Girls Swim to Big Win over GA

Coach Brian Hecker and the members of Penn Charter's girls swimming team are walking on air today . . . maybe even walking on water.

In a home meet Tuesday, for what Hecker said was the first time in history, the squad managed to top arch-rival Germantown Academy. The score was 93-92.

Though the Quakers captured just two individual events, they also won the 200 freestyle relay and showed resolve by posting eight second-place finishes in individuals.

The winners were freshmen Gabby Lopez-Ona in 200 freestyle (1 minutes, 59.56 seconds) and Marissa Lopez-Ona in 100 breaststroke (1:10.27).

Seconds: junior Madison Freeland, 200 freestyle, 1:59.81; Marissa Lopez-Ona, 200 individual medley, 2:13.51; soph Annika Murray, 50 freestyle, 25.69; frosh Avery Myers, diving, 272.95 points; Gabby Lopez-Ona, 1:56.00; Freeland, 100 freestyle, 55.71; freshman Sabrina Shaffer, 500 freestyle, 5:23.03; and senior Hannah Griffith, 100 breaststroke, 1:10.27. Soph Ayana Opong, Gabby, Madsion and Sabrina were the participants in the aforementioned relay.

The boys also hosted GA, but were thumped, 113-66. Junior Reece Whitley provided highlights with wins in the 500 freestyle by roughly 14 seconds (4:43.56) and 100 breaststroke by roughly three seconds (56.90).

It was Senior Day for swimming and diving, pictured above. See more photos

Girls squash, still missing its second, third and fourth players due to illness/injury, dropped a 7-1 verdict to visiting Episcopal Academy. Playing against another top-ranked, national-level opponent, soph Elisabeth Ross bagged a 3-2 win. She won the last game by 11-8.

Boys basketball also played EA. The road result was a 58-48 setback. The best development was that senior Mike "Neeko" Hnatkowsky, leaving behind a recent slump, buried four treys for 12 points. Here he is lining up one of the threes.

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