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Titans swim past Bucks


Retiring CB South head boys’ coach Jeff Lake smiles with the Titan seniors on Friday’s Senior Night.

Girls' swimming

Lindsay Hiltpold said the tears flowed for about 45 minutes.

The Central Bucks South senior captain knew Friday’s meet against Central Bucks West would be emotional. It was – and then some.

“Everyone who has gone through this program has said it’s one of the greatest meets that you’ll ever go through,” said Hiltpold, shortly after the Titans downed the Bucks, 98-88, “and being here tonight on the pool deck, it really was.”

“We’re like best friends,” fellow senior captain Elizabeth Pluznyk said, “and it’s always fun to race your friends. We all get incredible times and it’s just one of the best meets of the year.”

“When Victoria Peacock gave her (Senior Night) speech about me, I was in tears,” said Maggie Heigl, head coach Kevin Whelan’s third senior captain. “It’s sad to leave the team, but there were also a lot of happy tears. I think about all of the great friendships that I’ve formed over the years, especially with my coaches and teammates. It’s been amazing.”

In the 400-yard freestyle relay, CB South’s Heigl, Kaylin Goodling, Chloe Matsick and Heidi Scholer shaved approximately seven seconds off of their season-best time to earn an automatic berth in districts with a 3:43.20. CB West’s Natalie Yim, Samantha Remmey, Christina Cavalluzzo and Jessica Kuo were second in 3:49.75.

“Everyone just kicked butt, stayed focused and brought it home,” Heigl said.

The Titans and Bucks each nabbed six events.

Individually, Kuo won a pair, taking the 200 IM over Peacock, 2:14.44 to 2:23.46, and then getting by Scholer, 1:07.56 to 1:09.74, in the 100 breaststroke. Kuo started the evening’s affair by teaming with Kaitie Button, Sammie Seiden and Yim, who squeezed past CB South’s Scholer, Joy Schwedler, Lizzie Axler and Heigl, 1:53.91 to 1:53.98, in the 200 medley relay.

“This is absolutely our favorite meet of the year,” CB West head coach Vibeke Swanson said. “The kids swam out of their minds. We got a consideration time in the medley, we got close to a consideration in the 200 free relay and we got a consideration in the 400 free relay. [Seiden] got an automatic in her fly, and then [Kuo], of course, had her times, which were automatics. Natalie Yim got a consideration in the fly and she’s very close in the 100 free.”

Seiden glided to the victory in the 100 butterfly in 1:01.07; Yim was runner-up in 1:02.10. Remmey outlasted everyone in the 500 freestyle in 5:42.07; the Titans’ Ryleigh Rosta was next to touch the wall in 5:48.16. In the 100 backstroke, Button defeated Peacock, 1:06.08 to 1:06.98.

“You can’t ask for more,” Swanson said. “We’ve been doing Swimmers of the Meet and I said, ‘The whole team?’ Because everyone just swam crazy.”

Goodling went two-for-two in her individual races, snapping up the 200 freestyle over Pluznyk, 2:02.58 to 2:04.60, and then scoring the win in the 100 freestyle over Heigl, 55.03 to 56.09. Scholer prevailed over Heigl, 24.77 to 25.70, in the 50 freestyle. CB South’s Vita Shabalow dove to first with 237.15 points; CB West’s Hailey DeFazio was second with 202.65. And in the 200 freestyle relay, the Titans’ Goodling, Pluznyk, Schwedler and Matsick out-touched the Bucks’ Cavalluzzo, Abby Jenkinson, Seiden and Remmey, 1:43.59 to 1:45.69.

“I dropped four seconds in my 200 free, which I was really happy about,” Pluznyk said. “In my 100 free, I dropped two seconds, so that was exciting. And in both of my relays, I got my best splits of the season. It was a really good meet all-around.”

“We’re all one big family,” Hiltpold said. “We practice with West. We know them; they’re basically our family, too. Everyone is just so into everyone else. It’s the greatest thing to see everyone jump up and down and cheer for each other.”

Boys' swimming

It was the perfect way for Alex Brogan to end his final Central Bucks South-Central Bucks West meet.

Brogan and his Titan 400-yard freestyle relay ’mates, Tom Khayt, Caleb Matsick and Dan Han, dipped under the previous school record of 3:20.48 on Friday with a district automatic time of 3:19.08. Brogan’s brother, Pat, had a hand in setting the old mark in 2013. Younger brother Alex was glad to see it fall.

“It’s pretty cool,” Brogan said with a wide smile. “We’ve always been going back and forth, my brother and I, on when I was going to kick him off [of the CB South record board] and now it has finally happened.”

Brogan and company also won the race. The Titans’ Chip McElrath, Cole Martin, Dan Cohen and Ben Komita placed second in 3:27.92.

Brogan also teamed with Komita, Khayt and Han to snare the 200 medley relay in a district automatic 1:40.30. Coming in second were CB South’s Ryan Kircher, Josh Hiltpold, McElrath and Dan Pohl, who finished in 1:42.93.

“This meet is always so important to all of us because we train with West, we share the pool,” Brogan said. “We’re always with each other and it’s just a fun meet.

“It’s fun to compete against them,” Brogan, a senior, continued, “and then it’s Senior Night, so there’s all of the emotion built up in that and that really pushes us forward – and we take the energy from that to swim fast.”

The final result is almost secondary. For the record, though, the Titans prevailed, 102-76, having won 11 of the 12 events. The Bucks’ Ian Donaher, Franky Swain, Cameron Wallace and Connor Levant edged out the Titans’ Brian Lee, Reese McLaughlin, Kevin He and Martin, 1:37.78 to 1:37.79, in the 200 freestyle relay.

“We practice with them every day,” Donaher said, “so we get to know them well.”

Matsick, Khayt and Han each won a pair of individual events. Matsick began by taking the 200 freestyle in 1:50.01; Martin was second in 1:53.88. Later, Matsick booked it to the wall in the 500 freestyle in 4:59.01; Martin was second again in 5:09.03. Khayt swam past Pohl, 2:00.17 to 2:07.60, in the 200 IM, and then beat Komita, 54.34 to 55.42, in the 100 butterfly. Han, meanwhile, got by Brogan, 22.23 to 23.03, in the 50 freestyle, and then turned his attention to the 100 freestyle, where he again downed Brogan, 48.90 to 50.93.

“I dropped four seconds in the 200 IM; I was very happy about that,” said Donaher, who came in third in 2:08.11, good for district consideration, which was a 2:08.50. “And then I dropped a second and a half in the 100 backstroke (he finished second to Komita, 58.34 to 59.47). Both times were personal bests.”

Pohl triumphed over Hiltpold, 1:04.30 to 1:04.47, in the 100 breaststroke. And in the diving competition, Cohen compiled 269.35 points; runner-up McLaughlin had 227.75.

“It was definitely really hard to finish this meet knowing that this would be our last time here,” Cohen, a senior, said. “I’ve been here since sophomore year and every year we kind of build to the West meet – and it’s a big deal partially because we practice with West all of the time. And we just like to keep up that rivalry and we love putting on our fast skins and just seeing what we can do.”

CB West won last year’s meet.

“We were a different team this year; we were a lot deeper,” Donaher, a senior, said. “We were top heavy last year. This year, we might not have won as many dual meets, but it was awesome just watching everyone drop time and get better.”

“It’s kind of a stepping stone for leagues and districts, where we want to get even better times and work toward our ultimate goals,” Cohen said.




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