While St. Augustine solidified its position on top of The Inquirer’s Super 6 Boys’ swimming poll with Monday’s 106-64 win over Cherry Hill East, there will be a showdown Thursday for the second spot when No. 2 Cherry Hill East meets No. 3 Haddonfield. The girls’/boys’ meet begins at 6:10 p.m. at Camden County Tech.
And just because No. 1 isn’t at stake doesn’t mean that this isn’t a big meet.
“The way we look at it is that this is for No. 2 in South Jersey,” said Cherry Hill East co-coach Joe Cucinotti. “It’s still an honor to face a great team like Haddonfield.”
And he said it would be an honor to be in the second spot.
“There are a lot of great teams out there and to be the one behind St. Augustine would be a great accomplishment,” Cucinotti said.
More important, this is a true test for a young East team. Only four of the Cougars’ 37 members are seniors — Ryan Delaney, Kyle Harrison, Mike Hsieh and Matt Radziwill.
East (7-1) might be building for the future, but the Cougars are still formidable now. Among the key performers has been freshman Joe Petrone, who won the 200 meters in Monday’s meet with St. Augustine. Sophomore Ford Scott is a key distance performer, while junior Mike Krohn won the 100 butterfly against St. Augustine.
So there have been a lot of positives for the Cougars, who will treat their matchup for No. 2 with first-rate intensity.
— Marc Narducci