Coach: Linda Jones, 18th year.
Last year's record: 6-1 PAC-10, 10-2 overall.
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Stephen Miller (200 free. District 1 medalist, PIAA qualifier), Nicholas Savino (IM, breast, district qualifier in IM and breast, PIAA qualifier on medley relay), Nicholas Vivian (fly, IM, district qualifier in fly), Parker Vivian (IM, distance free, breast), Andrew Grofe (sprint free). Junior Jeremy Glasner (all events), Christian VanDyke (free, back). Newcomers: Freshmen Patrick Lance (all events), Rhett Watts (all events), Alex Longacre (distance free, IM), Sean Morris (free, fly, back), Robert Markofski (free), Oren Fanok.
Outlook: Lost a number of their standouts to graduation, including Shane Corbett, Russell Lambert and Chase Renninger. Standout Steve Miller returns for his senior season, but Bears still do not have divers because their Y pool does not have facility for it, and that hurts in close dual meets. For past two seasons their only PAC-10 dual loss came to three-year undefeated Perkiomen Valley. "A good group of upperclassmen and a nice incoming freshmen class will keep us competitive in the PAC-10,' Jones said. "Due to low numbers, districts will be our main focus.'
Coach: Angela Owens, 2nd year.
Last year: Not applicable (team competes with "time only' swims to qualify for districts)
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Adam Banks (breast), Anthony Spina (100 free, 50 free). Juniors Ryan Owens (50, 100, 200 free, medaled in 200 free at PIAA-AAA), Logan Garcia (500 free). Sophomores Daniel McCarter, Samuel Sjosten. Freshman Ryan Henry.
Outlook: Owens was the area's highest finisher at PIAA Class AAA Championships last year, placing eighth and medaling in 200 free. Blazers may not compete as a full team or have a school designated pool, but Owens does all his training at Boyertown YMCA pool with the always tough Bears team. And that means no lack of training competition. Some of his teammates train with him at the Boyertown Y, some at the Pottstown Y. "Our goal is to have as many swimmers as possible qualify for the District 3 championships,' said Blazers coach Angela Owens.
Coach: Jay Spencer, 4th year.
Last year's record: 1-6; 24th at Easterns.
Swimmers to watch: Senior Andy McClung (Busan, Korea, sprint free). Juniors Johnny McGinness (Lawrenceville, N.J., fly, breast), Tony Zhang (Collegeville, 200 IM, fly). Sophomore Chris Schiavone (Mount Joy, sprint free, back). Key newcomers: Senior Lunsford Schock (St. Louis, Mo., sprint free). Freshmen Christian DeVol (Spring City, diving), Tommy Dunn (Pottstown, distance free).
Outlook: Blues always draw standouts from near and far and this year is no exception. Also deeper in numbers this year. "This year we once again have a strong group of sprint freestylers, but two are now seniors,' Spencer said. "It is a young team, but we have filled in a number of holes nicely. With a large team and few weaknesses, we have the potential of seeing the best dual meet record in my time as a head coach. Our Easterns performance should also climb back up at least to where it was the year before last.'
Coach: John Welsh, 1st year.
Last year's record: 3-4 PAC-10.
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Pat Lebold (free), Rick Weber (free) and Jim Donnelly (free); Henry Chang (fly, distance free), Dustin Jen (breast), Colin Mansfield (free), Christopher Park (free, IM). Juniors Leon Linn (back, IM), Matt Schulz (fly, IM), Jake Brycki (free, fly), Mitchell Weber (free), Sean Dix (free), Austin DeAngelo (breast, IM), Gil Price (free), Dan Hyon (free, breast), Cameron McNally (free, back), James Fang (free).
Outlook: Welsh is the new man on deck, previously coaching in the Central Bucks district. He was a standout freestyler at LaSalle High School and then at LaSalle University a decade ago. Welsh is pumped for the new challenge at Methacton. Has already deepened the team numbers, bolstered even more by five incoming freshmen. Lost a trio of good seniors, but have plenty of newcomers to fill the holes. "We're training extremely hard,' Welsh said, "We definitely want to improve our record and we're looking to get as many as we can to districts and get the team up to states.'
Owen J. Roberts
Coach: Kevin Bott, 14th year
Last year's record: 5-2 PAC-10, 9-2 overall.
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Basil Mokhallalati (IM, back), Sam Feiser (free, fly), Alex McCullough (distance free), Tim Graybill (diving). Junior Weston Lickfeld (breast, IM). Sophomores Colin Bauer (fly, free), Alec Schneider (distance free, back), Andrew Kull (breast), Matt Dinnocenti (diving). Freshman Ryan Bowker.
Outlook: After a couple of rebuilding seasons, young Wildcats started to come of age last year. Did suffer some losses, including Matt Terrell. But have most of their excellent young core back. "The boys' team returns some up-front talent, and we are looking forward to seeing how the underclassmen develop throughout the course of the season,' Bott said. "Practices have started off strong and the team seems motivated for an exciting season.'
Coach: Co-coaches Ryan Hanosek and Erin Davidson-Kellogg, 2nd year.
Last year's record: Not available.
Swimmers to watch: Junior Connor Bade (50 and 100 free), seniors Artur Khvan (50 free and back) and Bobby Lee (fly). Newcomers: Sophomore Kristian Olsen (fly); seniors Dimcho Karakashev (fly) and Ryan Kelly (free).
Outlook: Much deeper in numbers this year, adding some very good newcomers. "We had a good showing at Easterns Interscholastic Championships last February and set several Perkiomen team records,' Davidson-Kellogg said. "We're looking to improve with newcomers.'
Coach: Jack Graham, 18th year.
Last year's record: 7-0 PAC-10; 14-0 overall. Three-time defending PAC-10 champions and two-time defending Ches-Mont League champions.
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Anthony Crane (free), Quentin Altemose (back), Alex Jones (diving). Juniors Kyle Dix (free, IM), Logan Thorneloe (fly), Corey Jackson (breast), Bryce Groshardt (back), Michael Melissen (free), Nate Kell (free), Ted Lewis (free), Matt Geiger (free). Sophomores Wyatt Amdor (breast), Dave Moran (back), Luke Wait (distance free), Dan Kershner (diving), Sam Catlin (free).
Outlook: Made history again last season going undefeated in dual meets and stretching their undefeated streak to three years, both in the PAC-10 and the Ches-Mont League, with that dual-meet streak reaching 35-0. But lost a number of their standouts, including Seth Underwood, Sean Hodgins, Will Swiss and diver Chase Ott. Back is last year's incoming standout Amdor, now a sophomore. Also back are standouts Crane, Dix and Thorneleo, and a whole slew of younger swimmers who did their part in stretching that undefeated streak through last season. "We lost some key pieces of our undefeated team,' Graham said. "But a lot of our core, anchored by Anthony Crane, Logan Thorneloe, and Kyle Dix with the addition of Wyatt Amdor, will still be very strong. Amdor and Dix were both state qualifiers last year. We hope to defend both our PAC-10 and Ches-Mont titles.'
Coach: Dan Weinstein, 2nd year.
Last year's record: 1-6 PAC-10, 1-9 overall.
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Robert Newman (district qualifier in 50 free and 100 fly), Thomas Kawchak (free, fly). Juniors Jan Aclan (district qualifier in back and 500 free), Joshua Ziev (district qualifier in breast and 200 IM), Dave Nascari (free), Ryan Flamma (free), Eli Brown (free). Sophomores Jack Thompson (back and free), Brian Tu (breast).
Outlook: Only main loss is Jake Luzins. Phantoms do have a number of district qualifiers back and bolster a larger squad than a year ago. "We will have more depth than in previous years,' Weinstein said. Their home dual meet times can be deceiving since they swim at Phoenixville YMCA 25-meter pool, rather than the yards pool the other PAC-10 team swim.
Pope John Paul II
Coach: Catherine Fink, 3rd year.
Last year's record: Not applicable (team swims ' time only' for district qualification)
Swimmers to watch: Freshman Ivan Escott (free, fly, IM).
Outlook: Still do not have full team, but are determined to keep working towards one. Escott will have to try and qualify for districts with "time only' swims at neighboring dual meets and invitationals. He will be accompanied by three PJP girl swimmers on the team. "These swimmers are actively involved in rigorous and organized USA and Y swim programs,' Fink said. "It remains a hope that this swim club will eventually pave the way for the development of a future PJP II swim team. In the meantime, our swimmers will represent PJP to the best of their ability with their given talents in the water.'
Coach: Karen Youtzy, 1st year.
Last year's record: 0-7 PAC-10, 2-11 overall.
Swimmers to watch: Seniors Morgan Schreiber (back, IM), and newcomer Eric Gray. Juniors Owen Agnew (breast, free), Danny Berry (breast), Matt Bush (fly). Sophomores Jacob Harvey (fly), Kevin Bash (back), Sean Orrison (breast). Freshmen Michael Prior (fly), Dustin Schreiber.
Outlook: Senior Morgan Schreiber leads a Pottsgrove team that returns its top talent. And Falcons always have excellent swimmers, just don't have the deep numbers of the bigger PAC-10 schools to regularly compete for team wins. "The team has basically stayed in tact with no key swimmers graduating,' said Youtzy, who served as an assistant the past two years. "We are looking forward to the team getting stronger with the addition of two new freshman, Michael Prior and Dustin Schreiber. And looking forward to improving our record from last year.'
Coach: Mark Agnew, 3rd year.
Last year's record: Not applicable.
Swimmers to watch: Junior Anthony Gazzillo (50 and 100 free, District 1-AA bronze medalist in both the 50 and 100 free last season.)
Outlook: Gazzillo is lone Pottstown swimmer remaining this season. That does not stop him from aiming high at districts as his success last year shows. With no full Trojans team, Gazzillo must continue to qualify for districts with "time only' swims at neighboring dual meets or invitationals. Agnew is also a one of the coaches of the very successful Pottstown YMCA Seahawks team and continues to try and rebuild the Pottstown program.
Coach: Bob Sieracki, 9th year.
Last year's record: 2-5 PAC-10; 4-9 overall.
Swimmers to watch: Juniors Ethan D'Arcangelo (IM, back, district qualifier), Channing Ryan (free), Zach Sparano (free, back), Dan Baker (sprint free), and Oskar Ehrnberg (Foreign Exchange student from Sweden, breast, IM). Sophomores Eric Jordan (sprint free), Nicholas Pompizzi (back, breast), Cameron Hilliard (distance free). Freshmen Noah Cancro (back, IM, free), Callum Orme (free), Gareth Orme (free).
Outlook: Got hammered by graduation, with several among last year's top PAC-10 competitors. Still have their younger standouts back, including Ethan A'Arcangelo, now a junior. Rams are adding an outstanding freshman in Noah Cancro, who was always among the best in the state, and even sometimes the country, in his youth program swims. "The boys team lost seven seniors to graduation,' Sieracki said. "Young nucleus with no seniors on 2013-14 squad. We need to have quick development of the freshmen to make up for graduation losses. We hope to improve on the PAC-10 and overall team record.'
Co-coaches: Brien Kalnoski, longtime Boyertown assistant, and Kyle Kuser, last year Indians assistant, taking over with last year's head coach Jessica Smith on maternity leave.
Last year's record: 4-3 PAC-10.
Swimmers to watch: Juniors Brandon Umstead (back, fly), Ryan Mercando (free). Sophomores Mitch Cairas (free), Tyler Reed (free). Freshman Kevin Himmelwright (all events),
Outlook: Upper Perk boys had their best year last season, capturing their second straight District 1-AA team title, then placing fifth at in Class AA at the PIAA Championships, for highest team finish at states. Indians lost top of their lineup in six departed seniors. Short on numbers this season, but high on enthusiasm and still with good talent. Kalnoski, a longtime Boyertown assistant over the past 16 years, knows what it takes to make it in the PAC-10, at districts and states. "We are a very small team this year and everyone needs to make a contribution for us to be successful,' Kalnoski said. "Our goal is to be as successful as we can in our individual races, dual meets, and the PAC-10, but to keep our focus on preparing for and being successful at districts and states. We have a great bunch of kids. They have responded well to the different type and focus of training so far into the swim season.'
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