First Chance Invitational at CR North

NEWTOWN - Some area swimmers will head into the break with early holiday gifts as the First Chance Invitational at Council Rock North yielded some District One Class 3A automatic and consideration cut times.

The meet was the first of its kind to be hosted at Council Rock North and was an intimate affair including just four teams; co-hosts Council Rock North and Council Rock South and fellow Suburban One League National Conference rivals Pennsbury and Neshaminy.

“The goal was to get good times early in the season and we accomplished that goal,” CR North boys coach Brian Johnson said. “We got some automatics for the district meet so now the kids can just train through without worrying about making the cut or having to taper for the league meet.

“We also had a lot of kids get consideration times for districts and that gives them the feeling that their training is working. This meet was a chance for them to have success early in the season and every team here had success.

“It’s the camaraderie of the local area and having local teams here. The kids all know each other and like swimming against each other. This is where our conference championship meet is held so it was like a little early taste of that for them as well.

“I think it was very successful and it accomplished our goal.”

Drake Bayard of Council Rock North won the boys 200 freestyle in an automatic cut time of 1:48.35; while teammate Ian Houska was right behind in second place with 1:48.87, also an automatic cut. Houska won the 500 freestyle with a consideration time (5:04.53) while Bayard posted an automatic time with his third place finish in the 100 butterfly (54.30).  

Ryan Lawlor took second in the 200 individual medley (2:03.81) and also in the 100 butterfly (53.86) with a pair of automatic cuts.

Davis Wojnovich also posted a pair of automatic cut times, winning the 100 butterfly (53.74) and taking second in the 50 free (22.52).

Blake Eshelman won the 100 freestyle in an automatic time of 48.64 and also put up a consideration time in the 100 butterfly with his fifth place finish (55.41).

Zach Birkbeck won the 100 backstroke in 55.80, an automatic cut. He bettered his previous time of 56.19.

CR North’s boys 200 medley relay of Birkbeck, Bayard, Lawlor and Eshelman won with an automatic cut time of 1:39.57 and Wojnovich, Birkbeck, Bayard and Eshelman won the 400 freestyle relay with an automatic cut time (3:17.86).

Eshelman also put up a consideration time in the 100 butterfly with his fifth place finish (55.41).

Davis, Parker Galley, Caleb Chryst and Ian Houska earned consideration in the 200 freestyle relay with their second place time of 1:30.87.

For the CR North girls, Katie Williams won the 500 freestyle in consideration time (5:30.95) and Ellie Brandbergh won the 100 backstroke in an automatic time of 1:00.07 and the 100 breaststroke in 1:10.06, another automatic time.

Brandbergh, Emily Booth, Grace Vliet and Williams took first in the 200 medley relay 1:58.65.

For Council Rock South, Josh Belder won the boys 200 individual medley in an automatic time of 2:01.96 and was second in the 100 backstroke in another automatic time (1:01.66).

The Golden Hawks boys 200 medley relay of Mark Disbrow, Belder, Nathan Olhasso and Ian Palau took third with a consideration time of 1:43.58.

“I’m really happy to get automatic cuts this early in the season,” Belder said. “It does take the pressure off a little bit. I still want to drop time but it feels good to have those cuts.

“It was great to have this meet here. That 10-minute drive from my house was fantastic. I think the competition was good and we’re with friends. It was a good atmosphere.”

Palau took second in the 100 backstroke with a consideration time of 57.05, Disbrow made consideration in the backstroke with his third place time of 58.23 and Ryan Williams earned consideration in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.37).

For the CR South girls, Madison Peifer won the 100 butterfly (1:03.73).

Although they finished second, the Neshaminy boys 200 medley relay made the consideration time with their 1:43.43. Vasyl Hrytskiv, A.J. McClurkin, Dan Sinagoga and Michael Kalika were the foursome.

“There weren’t a lot of teams here but I think it’s great to be racing against some of the teams you’re going to be racing against at leagues.” Kalika said. “It’s awesome to be racing these people a few more times.

“I think it’s great preparation for the championship meet and I think we swam well as a team. I didn’t expect to drop times because I’m not in the kind of shape I was at the end of last season so that was nice. I think everyone had a good day.”

McClurkin won the 100 breaststroke in an automatic time of 1:00.67, his best of the season. He also posted an automatic cut time of 2:04.57 with his third place finish in the 200 individual medley, a tad slower than his season best time of 2:04.12.

Pennsbury’s Catherine Kosko won the 200 freestyle in 2:01.10, a consideration time, but the senior already has the automatic cut with her season best time of 1:59.83. She repeated that in the 100 freestyle, posting a winning consideration time of 55.45 while already having an automatic time of 54.55 under her belt.  

Teammates Kylie Von Schmidt won the 200 individual medley (2:23.85) and Avery Stimmel won the 50 free in 25.97.

Stimmel, Von Schmidt, Chloe Connor and Kosko won the 200 freestyle relay (1:46.27) and Stimmel, Julia Cieniuch, Connor and Kosko won the 400 freestyle relay (3:51.81).

For the Falcon boys, Will Deitch won the 50 freestyle with an automatic time of 22.42 and took second in the 100 freestyle with a consideration time of 49.96 while Matthew Babel took third in the 50 freestyle with a consideration time of 22.97 and third in the 100 freestyle with another consideration time of 50.27.  

Matt Steele earned an automatic cut in the 100 butterfly with his fourth place time of 54.37 and consideration with his fifth place time in the 100 breaststroke (1:04.23).

Andrew Kim also got consideration in the 100 breaststroke, finishing fourth (1:03.43).

Deitch, Dean Wadley, Steele and Babel won in the 200 freestyle relay with a consideration time of 1:30.82 and Deitch, Miles Borowsky, Wadley and Babel earned consideration with a second place finish in the 400 freestyle relay (3:23.28) although the Falcons already have an automatic cut in this event (3:13.05).

 

First Chance Invitational (at Council Rock North)

Girls results
200-yard medley relay: 1. Council Rock North ‘A’ (Ellie Branbergh, Emily Booth, Grace Vliet, Katie Williams), 1:58.65; 2. Neshaminy, 2:00.93; 3. Council Rock North ‘B,’ 2:03.63; 
200 freestyle: 1. Catherine Kosko (Pennsbury), 2:01.10; 2. Paige Schluchterer, Council Rock North, 2:05.42; 3. Kaitlyn Eastburn, Council Rock South, 2:07.59;
200 individual medley: 1. Kylie Von Schmidt (Pennsbury), 2:23.85; 2. Isabella Mosco (Neshaminy), 2:24.96; 3. Kiersten Gravuer (Neshaminy), 2:28.84;
50 freestyle: 1. Avery Stimmel (Pennsbury), 25.97; 2. Emily Colyar (Neshaminy), 26.15; 3. Rachel Wozniak (Council Rock North), 26.49;
100 butterfly: 1. Madison Peifer (Council Rock South), 1:03.73; 2. Maggie Sjostedt (Council Rock South), 1:05.45; 3 .Jackie Gringolts (Council Rock South), 1:08.89;
200 freestyle relay: 1. Pennsbury (Avery Stimmel, Kylie Von Schmidt, Chloe Connor, Catherine Kosko), 1:46.27; 2. Council Rock South, 1:47.40; 3. Council Rock North, 1:52.80;
100 freestyle: 1. Catherine Kosko (Pennsbury), 55.45; Avery Stimmel (Pennsbury), 57.61; 3. Emily Colyar (Neshaminy), 58.46;
500 freestyle: 1. Katie Williams (Council Rock North), 5:30.95; 2. Victoria Wengler (Council Rock North), 5:30.95; 3. Julia Cieniuch (Pennsbury), 5:46.00;
100 backstroke: 1. Ellie Branbbergh (Council Rock North), 1:00.07; 2. Madison Peifer (Council Rock South), 1:04.26; 3. Isabella Mosco (Neshaminy), 1:05.60;
100 breaststroke: 1. Ellie Brandbergh (Council Rock North), 1:10.06; 2. Rachel Wozniak (Council Rock North), 1:13.54; 2. Emily O’Donnell (Council Rock South), 1:13.80;
400 freestyle relay: 1. Pennsbury (Avery Stimmel, Julia Cieniuch, Chloe Connor, Catherine Kosko), 3:51.81; 2. Council Rock South, 3:55.76; 3. Neshaminy, 3:59.15.

Boys results
200-yard medley relay: 1. Council Rock North (Zach Birkbeck, Drake Bayard, Ryan Lawlor, Blake Eshelman, 1:39.57; 2. Neshaminy, 1:43.43; 3. Council Rock South, 1:43.58;  
200 freestyle: 1. Drake Bayard, Council Rock North, 1:48.35; 2. Ian Houska, Council Rock North, 1:48.87; 3. Mason Sjostedt, Council Rock South, 1:56.06;
200 individual medley: 1. Josh Belder (Council Rock South), 2:01.96; 2. Ryan Lawlor (Council Rock North), 2:03.81; 3. A.J. McClurkin (Neshaminy), 2:04.57;
50 freestyle: 1. Will Deitch (Pennsbury), 22.42; Davis Wojnovich (Council Rock North), 22.52; 3. Matthew Babel (Pennsbury), 22.97;
100 butterfly: 1. Davis Wojnovich (Council Rock North), 53.74; 2. Ryan Lawlor (Council Rock North), 53.86; 3. Drake Bayard (Council Rock North), 54.30;
200 freestyle relay: 1. Pennsbury (Will Deitch, Dean Wadley, Matt Steele, Matthew Babel), 1:30.82; 2. Council Rock North, 1:30.87; 3. Council Rock South, 1:35.62;
100 freestyle: 1. Blake Eshelman (Council Rock North), 48.64; 2. Will Deitch (Pennsbury), 49.96; 3. Matthew Babel (Pennsbury), 50.27;
500 freestyle: 1. Ian Houska (Council Rock North), 5:04.53; 2. Trevor Johnson (Council Rock North), 5:07.85; 3. Andrew Belder (Council Rock South), 5:12.95;
100 backstroke: 1. Zach Birkbeck (Council Rock North), 55.80; 2. Ian Palau (Council Rock South), 57.05; 3. Mark Disbrow (Council Rock South), 58.23;
100 breaststroke: 1. A.J. McClurkin (Neshaminy), 1:00.67; 2. Josh Belder (Council Rock South), 1:01.66; 3. Ryan Williams (Council Rock South), 1:03.37;
400 freestyle relay: 1. Council Rock North (Davis Wojnovich, Zach Birkbeck, Drake Bayard, Blake Eshelman), 3:23.18; 2. Pennsbury, 3:17.86; 3. Council Rock South, 3:28.72.