Villa Maria excels on first day of District 1 swim meet

The first day of the two-day PIAA District 1 Class AA swimming championships on Friday at La Salle University turned out to be a good one for the girls of Villa Maria Academy, setting one meet record and putting a pair of individual champions on the victory stand.

The Hurricanes 200-yard medley relay team set a meet record of 1 minute, 49.63 seconds.

Villa Maria's Sarah Hitchens won the 50-yard freestyle in 24.22 seconds and teammate Lauren Law posted a 2:09.07 to take the 200 individual medley relay.

Merion Mercy's Lizzie Manning won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.08.

In Class AAA girls, Downingtown East's Danielle Siverling, a North Carolina recruit, won the 200 freestyle in 1:51.08. She posted a 1:48.10 in the same event on Dec. 10 and a 1:47.49 at the PIAA Class AAA state championships a year ago to win that event.

Upper Dublin set a meet record of 1:47.33 in the 200 AAA medley relay.

Council Rock North took the 200 freestyle relay in 1:36.74.

In the boys' competition, one of the highlights came from West Chester Henderson's Andrew Kosic, who set a meet record of 48.69 in the Class AAA 100 butterfly.

Kosic's teammate at Henderson, Thomas McCormick, won the 200 individual medley (1:53.99). North Penn's Pat Dunigan (1:56.95) was second.

Another record went to Haverford High's Shane Ryan, who posted a 1:39.4 in the 200 freestyle.

In Class AA, Upper Perkiomen's Mason Cassel took the 100 boys' butterfly in 52.71.

Springfield (Montco) won the Class AA 200 freestyle relay in 1:26.83. Bishop Shanahan was second in 1:30.71.

Holy Ghost Prep's Dan Gosek won the 50 freestyle in 20.91. Jake Oescheger of Springfield (Montco) finished second (21.72).

Pottsgrove's Tyler Gross (2:02.48) won the 200 IM.


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