Swimming, Wrestling Shine in Day 1 of Two-Day Events
Some guys experience thrills if they wind up being the best at something in gym class.
Then there's Penn Charter senior swimmer Reece Whitley . . . He prefers to be the best in the COUNTRY in his non-classroom endeavor.
The Eastern Interscholastic Championships, a two-day event at Franklin & Marshall College, in Lancaster, began Friday. And Whitley was his ever-dominant self.
He not only won the 200 individual medley by almost seven seconds, his time of 1:43.55 represented a national record. (Reece shown above at an earlier photo in PC pool.)
And in another first ... The girls 200 medley relay of junior Annika Murray, soph Sally Foley, junior Ayana Opong and frosh Camille Weiss clocked 1:46.64 to win the first event of the night. Their time set a new PC record and it was the first relay win for PC swimming at Easterns.
The girls had other strong performances, including three second place finishes. Weiss finished second in 200 free at 1:51.18. Foley did likewise in 200 IM at 2:04.16 and soph Gabby Lopez-Ona matched their feat in 100 butterfly at 56.34.
Fourth-place efforts were posted by Boyes in 50 free (24.38) and the 200 free relay team of Boyes, Lopez-Ona and the Murray sisters, eighth grader Lane and the aforementioned Annika. That time was 1:38.09.
Marissa Lopez-Ona (she and Gabby are part of triplets) placed fifth in the 200 IM (2:09.62).
More races today: Watch the Easterns live stream.
The wrestling team found itself a shade closer to home, at Malvern Prep, for the Pennsylvania Independent Schools tournament, also a two-day event.
Senior Alex Koenig (pin at 160 pounds) and classmate Jordan Steinhouse (decision at 138) were triumphant in quarterfinals. They're assured of finishing no lower than sixth. The following guys will wind up no lower than eighth—soph Jess Anderson at 113, frosh Tone DeMarco at 145, junior Sam Shemtov at 152 and soph Matt McGlinchey at 195.
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