Pennsbury senior Connor Doyle captured gold in the 200 IM to highlight day one of the PIAA 3A championships. Photos provided courtesy of Kim Supko. Check back for a gallery of photos.
LEWISBURG - Pennsbury’s Connor Doyle finally captured the gold medal he’d been seeking.
The senior won the 200-yard individual medley on Saturday at the PIAA Class AAA boys swimming championships at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.
Doyle posted a school record time of 1:48.77 for the win.
“Greg (coach Stoloski) and I made a state title the goal back in my junior year when I decided to try to get to the Olympic Trials and I swam the Grand Prix in Orlando and skipped districts,” he said. “This year I decided to devote myself to districts and states and it definitely did pay off. I’m just thrilled right now that everything came together.”
Andy Thomas of Hatboro-Horsham captured the silver medal in the 200 freestyle (1:36.47).
“I love this pool, it’s fantastic,” he said. “Everyone always does great times here, District One always does fantastic. From La Salle’s pool to here is a big upgrade and everyone’s just flying off the blocks. The times are great.”
This year, due to the snowstorm earlier in the week, the meet is being held in timed finals instead of preliminaries and finals.
“It was one and done and absolutely my mindset was to go all out and leave it all in the pool or else that’s it,” Thomas said. “You can’t do much about it. You’ve got that one shot and you’ve got to make the most of it and do what you’ve got to do.”
Thomas is swimming in the 100 breaststroke on Sunday along with Doyle.
“Me and Connor Doyle - it’s going to be a showdown,” Thomas said. “He’s swimming great. He did fantastic in the IM so he’s got me nervous already.”
John Scully, Luke Emig, Thomas and Tim McPoyle posted a second place finish in the 200 freestyle relay (1:23.78).
Scully was 18th in the 50 freestyle (21.48) for the Hatters.
North Penn’s Sean Faikish finished second in the 200 individual medley (1:49.84), Noah Jamieson was third in the 100 butterfly (49.85) and Aidan Daly took eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:40.88) to earn medals.
Ryan Hartmann was 18th in the 200 individual medley(1:55.75), and Ryley Fein 23rd (1:43.96) in the 200 freestyle for the Knights.
North Penn’s 200 medley relay of Hartmann, Faikish, Jamieson and Fein finished fourth (1:33.77) and the 200 freestyle relay of Jamieson, Hartmann, Daley and Fein took ninth (1:25.85).
Souderton’s Cristian Musterait took second in the 50 freestyle (20.44).
The Indians’ 200 medley relay of Storm Krader, T.J.Yaglenski, Cristian Mustrait and Jake Kramer finished third (1:33.76) while the 200 freestyle relay of Krader, Yaglenski, Kramer and Musterait took fourth(1:24.81).
Yaglenski took 17th in the 100 butterfly (51.30).
Matthew Jensen of Upper Dublin took 11th in both the 200 individual medley (1:53.02) and 100 butterfly (50.82) while Alex Flynn finished13th in the 50 freestyle (21.27).
Flynn, Joe Gewartowski, Kyle Pro and Jensen took 10th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:25.93) while the 200 medley relay of Jake DiMartile, Zachary Duthie, Ryan Williamson and Gewartowski took 23rd (1:38.41).
Twins Brad and Dale Johnson of Central Bucks West both swam in individual events. Brad finished ninth in the 50 freestyle (21.11) while Dale finished 23rd in the 100 butterfly (51.54).
Nick Fiddler of Plymouth Whitemarsh took 25th in the 100butterfly (52.02).
Upper Moreland’s Zach Litvin took 26th in the 50 freestyle (21.85).
North Penn is currently third in team scoring with 92 points, Souderton is fourth (79) and Hatboro-Horsham is eighth (51). North Allegheny is leading the team competition (179).
The swimming portion of the meet ends on Sunday. Boys diving will be held on Sunday, March 26, at Bucknell at 7:30 p.m.