The following was submitted for publication to Radnor Patch by Radnor High School’s swim teams.
Radnor High School’s boys’ and girls’ swim teams kicked off their season in style Friday, December 6, with record-breaking performances and wins at the 41st annual Central Bucks East Relay Carnival at Central Bucks East High School in Doylestown, PA.
The Radnor boys swim team -- reigning Central League Champions -- broke three meet records, including one that had been intact since 1980:
· 200-yard Medley Relay (time of 1:41:16), swum by Ryan Freedman, Mitch Gartland, Eli Avart and Tim Caulfield.
· 200-yeard Backstroke Relay (time 1:43:59); swum by Eli Avart, Jeremy Pederson, Steven Giannella and Ryan Freedman.
· 200-yard Butterfly Relay (time of 1:40:25), breaking a 33-year-old record set in 1980, swum by Tim Caulfield, Jeremy Pedersen, Brian McKeon and Elia Avart.
Coach Tom Robinson noted that, “Our boys came out strong right off the block, and showed a great amount of depth as eight swimmers of the 13 who competed in this meet were part of record-breaking relays.”
The 24-boy squad is led by seniors Ryan Freedman, Mitchell Gartland and Jeremy Petterson. With 11 juniors, three sophomores and seven freshmen plus two divers, the Radnor Boys are looking to repeat their Central League Championship title in 2013-14.
The Radnor Girls Swim Team, led by coach Ruth Small, placed first in the 200 Free Relay with the following swimmers: Emily Moyher, Lucy Fulton, Laura Packer and Heather McShea.
The 28-girl squad is led by seniors Heather McShea, Evie Cai, Quincy Shuda, Sarah Beaverson and Tatiana Smolyensky. With six juniors, eight sophomores and a strong class of nine freshmen, the Radnor girls are expecting a tremendous season this year.