Late Summer Sports Roundup
With the start of the 2017-18 just two weeks away, many PC students are currently enjoying the final remnants of their summer vacation. However, several Penn Charter Quakers, both past and present, are still making headlines in late August.
On Wednesday in Indianapolis, senior Reece Whitley began representing Team USA at the 6th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, where he will swim in the 50, 100 and 200m breaststroke events. A team captain, Whitley will be wearing the American flag on his cap for the third time, having previously swam in the 2015 Junior Worlds in Singapore and the U.S. Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui last year. A schedule of events can be found here.
On the soccer pitch, senior Giovanna DeMarco was named to the American Family Insurance All-USA Preseason Girls Soccer Team for the 2017 season. Players were selected based off past performance, strength of schedule and overall level of competition. DeMarco was named the MVP of the Inter-Ac League in 2016 after scoring 23 goals, dishing out six assists and leading the Quakers to a 17-4 overall record and a spot in the PAISAA state semifinals. DeMarco has verbally committed to Wake Forest University to continue her soccer career after she graduates.
Elsewhere in fall sports, PC junior Edward Saydee was named a running back to watch for the 2017 season by Philly.com. Saydee rushed for more than 900 yards in nine games for the Quakers as a sophomore, and will be featured in an upcoming video feature story by Aaron Carter OPC '98 of the Philadelphia Inquirer. See his preview on instagram.
Senior Mike Siani is, for the second year in a row, on the USA Baseball 18U National Team roster. Siani was a member of the 2016 18U National Team, and won a gold medal at the COPABE Pan Am "AAA" Championships in Mexico last summer.
The team began trial play last weekend, and the 20-man national team roster was announced on Aug. 24. Siani and the national team will play a series of exhibition contests from Aug. 26-29 before heading to Canada for the 2017 WBSC U-18 Baseball World Cup, where Team USA is the three-time defending champion.
Siani has made a verbal commitment to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In OPC news, Hannah Fox OPC '16 played for Team USA in the 20th Maccabiah Games and helped bring home gold. During the school year, Fox plays for Amherst College. Amherst won the the Division III National Championship in March 2017.
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