Day 1 at Easterns: Fast!
You know how things usually go in swimming. The winner touches the wall and the runnerup does so an instant later.
On Friday at Franklin & Marshall College, on Day One of the Eastern Interscholastic Championships, Penn Charter junior Reece Whitley claimed a win and the second guy finished on Saturday . . . or so it seemed.
Whitley clocked a meet record of 1 minute, 44.91 seconds in the 200 individual medley, and won the race by just short of five seconds!
His performance was the far-and-away headliner for PC's boys, but there were others of note.
Senior Evan McFadden, frosh Lance Rainer, Whitley and junior Andrew Morris posted a time of 1:34.21 to take fourth in the 200 medley relay – that's them above with their medals. In the 200 freestyle relay, senior Brendan "Chooch" Cellucci, classmate Emmet Foley and two freshmen, Cooper Berkoff and Rainer, placed 12th in the 100 free relay with a time of 1:30.49.
Also, Morris placed 16th in the 50 free (22.07) while Rainer (1:55.40) and McFadden (1:58.36) placed 17th and 20th, respectively, in the event seized by Whitley.
For the girls, the best event was the 200 individual medey. Freshman Marissa Lopez-Ona earned fifth in 2:08.78 and classmate Sabrina Shaffer was close behind in seventh (2:11.93).
Frosh Gabby Lopez-Ona had a strong outing. She was fourth in 100 butterfly (57.67), seventh in 200 free (1:56.10) and swam the first leg in the 200 free relay (11th, 1:42.64). Her mates were frosh Sam Boyes, junior Greer Guyer and Shaffer.
Other efforts of note: 200 medley relay, ninth in 1:50.49 (soph Annika Murray, M. Lopez-Ona, frosh Ayana Opong, Boyes); 50 free, Murray, 16th in 25.44.
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