December 15, 2000 - Stephen Pasquale ('99), FRANKLIN & MARSHALL, sent the following note: "The weekend of Dec. 1-2, F&M had it's annual invitational. This year our team did a small rest for it and we shaved our bodies, so I had some pretty good times for the middle of the season. My times were as follows: 200 back: 2:01.93; 100 free split: 49.2; 50 back: 25.9; 100 back: 54.3; 50 free: 22.27; 50 free split: 21.88"
December 14, 2000 - Scott Walker ('91), one of NP's legends brought us up-to-date on his life. Here is what he wrote from Minnesota: "I still work at the University (of Minnesota) in the audits department. I am about halfway through grad school, majoring in finance. I don't think I have swum a total of 100 yards since my last race at NCAA's, although I still work out a few times a week. I am getting married in July 01 to Rachael (a girl I met at school). She and I bought a house in south Minneapolis about a year and a half ago. We have two dogs (Martha and Frannie). Rachael is in law school and will finish up spring 2002. I spend time studying, or working around the house, or hunting and fishing. Actually, I took quite a few trips hunting this year (Iowa, Colorado, North Dakota, and also in Minnesota) so I stay pretty busy. Anyhow, life is good."
December 12, 2000 - Steve Phillabaum ('99), NAVAL ACADEMY, brought us up-to-date on his water polo career: "My water polo team qualified for NCAA Final Four this year by winning the East Coast. We were in Malibu California for 4 days enjoying water polo to its fullest. I even scored a goal against UCLA in the national semi-final game. I'm attempting to help represent Eastern Water polo:) you can watch the final two games here http://www.ncaachampionships.com/polo/mpolo This was written by the Navy Sports Analyst for a couple papers: "
Mids Fall to Top-Ranked UCLA in NCAA Tournament Opener
MALIBU, Calif. - The 11th-ranked Navy water polo team fell to top-ranked UCLA, 12-5, in the 2000 NCAA Tournament Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Runnels Memorial Pool. "We got a little flustered and lost our composure in a couple of situations, where we were getting beat a little on the fast break," Navy head coach Mike Schofield said. "We were not sorting things out very well and the next thing you know the score is 5-1. I am proud of our guys. I thought we prepared very well, but I thought the experience and the capabilities of the UCLA team were just a little too much for us."
Navy (24-11) took a 1-0 lead in the first quarter on sophomore Adrian Rawn's (Greenwich, Conn.) goal, while the Bruins scored the next 11 consecutive goals to take a 11-1 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Mids outscored UCLA 4-1 in the final period as the Bruins went to a 12-5 victory. Senior captain Sean Foster (Davis, Calif.) led Navy in scoring with two goals. Freshman Joe Donahue (Annapolis, Md.), sophomore Steve Phillabaum (Lansdale, Pa.) and Rawn each scored a goal for the Mids. Navy goalie Nick Hill (Long Beach, Calif.), a UCLA transfer, made 11 saves in the cage, while allowing 11 goals. Sophomore Cody Acuna (Davis, Calif.) made one save in goal for the Mids and allowed a goal.
Andrew Bailey, Ryan Brown, Sean Kern and Blake Wellen each scored two goals apiece to lead the Bruins. UCLA goalie Brandon Brooks made six saves and allowed a goal, and Eric Meadows made two saves and allowed four goals. "I thought it was a good game for us today," UCLA head coach Guy Baker said. "I thought Navy played well. I was happy with the way we started the game and built from there. Each quarter we got stronger."
Ninth-ranked UC San Diego upset fourth-ranked Southern California, 9-8, in the other national semifinal to advance to Sunday's championship game at 5:30 p.m. (EST). Navy will play the USC in the third place game at 4 p.m. (EST).
December 7 - Tim Kronstain ('99) SHIPPENSBURG, wrote: "We just got back from our mid season meet at George Mason University. I went a 2:13:78 in my 200 breast (personal best so far) and a 1:02:29 in the 100 breast. I'm not sure what my 50 free time was. I am more or less just a breastroker now and not really a freestyle sprinter. My team finished 2nd overall which is great considering we are a D2 school and we were swimming mostly D1 schools."
December 6 - Sylvo Szabo ('97), KUTZTOWN, had a 2:04.45 in the 200 IM at the Another Level Invitational. He also swam a 50.50 lag on his 400 free relay team. A few days earlier, swimming against New Jersey College, Sylvo qualified for the conference championship in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.84.
Steve Fleming goes under
1:50 in the 200 backstroke!
The 2000 Princeton invitational featured a number of familiar faces from Pennsylvania, including recent North Penn HS graduates Steve Fleming (Princeton) and Dominick Szabo (American). Some of the other PA swimmers competing there were Chris Johnson (Princeton), Bob Molettiere (Penn State), Kevin McCann (Brown), and Chris Grabowski (Penn State). Steve Fleming stood out with his 200 backstroke performance in the consolation heat clocking a nationally ranked time of 1:49.27 which would have placed him third in the final. His 100 back was 51.69 and he swam a 1:56.75 in the 200 IM. Dominick Szabo had a good meet, too. He finished 3rd in the 200 (2:05.40), 4th in the 100 breast (56.86) and 7th in the 200 IM (1:53.45). He also swam the 200 freestyle clocking 1:44.38. It was wonderful to see a number of NP alumni showing up at the meet, that besides Princeton and American, also featured Tennessee, Brown, Penn State and Villanova. Watching and cheering from the bleachers were Matt Rader, Jeff Elko, Don Walsh, and Doug Phillabaum.
November 22 - Kevin Mahan ('76), completed the 2.4 mile swim portion of the Great Floridian Triathlon in 48:47 as part of a second place masters relay. (Old bone move slowly!) Kevin is President of the Greater Knoxville Triathlon Club, married and residing in Lenoir City, TN. (email@example.com )
November 21 - Sylvo Szabo ('97) KUTZTOWN, had a dual meet against the College of New Jersey. He swam a 2:19.84 in the 200 breaststroke and a 2:07.62 in the 200 IM.
November 18 - Steve Fleming ('00) PRINCETON, won the 200 backstroke at the Cornell-Pennsylvania-Princeton Ivy League Try-Meet with 1:52.19. For the first time, Steve also competed in the 1000 freestyle. He finished 5th clocking a respectable 9:57.74. At the same weekend Jeremy Bergman ('99) JAMES MADISON, was competing in the Nike Cup at the University of North Carolina and did another in-season best in the 200 freestyle with a 1:42.30.
November 12 - Kristen Krail ('97), Ashley Jernigan ('00), and Becky Naudasher ('00) all of WEST CHESTER, swam against New Jersey College. Ashley and Kristen took first and second in the 200 breaststroke, in that order, while Ashley was part of the winning 400 medley relay and Becky the runner-up 400 free relay.
November 11 - Jeremy Bergman ('99) JAMES MADISON, and Dominick Szabo ('00) AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, swam against each other at JMU's Savage Natatorium. At least their teams did as both NP graduates swam in different events. Jeremy's100 free was a fast 47.57, while his 1:43.32 in the 200 free was a lifetime best in-season performance for him. So it was Dominick's 1:54.76 in the 200 IM, who a little later suffered his first loss in a dual meet breaststroke event in nearly four years. AU teammate and Olympic Trials qualifier Ethan Bassett touched him out 2:06.37 to 2:06.60.
November 10 - Steve Fleming ('00) PRINCETON, had great performances during a Princeton scrimmage swimming a 52.30 in the 100 and 1:52.00 in the 200 backstroke.
November 9 - Judsen Schneider ('88) KALAMAZOO, sent an update on his brother Joey and himself: "I haven't written in a while and I'm sure a lot has changed since then. So here it goes. I am now a sophomore, biology major at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, MI. K is pretty small, as we have about 1200 students, but it is a wonderful school. The academics are rigorous and the swimming is great! Last season went pretty well. I broke 5 school records, two league records, and was a 2 time All-American at NCAAs. My 800 free relay finished 6th this year and took home wood for the first time in 5 years. We were league champions this past season also. My fastest times from last season were a 4:37.42 in the 500 free, a 1:42.38 in the 200 free, a 47.16 in the 100 free, and a 16:12.13 in the mile. I have already gone a 1:44.6 in the 200 free this year against Notre Dame and we swim Hope College next Tuesday (our biggest rivals). Joey almost made Olympic trials this year in the 400 free! He went a 4:03.26 at our Region meet and went a little slower at Junior Championships. However, he has been a 1:44.8 in practice in the 200 free already this year, but hasn't swam that fast in a meet yet this season. He has been a lot faster then that, but still hasn't beaten his older brother head-to-head!! :)"
November 4 - Jeff Faikish ('97) and Jon Faikish ('00) of IUP, and Sylvo Szabo ('00) KUTZTOWN, met at their dual meet at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania Natatorium. In the individual events Jeff Faikish won the 200 (1:48.93) and the 500 freestyle (5::03) and clocked a 50.16 in the 100 freestyle. Jonathan's time in the 200 free was 1:57.33. He also swam the 100 butterfly and finished with a 58.01. Sylvo had a 1:04.15 in the 100 breast, 2:10.72 in the 200 IM, and 2:23.57 in the 200 breaststroke. All of them have been practicing only for a few weeks and are in the middle of their endurance training.
November 3 - Dominick Szabo ('00) AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, won all three of his individual events during their dual meet against George Mason University. He was also part of American's winning medley relay (1:36.60) in which Dominick's breaststroke split was 25.80. His 57.01 in the 100 breast is a new lifetime in-season best for him as is his 2:06.16 in the 200. He clocked a 22.05 in the 50 freestyle. In the breaststroke events he was racing against Cameron Charlton, the 2000 conference champion in the 200. In that event, Dominick overcame a two body length deficit to win the race.
October 31 - Here is a little update on some of those admirable "old" fellows representing a golden era in NP swimming: Dan Dunigan ('90) - firstname.lastname@example.org. The Simkiss Agency is now in Paoli, PA, not Radnor. Head Coach of the NPAC Swimming teams. Kevin Dunigan ('83) - email@example.com He owns Dunigan & Co. Builders. Kevin now has 3 children. Mike Dunigan ('84) - firstname.lastname@example.org Mike has 2 children, both daughters. Kyle Kroberger ('90) - Honorable Discharge from the Navy, October 2000. Moving to Cherry Hill, NJ area. Will be working with his brother Chris '88 as an Investment Analyst. Kyle has two daughters. Todd Giardinelli ('90) - email@example.com Currently lives in NYC with his wife Joanne and works for JP Morgan. Matt Krystopa ('92) - firstname.lastname@example.org - is an Assistant Coach for the NPAC Boys Team.
October 29 - For all those who may not have been aware: Katie O'Brien (DICKINSON) is no longer swimming as she she is now a double major in Political Science and Women's Studies. She will be going to Washington DC next semester to intern and eventually would like to work with the National Organization of Women. Doug Phillabaum (PRINCETON) stopped swimming too, and so did Ago Szabo (CLARION) and Gabe Turzo (SWARTHMORE). Richmond's male swimming program fell victim to Title IX and thus Kevin Rader's swimming career came to a halt as well. Mike McPeak (WESTMINSTER) traded his Speedo in for books, made the Dean's List, and moved back home to North Wales. Currently he is a junior at Gwynedd Mercy on a full academic scholarship.
October 28 - After transferring from Connecticut then red-shirting last year, Jeff Faikish started his first swimming season with Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He swam at a five-team invitational against the swimmers of Westminster, Slippery Rock, Clarion, and Edinboro. Jeff had a mid 2:07 in the 200 IM and a 49 in the 100 freestyle. Starting this season, he will be swimming with his brother Jon who is a freshman at IUP.
October 28 - Sylvo Szabo ('97) KUTZTOWN, had a dual meet against Drew. He swam his usual events, the 200 breaststroke and the 200 IM. His times were 2:22.10 and 2:07.10 respectively.
October 25 - Jeremy Bergman ('99) JAMES MADISON, already had three dual meets this season. His times got gradually better with every meet. Jeremy swam his best last week against Virgina in the 100 (48.13) and 200 freestyles (1:44.82).
October 24 - Chris Craig ('99) WILLIAM & MARY, had his first dual meet in the 2000-2001 season against Davidson. He placed 1st in both the 100 (48.61) and 1000 (9:58.52) yard freestyles.
October 21 - Steve Fleming ('00) PRINCETON, had a time trial on October 21st. His 100 back was a 53 flat and he did a 1:54.70 in the 200.
October 14 - Dominick Szabo ('00) AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, broke the 100 yard breaststroke pool record at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on October 13 at the Potomac Relay Invite. His time of 57.20 is his best in-season time ever. His other times at the relay meet were as follows: 100 IM: 52.73; the breaststroke leg of the 200 medley relay: 25.90, and his 50 split in the 200 freestyle relay: 21.63.
September 30 - Dominick Szabo had his first meet at American University. He won both the 200 IM (1:56.16) and the 100 breaststroke (58.99).
September 15 - Jason Craig ('96) WEST CHESTER, wrote: I just wanted to drop a line telling you what I've been up to lately. Well I graduated from Rowan University in May 2000 with a BA in communications. Over the summer I was coaching for the NPAC Summer Program. And at the moment I am attending West Chester University, I am in a 2 year program studying to get my teaching certificate in Health and Physical Education. I am also volunteering as an assistant coach with the North Penn Water Polo team. I'm still living in the Lansdale area. My email is still: email@example.com
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