Most people take a bath to start and/or finish the day.
Brian Hecker and his assistants with Penn Charter's girls swimming program did so early Saturday evening in the pool at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, to celebrate—with MAJOR joy—a first place finish in the Eastern Swimming and Diving Championships.
This was a two-day competition and the Quakers impressed throughout. Girls swimming totaled 578 points—boys finished 13th with 153.
One highlight occurred in the 500 freestyle. Frosh Camille Weiss placed second at 4:58.03 while sophs Gabby Lopez-Ona (third at 5:06.32) and Sabrina Shaffer (seventh at 5:12.0) were in the ballpark.
In another individual event, 100 breaststroke, PC notched first and fifth thanks to soph Sally Foley (1:02.54, good enough for All-American status) and Marissa Lopez-Ona (1:06.62).
There was also a special group moment. Foley, G. Lopez-Ona, senior Madison Freeland and Weiss sped to 3:29.40 and second in the 400 free relay.
And let's not forget about senior Reece Whitley.
Understandably, he did not grab today's headline and he was as thrilled for the girls as anyone. But he AGAIN broke a national record with a time of 51.16 in 100 breaststroke. And he was honored as Swimmer of the Meet.
The wrestlers again traveled to Malvern for Day 2 of the Pennsylvania Independent Schools Tournament. End result? Fifth of 20 teams with 103 points.
Senior Alex Koenig led the way with a second place finish at 160 pounds. Classmate Jordan Steinhouse was third at 138. Soph Jess Anderson (113) and junior Wayne Derkotch (182) were fifth, senior heavyweight Luke Mattice was sixth, junior Sam Shemtov (152), soph Matt McGlinchey (195) and freshman Andre O'Neal (220) were seventh, and frosh Tone DeMarco (145) was eighth.
The basketball teams dropped road decisions in the quarterfinal round of the PAISAA Tournament, thus completing their seasons.
The boys fell at Haverford School, 66-46, to finish 17-11. Seniors Mason Williams (19) and Will Samuel (14) were the top scorers and the former finished his PC career with 1,204 points, the No. 6 total in school history.
The girls were outdone by Germantown Academy, 60-44. Junior point guard Emma "Meadowlark" Maley scored nine points.
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