Mercersburg Women, Peddie Men Take First At 2016 Eastern Champs

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The final session of the 2016 Eastern Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships saw more quick swims and the establishment of two more new meet records. The Mercersburg women took first in the meet with a final score of 471 while, it was the Peddie men who took first with a meet record-breaking 517.

Alex Sumner of Episcopal downed the meet record in the women’s 100 back by more than half a second. The previous meet record was set by Teresa Crippen in 2008 and was a time of 54.16. Sumner lowered that record to a final 53.57. Second in the back went to Michaela McGeary of Notre Dame and her time of 57.91, while Linsly’s Sydney West rounded out the top three with a 1:00.07.

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Penn Charter breaststroke superstar Reece Whitley succeeded in lowering his own meet record in the men’s 100 breaststroke after first lowering it this morning. Whitley turned his 53.11 from prelims into a final time of 52.97 tonight, just barely missing the National Prep School record of 52.92.

Payton Miles of The Hill School posted a final time of 50.98 to win the women’s 100 free. Mercersburg’s Lindsay Tanner finished second overall with a time of 51.30, while Peddie’s Vanessa Ruiz was third with a 51.86.

Ryan Torie of Springside Chestnut Hill continued his sprinting dominance with a win in the men’s 100 free. Torie posted a final time of 45.04 just ahead of The Hill School’s Alberto Mestre and his time of 45.10. Penn Charter’s Jack Mahoney took third with a time of 45.67.

Karlee Carminati of Germantown Academy maintained her first place seed with a final time of 4:52.24. Coming in second was Mercersburg’s Stephanie Downing with a time of 5:03.27, shaving a little over two seconds off her prelims time of 5:05.68. In third was Episcopal’s Hadley DeBruyn with a time of 5:04.44.

Matt Haigh of Haverford battled for first in the men’s 500 free finishing with a time of 4:32.24. In second was Episcopal’s Ivan Puskovitch with a time of 4:33.89 just barely ahead of Peddie’s Roman Horoszewski time of 4:33.98.

Alex Boratto  of Haverford neared the meet record of 49.08 in the men’s 100 back. He finished with a time of 49.62 for first. In second was Episcopal’s Ben Baturka posting a final time of 50.69, while third went to Haverford’s Charlie Ryan and his time of 51.01.

Episcopal turned in a 1-3 finish in the women’s 100 breaststroke with senior Sarah Baturka claiming the top spot. She finished with a time of 1:04.72 to lower her prelims time of 1:05.09. Teammate Sally Stockett was third with a time of 1:05.42, while second in the event was Mercersburg’s Courtney Levins who posted a time of 1:05.42.

Episcopal’s relay team of Emma Seiberlich (51.67), Sumner (51.83), DeBruyn (52.71), and Baturka (51.19) took first in the women’s 400 free relay with a final time of 3:27.40. Second was Mercersburg with a time of 3:30.57, and third went to Peddie and their time of 3:31.88.

The Peddie men fought hard in the men’s 400 free relay trying for a new meet record but unfortunately missed it by just over two seconds. The relay team of Jared Fitzgerald (45.18), Nathan Stern (45.12), Joe Black (46.28), and Horoszewski (45.45) finished with a final time of 3:02.03. Haverford finished second overall with a time of 3:04.50, while third went to Mercersburg who posted a final time of 3:08.83.


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John Stephens
6 years ago

What happened to GA swimming? It seems to have vanished except for the girl in the 500.

6 years ago
Reply to  John Stephens

Have there been any changes at GA since last year? Did anyone leave the program? Did a while bunch of swimmers leave as a result? It’s a great mystery. Or not.

James Naismith
6 years ago
Reply to  Leander

The program was destroyed by the school. They brought in Jeff Thompson and Donny Brush, 2 “coaches” from Indiana who ostracize anyone who crosses them as the program goes down the drain. They are protected by a clueless administration which has a pr department working overtime to spin this ongoing disaster as a success.

Geoffrey Wilson
6 years ago

GA Swimming is no longer GA Swimming. The long time decorated coach and mentor to thousands of swimmers over the last 45 years, Richard Shoulberg, was forced out by the school and now they are left with a mediocre program. As an alumni and supporter of Richard Shoulberg’s program, the meet has lost it’s luster. Maybe one day they will get back to elite status. Until then, keep an eye on Episcopal Academy in the next few years. They are doing great things with Brian Kline and Chris Lear at the helm. Brian Kline has led the program for years now with Lear, long-time Germantown Academy assistant coach and GAAC National Team Coach under Richard Shoulberg, joining the program last year.

John Smith
6 years ago

Solidified by that 2010 and 2011 class at Mercersburg and the recent head coach hire has helped the new ascend of Mercersburg to elite status!

Mburg on the rise!

Bill Piselli
6 years ago
Reply to  John Smith

After we kicked Germantown Academy’s butts at Easterns they decided to host a private meet the next day specifically to add a fast non GA student to a couple of boys relays and swim shaved and tapered to break a few old pool records. Then the GA boys and coaches celebrated on line as if they won the national championship. In case you forgot, you guys were 7th at Easterns and the 5th interac school. Next time invite the rest of the interac to your private time trial meet we can take down your bogus pool records.