Swimmers from Conestoga, Fulton of D-East in fast lane at District 1 Swimming Championships – PA Prep Live

Conestoga continued to shine on the final day of the PIAA District 1 Swimming Championships on Sunday at the YMCA of York County.
The Conestoga girls, defending District 1 3A champions, won the district title again; and the Pioneer boys placed second in the boys’ 3A competition.
The Conestoga girls had 312 points, well ahead of second place Hatboro Horsham (262) and third place North Penn (171).
“It was a great team win,” said Conestoga girls’ swim coach Rob Kirkby. “We scored points in every event and had many personal bests, including a new school record from Delaney Burns, who swam an outstanding 500m freestyle.”
Chester County swimmers won both Swimmer of the Meet awards at the District 1 Championships on Sunday. Downingtown East junior Alexa Fulton was named female swimmer of the meet, and Conestoga sophomore Jake Wang was named male swimmer of the meet.
Fulton, who finished first in the girls’ 50 freestyle on Saturday with a district best 22.65, was the girls’ 100 freestyle champion on Sunday with a time of 50.29. Last year in the United States, Fulton won gold medals in the 50 Free Girls and 100 Free Girls and was named Daily Local News Girls Swimmer of the Year 2021.
“Alexa had a great run today and we’re looking forward to her getting a chance to defend her gold medals. [at States] from last year,” Downingtown East girls’ swim coach Sean Wyatt said.
In Sunday’s Men’s District 1 3A meet, Conestoga finished in second place with 296.5 points, behind North Penn (324).
Jake Wang, the boys swimmer in the competition, finished first in both the men’s 200 IM (1:50.31) and the men’s 100 breaststroke (55.40) and was part of the Pioneers’ first-place teams in the men’s 200 IM relay and 400 male. free relay on weekends.
“Jake had a phenomenal meet and overall we had a great district meet,” said Conestoga boys swim coach Mark Tirone. “We were able to continue where we left off. [Saturday] with great swims, and we can’t wait to move on to state competition. »
Chester County teams in the top 20 of the 3A women’s competition included Conestoga, West Chester Henderson (fourth place, 158 points), Downingtown East (ninth, 94 points), Unionville (10th) and West Chester Rustin (16th). West Chester East was 21st, Downingtown West 31st, Avon Grove 33rd and Coatesville 35th.
Here’s a look at local highlights from the final day of the District 1 3A Women’s Swimming Championships:
Conestoga’s depth continued to play a key role on Sunday. Delaney Burns set a school record in the women’s 500 freestyle (4:57.23) on Sunday, finishing third. Naomi Furman finished second in the girls’ 100 breaststroke (1:04.12). Conestoga placed third in the women’s 400 freestyle relay (3:28.72) with a foursome of Delaney Burns, Audrey Laganelli, Naomi Furman and Lily Robinson. In the girls 100 freestyle, Lily Robinson was third and Audrey Laganelli eighth. Keira Haas was sixth in the women’s 100 backstroke and Sarah Fox eighth in the women’s 500 freestyle.
West Chester Henderson senior Krista Marlin, who finished first in the women’s 200 freestyle on Saturday, was second in the women’s 500 freestyle on Sunday (4:54.95), behind Katya Eruslanova of Haverford. The Warriors placed second in the women’s 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:28.09 with a foursome consisting of Katie Simpson, Rylee Kelly, Shannon Gamble and Krista Marlin. Rylee Kelly was fifth in the girls 500 freestyle and Katie Simpson was 10th in the girls 100 freestyle.
“It was a great meeting all around – the arrival of our team [girls and boys] was the result of great racing by everyone,” said Henderson swim coach Jeff Bott. “Seeing the whole group perform so well was great and it helped build energy throughout the competition.”
Unionville sophomore Izzy Iwasyk led the Longhorns again on Sunday, finishing in fourth place in the girls 100 freestyle with a time of 51.17. Interestingly, Chester County had three of the top four swimmers in the women’s 100 freestyle on Sunday, with D-East’s Alexa Fulton (first), Conestoga’s Lily Robinson (third) and Iwasyk. Emily Albans placed seventh in the girls’ 100m on Sunday. The Longhorns placed 11th in the women’s 400 freestyle relay.
Among other local teams, Downingtown East was led by Meet female swimmer Alexa Fulton, and teammate Victoria Maki placed 15th in the women’s 100 freestyle on Sunday. West Chester Rustin junior Kate Mondick was 11th in the women’s 500 freestyle on Sunday, and Lily Turco was 15th in the women’s 100 breaststroke. West Chester East sophomore Taylor Tegler was fourth in the women’s 100 breaststroke on Sunday, and Sam Heiland was 16th in the women’s 100 backstroke. Avon Grove sophomore Lily Perrin was 17th in the girls 100 on Sunday, and Coatesville sophomore Macey Speakman was 12th in the girls 100 on Sunday.
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In the men’s PIAA District 1 3A competition, Chester County teams in the top 20 included Conestoga, West Chester Henderson (9th, 84.5 points), Kennett (13th, 73 points) and Oxford (17th, 53 points). West Chester Rustin finished 26th, Avon Grove 28th, Downingtown East 30th, Great Valley 34th and Unionville 35th.
Here’s a look at the local highlights from the final day (Sunday) of the District 1 3A men’s competition:
Conestoga was led by its male swimmer of the meet, Jake Wang, who finished first in the men’s 100 breaststroke on Sunday. The Pioneer quartet of Jake Wang, John Yeniay, Raymond Welgosh and Stephen Graver finished first in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:05.94. Gary Wang finished second in the men’s 100 backstroke (50.61) ahead of Liam Simmons of Kennett. Raymond Welgosh placed fourth in the 100 breaststroke. Ryan McDonough finished sixth in the boys’ 100 backstroke. In the boys 500 freestyle, James Manion was ninth and John Yeniay 10th. Stephen Graver finished 10th in the boys 100 freestyle.
Senior Dylan Smolders of West Chester Henderson finished fourth in the boys 500 freestyle (4:36.47). The Warrior quartet of freshman Edward Stoltz, Vedant Bedekar, Finn Lukens and Dylan Smolders tied for ninth in the 400 freestyle relay, and Stoltz finished 11th in the men’s 100 backstroke.
Kennett senior Liam Simmons shone on Sunday, finishing first in the men’s 100 backstroke with a time of 49.48 (ahead of runner-up Gary Wang of Conestoga) and was second in the men’s 100 freestyle (46.37) . Erik Floren Smith set his best time in the 100m freestyle and Luke Myers clocked his best time in the 100m backstroke.
“The boys performed way beyond my expectations this weekend,” Kennett swim coach Cindy Millison said. “I’m extremely proud of each of them and can’t wait to see [how far] their energy in the pool takes them to states in a matter of weeks.
Oxford junior Alex Karahalis, who finished first in the men’s 100 butterfly on Saturday, placed second in the men’s 100 breaststroke on Sunday with a time of 56.29, behind male swimmer of the competition Jake Wang of Conestoga (55 ,40). The Hornets placed 14th in the boys’ 400m freestyle relay, with a foursome consisting of Ryan Topmiller, Noah Topmiller, Andrew Hinkley and Alex Karahalis.
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Villa Maria Academy finished fourth in the PIAA District 1 2A Women’s Swimming Championships, with 234 points, behind Springfield (308), Nazareth Academy (273) and Lower Moreland (239).
Hannah King placed second in the girls’ 100 freestyle (season best 54.35) and rookie Keriann Collison was fifth (season best 55.59). Ainsley Ingram finished ninth in the girls 500m freestyle and 10th in the girls 100m backstroke. The Hurricanes placed third in the women’s 400 freestyle relay (3:47.95).
“Our girls swam very well again today,” said Villa Maria coach Fritz Schumann. “Our fourth place was better than we expected. We are very proud of our team and are already looking forward to next season.
Bishop Shanahan finished sixth in the PIAA District 1 2A Men’s Swimming Championships with 122 points, behind first-place Springfield Township (361.5 points). For the Eagles, Patrick Taylor was eighth in the boys 100 freestyle and Brady Hendrickson was fourth in the boys 100 breaststroke.

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