Class 3A champ, Central Bucks South’s Alexandra Charlton.



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