Charter and Salesianum begin the 500 yard freestyle event. The Charter School of Wilmington swim team hosts Salesianum and Padua in a battle of top seeds.
MILLTOWN – Salesianum and the Charter School of Wilmington battled in a highly anticipated late-season test between the top two boys swimming teams in nonconference action Saturday evening at McKean High School.
The No. 1 Sals passed the season’s “midterm” successfully as they handed the No. 2 Force a 111-59 defeat and helped give them momentum as they hope to defend their state championship in two weeks.
“Our guys swam great. I told them before the meet started that today was like midterm exam. Two weeks will be the final exam on February 28th,” Salesianum coach Chip Hannig said. “I just emphasized when I talked to the team that ‘our goal is to finish in two weeks. Go out and enjoy this win tonight because tomorrow morning we’re back to work.’ “
Sallies (11-3) got strong efforts throughout its lineup winning nine of the 11 races contested during the meet, including all three relay races. The Sals got two individual race victories each from Jack Portmann and Robbie Dickson.
Portmann won the 200 individual medley 1:58.47 and the 100 butterfly in 52.30 seconds. Dickson won both individual races he competed in, winning the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.37 seconds and the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:44.03.
Rory Richardson’s time of 23.02 was good enough to take first place in the 50 freestyle, and Matt Otto took victory in 100 breaststroke in 59.17 seconds. Saturday’s victory was a measure of revenge for Salesianum after Charter (9-1) defeated Sallies in last year’s meet by two points.
“It was great. A lot of guys preformed well above expectations,” Dickson said.” We wanted to come back today after we lost to them really close. It was great to get a good win for the team.”
Henry Rogatz scored both of the Force’s wins when he finished in first in 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.70 and in the 100 freestyle with a time of 49.63.
Charter, the top-ranked girls squad, got a head start on its preparation for the state meet, beating Padua Academy 108-57 by setting the fastest time in 10 of the 11 races and earning the best diving score.
“This meet helped some of the girls get their state cuts for the events they’re potentially swimming at states,” Force senior Julia Snavely said. “Every race counts as preparation for the big state meet in two weeks.”
Charter (10-0) had the fastest time in all three relay races and got wins from Gabriella Barbieri in the 200 freestyle, Lily Dubroff in the 200 individual medley, Caitlyn Blake in the 50 freestyle, Katherine Langseder in diving, Tessa Slocomb in the 100 butterfly, Emily Longnecker in the 100 freestyle, Rebecca Green in the 500 freestyle and Danielle in the 100 backstroke.
Emily Pfeifer finished in first place in the 100 breaststroke for Padua (4-4).
Boys: Salesianum 111, Charter School of Wilmington 59
200 Medley Relay-Salesianum (Dickson, Otto, Richardson, Kempski) 1:42.01; 200 Freestyle- Rogatz, CSW, 1:47.70; 200 Individual Medley- Portmann, S, 1:58.47; 50 Freestyle- Richardson, S, 23.02; 100 Butterfly-Portmann. S, 52.30; 100 Freestyle- Rogatz, CSW, 49.63; 500 Freestyle-Dickson, S, 4:43.03; 200 Free Relay-Salesianum (Portmann, Barboun, Richardson, Kempski), 1:31.60; 100 Backstroke-Dickson, S, 54.37; 100 Breaststroke-Otto, S, 59.17; 400 Free Relay-Salesianum (Barboun, Dickson, Otto, Portmann), 3:20.96. At McKean High School. Six Lanes
Girls: Charter 105, Padua 57
200 Medley Relay-Charter (Slocomb, Chen, Dubroff, Blake), 1:55.49, 200 Freestyle-Barbieri, CSW, 2:07.11; 200 Individual Medley-Dubroff, CSW, 2:11.15; 50 Free-Blake, CSW, 25.98; 100 Butterfly-Slocomb, CSW, 1:51.76; 100 Freestyle-Emily Longnecker, CSW, 55:65; 500 Free-Green, CSW, 5:43.73; 200 Free Relay-Charter (Blake, Slocomb, Longnecker, Dubroff), 1:43.91; 100 Backstroke-Bye, CSW, 1:06.52; 100 Breaststroke-Pfeifer, P, 1:11.58; 400 Free Relay- Charter (Sheats, Snavely, Barbieri, Green), 4:00.97. At McKean High School. Six Lanes.