SOL PIAA Wrap: North Penn finishes second in team standings (3-15-18)

The North Penn boys’ squad finished second in the team standings at the PIAA Class 3A championships on Thursday. All of the SOL’s top finishers are highlighted. (Team photo provided courtesy of Chris Dunnigan.)

LEWISBURG - It was another good showing for the North Penn boys swim team as they concluded the PIAA Class 3A swimming championships on Thursday at Bucknell University’s Kinney Natatorium.

Sean Faikish was second in the 100 breaststroke (55.43), Aidan Daly took fifth in the 500 freestyle (4:32.06) and Ryley Fein was seventh in the 100 freestyle (45.79) to account for the individual medals for North Penn.  

The Knights quartet of Fein, Faikish, Daly and Noah Jamieson took fifth in the 400 freestyle relay (3:04.09).

Nick Clark was 11th in the 100 breaststroke (58.54), Max Bachman finished 19th in the 500 freestyle (4:44.02) and Eric Degodny was 21st in the 500 freestyle (4:44.41) to finish out the day for North Penn.

North Penn finished second in team scoring with 190 points to North Allegheny, which posted a score of 301.

“We have a lot of underclassmen and gaining experience is the most important part,” North Penn coach Jeff Faikish said. “And not only did these kids gain experience, but they were successful with that experience.

“I couldn’t be more impressed with the group of kids in front of us.”

Hatboro-Horsham took second in the 400 freestyle relay. Andy Thomas, Stuart Sumner, Luke Emig and John Scully clocked in at 3:02.44.

Also for the Hatters, Scully was 12th in the 100 freestyle (46.39) and Emig took 28th in the 100 freestyle (47.78).

Unfortunately Thomas was disqualified in the preliminaries of the 100 breaststroke, where he was seeded second. He was the 2017 champion in this event.

“I was a little too anxious,” Thomas said. “I started to feel myself starting to go a little bit early I was starting to fall off the block so I flexed right before the start and there was dual confirmation and that was that.

“But we have a lot to be proud of. We had a great meet. Our relays swam really well.”

Hatboro-Horsham was fourth in team scoring (109).

Matt Bonnell of Abington took fourth in the 500 freestyle (4:29.55).

“I was nervous in the 200 (freestyle, on Wednesday) because I’ve never been to this meet before,” Bonnell said. “But that gave me an idea of what this meet was so that was good for me. I sure hope I’m coming back next year.”

Upper Dublin’s Matthew Jensen took fifth in the 100 breaststroke (57.50), Alex Flynn was sixth in the 100 freestyle (45.50) to earn an individuals medals.

The Cardinals were fourth in the 400 freestyle relay as Jensen, Flynn, Kyle Pro and Jake DiMartile touched in 3:03.89.

Also for Upper Dublin, DiMartile took 10th in the 100 backstroke (50.73), Pro was tied for 23rd in the 100 freestyle (47.27) and Kornel Pesti took 29th in the 500 freestyle (4:52.25).  

The Cardinals were third in team scoring (134).

Souderton’s Storm Krader was third in the 100 backstroke (49.84) while teammate T.J. Yaglenski was 11th in the same event (50.91).

Council Rock South’s Greg Roytman took 12th in the 100 backstroke (51.09).

Quakertown’s Justin Heimes finished 18th in the 100 backstroke (51.89).  

Caleb Kelly of Plymouth Whitemarsh finished tied for 23rd in the 100 freestyle (47.27).