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Champs Sparkle at Swimming Championship

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Penn Charter's girls swimmers largely performed in sensational fashion through a perfect Inter-Ac League season.

Tuesday at Episcopal Academy, they sparkled again on Day 2 of the I-A championships.

Leading the way in top-dog territory for coach Brian Hecker's crew was the 400-yard freestyle relay, which set a school record of 3:34. 92 (seven-plus seconds better than its seed time) thanks to senior Madison Freeland, sophs Gabby Lopez-Ona and Sally Foley and freshman Camille Weiss.

Meanwhile, Foley claimed a pool record by clocking 1:04.69 in the 100 breaststroke.

Other winners were Weiss in the 100 free (52.83) and the team of eighth grader Lane Murray, Foley, junior Ayana Opong and Weiss in the 200 medley relay (1:49.63).

The following competitors finished second: soph Marissa Lopez-Ona in 100 breaststroke (1:09.25), Foley in 200 IM (2:08.29), Weiss in 100 backstroke (1:00.30) and the team of soph Sam Boyes, Freeland, G. Lopez-Ona and junior Annika Murray in the 200 free relay (1:41.91).

And these girls were third: Freeland in 200 free (1:57.82) and 100 free (55.21), Boyes in 50 free (25.34), G. Lopez-Ona in 100 butterfly (1:00.39) and L. Murray in 100 backstroke (1:00.96).

Monday, soph Avery Myers placed third in diving.

More photos from swimming.

Also Tuesday, PC's squash teams competed in the first round of the Mid-Atlantic Squash Association Tournament. The boys blanked Haverford School's JV, 9-0 (all by 3-0 sweeps), while the girls fell to Episcopal's varsity, 8-1.

Eighth grader Hyun Su Price and junior Tom Bradbeer were the boys' leaders. Each allowed just eight points. The former recorded a shutout in his final game and the latter allowed his foe to score just one point in the first game.

Junior Hatti Specter kept the girls from being shut out. Her win was especially notable because she lost the first two games and then turned to assistant coach Kira Murasko-Blank and said, "I am not losing this match." Later, she even rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the fifth game.

The basketball teams were bested by opponents they'd beaten the first time around.

The boys were topped by visiting Episcopal, 63-51. The girls lost at Baldwin, 31-28.

Posted by S. Sexton in silary, winter sports on Wednesday January, 31 at 09:27AM

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