Easy wins in the home pool
beat Perkiomen Valley in the first ever official waterpolo game at the North
Penn High School 11:6. The boys won their game 13:4. The Rick Carroll Natatorium's
was full of spectators indicating that there is a lot of interest in home
meets. Hopefully, there will be more.
Maidens, Knights lose by one
Both the North
Penn girls and boys had a close game with Souderton, but in the end the
missed opportunities proved to be too costly. The girls lost 4:3 and the
boys 5:4. The next game, against Perkiomen Valley, on Monday, October 16,
will mark the first time that a game will be played at the North Penn High
Time to move on
It's been wonderful... I will never stop remembering
the great times I spent as a parent, friend, and volunteer with the North
Penn High School's swimming program. I enjoyed the cheering, videotaping,
the five years of yearbook editing and the three years of web site development
and management. It was a lot of fun. And if not always without frustration,
well, that's just life. I will certainly keep only the greatest memories,
and there are plenty. I feel deeply privileged to have been able to work
with one of the best high school coaches this country has ever seen. Bill
Bartle's record of a water polo and four straight swimming state championships,
taking the NP boys and keeping them in the top five public high school programs
in the U.S.A. for four consecutive years, and in the end leading them to
the number one national ranking, made my job very easy. There was certainly
no need for motivation. I woke up and went to bed daily with thoughts of
how I could match the program's success with quality representation, accurate
reporting, and documentation.
During the first year of development we received about 5,000 hits which
grew to 12,000 by the end of the second year. We had a tremendous growth
this past season propelling the number of hits to 30,000. Many of the visits
came from rival high schools from our league, district, and state. College
coaches, researchers, and various organizations checked out the NP web site
from as far as Texas, Florida, and California. And it's worth taking a look
at the impressive list of countries where fans and competitors took notice
of the powerful North Penn swimming program. Here they are in the order
they first logged on: Canada, United
Kingdom, Australia, Germany, Netherlands, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Brazil,
Israel, Mexico, Malaysia, Italy, Finland, Latvia, Czech Republic, Chile,
Sweden, Singapore, Greece, Ireland, South Africa, Hungary, Poland, Saudi
Arabia, Spain, France, Croatia, Belgium, Switzerland, South Korea, Denmark,
Argentina, and Costa
Thank you to all who offered their help in making this
site interesting and informative, particularly coach Bartle and Rick
Carroll. I will miss working with you. Now I must turn my attention
to other responsibilities that have been patiently waiting for me as well
as all the new challenges which I am always ready to embrace.
Your new web master will be Mercer Sisson. He brings
different skills to this web site that will surely result in a welcome improvement,
especially in the so much needed technical areas. Please be patient and
a good assistant to Mercer so he can serve you better. But I am not saying
a final good bye yet. As my time permits I hope to finish updating the various
tables by the time the 2000-2001 swimming season kicks off. Also, I would
like to make a page dedicated to the memory of our inspirational hero, Matt
Walsh. Finally, I will keep managing the alumni pages. I hope that it
can serve the program as well as the individuals well if we can maintain
a lively connection between the past and the present. So stay in touch wherever
you are! - Joe Szabo
Maidens win the Beast of the East Tournament
The North Penn girls dominated the annual Wilson
tournament, with Brittany Jernigan scoring 10 goals. Other standouts
were Lyndsy Wittmer with 10 steals, Jen Morelli with 6 assists,
and Katie Plewinski with 3 goals, 3 assists, and 5 steals.
NP-Worthington (OH) 8-3
The Knights lost virtually all of their starters from last year, so this
is a rebuilding period for them. Here are the results of their games at
NP-Worthington (OH) 10-1
NP-Greenwich (CT) 4-14
These North Penn friends could have
made it to the Olympics in many other countries
A look at the best times of Steve Fleming
and Dominick Szabo revealed that both North Penn standouts, who led
the Knights to four consecutive state titles and a national number one ranking
among public high schools, could have represented a number of countries
at the Olympics. They achieved the international B standard for Olimpic
qualification. Steve Fleming's best time of 58.61 in the 100 meter backstroke
made the B cut of 58.71. The A cut is 55.91. Dominick Szabo's 1:04.14 100
breaststroke time beat the 1:05.64 standard. The A qualifying time is 1:02.51.
His 2:20.94 in the 200 is also better than the B cut of 2:22.13. The A cut
in this event is 2:15.36. According to the rules a country can enter one
swimmer in any event with a B cut. Two swimmers can only be entered if both
made the tougher A qualifying standard. Since Dominick, who is of Hungarian
heritage, has a full second faster time in the 200 breaststroke than 1996
Olimpic Champion Norbert Rozsa's qualifying time at the Hungarian
trials, Dominick could have represented Hungary in Sydney if he had dual
citizenship for at least the last two years.
North Penn girls in California
Seven of the NP girls water polo team traveled
to a camp in Long Beach, CA, and trained at the Olympic Training Center
in Lompoc. They had a great time playing with and watching the teams from
different countries practicing & scrimmaging for the upcoming water
polo trials. The NP girls were the only team from the east coast and taught
those girls from australia not to take them for granted. Katie Plewinski,
Lyndsy Wittmer, Brittany Jernigan, Jen Morelli, Colleen Good, Gina Peterman,
and Jackie Dischell represented the North Penn program.
Two lifetime best performances at
the Olymic Trials brought world rankings for Dominick Szabo
Speedo, adidas, and other swim suit manufacturers
planted hundreds of sharks in the IUPUI pool, home of the 2000 Olympic Swimming
Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana. These partial and full-body suits, many
of them mimicking shark skin with their V-shaped ridges on their surface,
represent the new trend, without which it would be a vast disadvantage for
any serious swimmers to compete. At least that's what manufacturers and
coaches along with some top contenders say. No one can tell for sure how
much these suits really help, but either their specially prepared surface,
or the gentle compression that keeps the muscles from wasteful vibration,
or perhaps the psychological advantage that the swimmers may gain from it,
seem to bring results that otherwise would be hard explain. Recent North
Penn graduate Dominick Szabo had his own experience when he put on
his suit which he received the day before of his 100 meter race at the trials.
He was seeded 59th out of 88 swimmers in the event and finished 21st with
a lifetime best of 1:04.14. His previous best time was 1:05.80 which he
swam at the 1999 Spring Nationals.
Szabo says that the partial body suit he prefers over the
full length gave him both an advantage and a disadvantage at the same time.
"It felt like I was going faster than my arms could pull. I was thrown
off. My hands were trying to catch up with the speed of my body and I was
struggling to control my stroke." He added that "The suit didn't
let my skin feel the water and so it was impossible for me to gauge my speed.
I was a very weird experience." As to how he felt otherwise about his performance
this is what Szabo had to say: "It hurts to see how close
I was to making the semi-finals, but both my coach and myself feel that
I did better than what the intense, but relatively short, summer preparation
would have suggested." Szabo started doubling his practices only from
the end of June, and a month later he was already tapering.
He did also very well in the 200 meter breaststroke event
finishing 23rd overall with a time of 2:20.94. He was seeded in the same
heat with ex-Wilson High arch rival Chris Maurer who finished with a 2:25.99.
"My good hundred swim gave me confidence before the 200. " said
Szabo after the race. "I was hoping to go under 2:20.00, but I can't
complain about the 2:20.94. During my summer swims in Washington, D.C. and
Santa Clara, I was doing 2:30s and 2:34s, so tapering 10 seconds was really
satisfying. I rarely swim the 200 and I don't have a good sense of evenly
spacing out my energy yet. I held back a little too much on the third leg
and when I finished sprinting the last 50 I felt that I wasn't totally spent.
Another second could have placed me in the semi-finals. But all-in-all,
it was an extremely valuable experience that will be wonderful to draw on
in my future races."
Dominick Szabo's 100 meter time now ranks 111th in the
world, his 200 meter performance is 145th. (Photo: Denes Bardos)
Steve Fleming misses the Olympic
Trial cut by .12 and finishes 2nd at the NE Junior Nationals
He had only a handful of practices since the PIAA
State Championship in March, and now, in an amazing accomplishment and to
the great surprise of many, Steve Fleming twice barely missed the
Olympic Trial qualifying time in the 100 meter backstroke in Ohio at the
2000 NE Junior Nationals. Steve swam a lifetime best of 58.76 in the prelims
which he further reduced to 58.61 in the finals. The qualifying time was
58.49. Chris Craig finished 35th in the 400 meter freestyle. His
time was 4:19.76. The NPAC 400 free relay of Jeremy Bergman, Steve
Fleming, Pat Thompson, and Chris Craig clocked 3:38.25 for a 9th
Ephrata's Casey Coble, a bronze medallist in the
200 IM at the 2000 PIAA State Championships, qualified for the Olympic Trials
swimming 4:32.59 in the 400 meter IM, just .1 second under the mark.
Steve Fleming 6th at the NE Junior
Both Steve Fleming and Jeremy Bergman
improved on their times in the evening finals. Fleming came in 6th in the
100 meter backstroke clocking 1:08.71, while Bergman's 54.20 earned him
19th place in the 100 meter freestyle. His time of 1:59.61 in the preliminaries
of the 200 meter freestyle placed him 31st. Chris Craig swam 2:01.23
in the same event and finished 36th.
First results in from Juniors
1999 graduate Jeremy Bergman, who attends
James Madison Unicersity, will swim in the bonus consols after finishing
20th in the prelims of the 100 freestyle. His time of 54.47 reflects an
excellent effort. Although he didn't practice much in the summer, Princeton
bound Stephen Fleming managed to make it to the finals in the 100
meter backstroke with a time of 1:09.74. His arch rival, 2000 state champion
Josh Cierski of Emmaus will swim in the bonus consols (1:13.35).
Have you heard about the Mark Müller
Award? Here is your chance to pay tribute to the ex-North Penn swimmer it
was named after
His brother, Paul Müller sent us the following
Mark (Müller) has surpassed the anticipated life expectancy. He is
in great shape. As one of the people that affected the Lansdale community,
Mark's upcoming birthday is truly a time of celebration. Swimming has always
been a close family. I don't know how to get a hold of various people. Can
you help? Please forward this or share with anyone affiliated with NPHS
Mark currently is still a quadriplegic. A little note:
He was traveling in the early morning with two other swimmers on their way
to practice when the unfortunate car slid off the road (back in the 70s).
But he is doing great. Florida has helped him stay away from the bitter
cold winter. His big interests are sports and politics. Thank you in advance
for any help you may be able to provide.
Please everyone pick up the phone or write a few words to Mark at one of
the addresses provided. Especially those who had been honored with his award
(Most Promising Freshman). Click here to read the specifics of the invitation and to
find phone numbers and the e-mail addresses to write to.
Maureen Schriver makes Junior National
The Maiden's Maureen Schriver made her first
Junior National cut this past weekend at the MIDs meet in the 1500m freestyle.
She won the event with a 17:39.65, which was seven seconds under the qualifying
time of 17:46.69. She barely missed the cut in the 400 IM (5:09.65) with
a swim of 5:10.89.
Szabo ranks first in the U.S. in
The latest USS update shows that
in the 1999-2000 season, among 17 year-olds, Dominick Szabo is ranked
number one in both the 100 (54.97) and 200 (2:01.27) yard breaststrokes
in the United States. He is fourth in the 200 IM (1:50.56). His 1:49.86
state record time as well as Steve Fleming's 100 back performance
of 51.17 could not be considered because they were swum under high school
rules. Szabo has not swum the 200 IM and 200 breast at all on long course
meters in the past season while his only 100 meter swim (1:08.24, in Santa
Clara, CA, this past June) places him 28th on the national ranking in the
17 and under category.
|17&U 100 YARD BREAST
||17&U 200 YARD BREAST
||17&U 200 YARD IM|
|1. 54.97 - Dominick Szabo
2. 55.10 - Mark Gangloff
3. 55.75 - Wilson Brandt
4. 55.99 - Rassan Grant
5. 56.59 - George Bruce
6. 56.77 - Cheyne Bloch
|1. 2:01.27 - Dominick
2. 2:02.62 - Kurt Cady
3. 2:02.65 - J. Muantongchin
4. 2:02.68 - David Szabo
5. 2:02.93 - Rassan Grant
6. 2:02.95 - Aaron McCracken
|1. 1:49.45 - Dan Trupin|
2. 1:50.17 - John Dorr
3. 1:50.45 - Eric Dijulio
4. 1:50.56 - D. Szabo
5. 1:50.81 - Paul Fahey
6. 1:50.81 - E. Shanteau
Broken down, in the middle of hard practice
season, and in his first meet as an 18 year old, Szabo participated this
past weekend (July 13-16) at the Potomac Valley Senior Championship Long
Course Meet at George Mason University. Swimming with an ear infection and
with seven Motrins in his system, his breaststroke times (1:09.18 in the
100, and 2:30.92 in the 200) were well off of his expectations, but the
last day he twice broke his lifetime best long course 200 IM times. In the
finals, Tom Dolan won with a world class time of 2:03.30. Dominick
finished 3rd out of the about 60 swimmers posting 2:11.93.
The North Penn Boys Swim Team is
No. 1. in the Nation
The 1999-2000 NISCA National Dual Meet
Team Rankings came out and put a huge smile on the faces of the NP boys
and their coaches, Bill Bartle and Brian Faikish. The first
time since national rankings have been tabulated (based on a power point
system applied to dual meet performances), the North Penn boys are ranked
number one among public high schools in the United States. They placed ahead
of traditionally strong teams such as Michigan's Pioneer, Texas' Woodlands
and Cypress Creek, and Indiana's Carmel. In a combined ranking that includes
both public and independent schools, the NP boys rank 5th in the country
ahead of The Kiski School, Albuquerque Academy, and local power house Germantown
Here are the top 16 teams in each category.
HIGH SCHOOL RANKING
|COMBINED PUBLIC AND |
|01. 5560 - North Penn, PA
02. 5460 - Poineer,
03. 5402 - James
E. Taylor, TX
04. 5392 - Carmel,
05. 5373 - Clovis
06. 5323 - The
07. 5263 - New
08. 5150 - St.
09. 5121 - Parkview,
10. 5107 - Rockford,
11. 5075 - Dr.
12. 5040 - Cherry
13. 5019 - Cypress
14. 4957 - North
15. 4893 - W.G.
16. 4839 - Emmaus,
|01. 6047 - The Bolles School, FL|
02. 5910 - St.
03. 5857 - Regis
04. 5675 - St.
05. 5560 - North Penn, PA
06. 5543 - Bellarmine
Col. Prep, CA
07. 5508 - Brophy
College Prep, AZ
08. 5479 - The
Kiski School, PA
09. 5460 - Pioneer,
10. 5402 - James
E. Taylor, TX
11. 5392 - Carmel,
12. 5373 - Clovis
13. 5356 - Akron
14. 5323 - The
15. 5263 - New
16. 5240 - Phillips
Exeter Acad., NH
Ten NP All-Americans
Fleming and Szabo each received four
The National Interscholastic
Swimming Coaches Association released the 2000 All-American high school
rankings, in which, not surprisingly, quite a few North Penn boys were included
again. In water polo, NP standouts Derek Meyerson (pictured here)
made the third, while Ashley Jernigan the fifth team. In swimming,
all three relays, along with Steve Fleming and Dominick Szabo,
received All-American honors.
The 200 medley relay of Steve Fleming,
Dominick Szabo, Pat Thompson, and Rick Schillow finished second
behind Akron Firestone's team of Ohio. Pennsylvania dominated the 100 breaststroke
in which Brendan Hansen was first and Dominick Szabo second, while Moon
Area's Nathan Ilnicki finished 9th. Hansen and Szabo also lead the combined
independent and public school national rankings.
Two North Penn swimmers placed in the 200 IM. Szabo's state record time
of 1:49.86 was good for third, while Fleming received Honorable Mention
for his 42nd place.
The 400 free relay of Fleming, Nicholas Fanslau, Justin Fanslau,
and Szabo, had the 6th fastest time among American public high schools.
1999 State Champion and 2000 runner-up Steve Fleming is ranked 15th in the
100 back, while the 200 free relay of Brett Kratz, Jon Faikish, Nicholas
Fanslau, and Schillow, placed 32nd.
The North Penn boys state championship
team.from left to right: Justin Fanslau, Nicholas Fanslau, Rick Schillow,
Jon Faikish, Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, Matt Gibson, Ryan
Hollanbach, and Brett Kratz.
Dominick Szabo is preparing for
the Olympic Trials in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and California
On June 13, North Penn's recent
graduate, Dominick Szabo, moved to the Nation's capital to prepare
with his new team for the Olympic Trials set for August 9-16 in Indianapolis.
He is now with Curl-Burke, one of the largest and most successful swim clubs
in the United States. He will be under the watchful eyes of Head Coach Rick
Curl, whose program produced a number of national champions, world record
holders, and Olympians, including Michael Barrowman, Tom Dolan, Ed Moses,
Rock Santos, Sergio Lopez, and many others. With his new club, Dominick
participated in his only two long course meter competitions within the past
year (June 2-4 in Rockville, Maryland and 23-25 in Santa Clara, California)
to get some experience before the trials. He is in the middle of hard practice.
Starting June 27, he will be practicing even more, about seven hours a day.
Tory Young and Brian
Faikish named new head coaches at North Penn
To ensure the continuation of the
strong North Penn tradition, assistant coaches Tory Young and Brian
Faikish were named to head the girls and boys swim teams for the upcoming
seasons. Both are North Penn graduates, were part of the North Penn swim
team, and have extensive coaching experiences. Before coming to North Penn,
Tory Young was head coach of the Nor-Gwyn summer swim team. She was named
Aquatic Director at North Penn after the retirement of Rick Carroll.
Brian Faikish was assistant to Bill Bartle during the most successful
five years in the team's history with a second place finish and four state
championship performances in a row.
Bill Bartle and the boys honored
The North Penn School Board honored
outgoing Head Coach Bill Bartle for his
extraordinary career at the school. Donna Mengel said that Bill Bartle
was the "youngest legend" that she has ever come across. The audience
showed its respect by standing up when the modest and beloved coach left
the room. Those boys who represented the team at the state championships
were also honored. They are Jon Faikish, Steve Fleming, Justin Fanslau,
Nicholas Fanslau, Matt Gibson, Ryan Hollenbach, Brett Kratz, Rick Schillow,
Dominick Szabo, and Pat Thompson.
will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He will swim for
the university with his brother Jeff. Steve
Fleming, who received Academic
All-American status, is heading to Princeton
where he will be part of the swim team. Matt Gibson goes to Grove City.
He will swim and play water polo with North Penn legend Steve Johnston. Ryan Hollenbach decided by Penn State.
He will study architecture and will be on the diving team in State College.
will attend Slippery Rock. He plans to major in Physical Education
and will play water polo. Ricky
Schillow will go to the University of Tennessee.
He will swim for the club and will attempt to make the univerity's formidable
team next year. Dominick Szabo received a full scholarship from The American University
(Washington, D.C.), where he is going to study computer science. Besides
swimming for the university, he will also be part of the Curl-Burke swim
On the girls' side Rebecca
Grant is going to swim and study at the University
of Delaware. Becky Naudasher and Ashley Jernigan are heading to West Chester University. Becky will swim,
Ashley will do both swimming and playing water polo. Julie Good will study biology at Gettysburg
College, and Kara Ketterer will attend Boston University. She will major in Physical
Education, but will not be swimming
& Bill Bartle resign
The girls and boys lose their head coaches
It came as a total surprise that
left swimmers, rivals, colleagues, and the community stunned. First, the
girls' head coach Denise Butterweck decided to pursue a masters degree and
handed in her resignation in April. Then on May 1st, Bill Bartle made the
decision that he no longer has what it takes to continue to lead the extraordinarily
successful North Penn boys program.
Denise Butterweck, an accomplished swimmer who won Pennsylvania's Division II. Conference
Championship in the 400 IM, lead the Maidens for five years. Her team won
league championships, had an outstanding dual meet record, and developed
into a strong district contender. She was also a coach of the girls state
champion water polo team.
As a North Penn High School swimmer, Bill
Bartle won five state championships in the 70s. His last six years with
the Knights, this time as a coach, brought even more success to his alma
mater. Bartle's ability to bring the best out of his swimmers brought about
an 81-0 dual meet record, six league, six district, and four state titles.
He developed 18 All-Americans. His swimmers (along with diver Steve Bohner)
currently hold nine pool, seven team, twenty-five class, ten meet, six league
championship, ten league dual meet, two district, and two state records.
He developed a number of swimmers beyond the high school program, leading
them to Junior Nationals, Nationals, and even to the Olympic Trials. Among
his countless shining accomplishments is winning both the boys and girls
Pennsylvania Water Polo State Championships. It is not a surprise that he
is regarded one of if not the most successful high school swimming coach
in the history of Pennsylvania. Outside of his duties, he will stay on until
August to help assistant coaches Brian Faikish and Tory Young keep their
swimmers in shape for the next season.
NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL RANKINGS
North Penn's web master has made
considerable progress in his effort putting together a national high school rankings for boys. So far he has researched and checked
private and public high school state championship results in 43 states.
A girls list, compiled by Bob Klapthor, is currently on the web and accessible
via the Michigan
High School Athletic Association's
Dominick Szabo wins two championships
at the NE Junior Nationals in Buffalo, New York, and qualifies for the Olympic
Trials in the 200 breaststroke
Penn's one-man team of Dominick Szabo collected 40 points at the
North East Junior National Championships in Buffalo, NY, finishing 26th
out of 74 participating teams and ahead of such powerhouses as Atlantis Aquatic Club, Gloucester County Swim Team,
Jersey Wahoos, Akron Firestone, Team Delaware, Parkland, and Bethel Park. Dominick, who had already qualified for the Olympic
trials in the 100 breaststroke, won the 200 breaststroke (2:01.27) and the
200 IM (1:50.56), and made two national and an Olympic trial cut. He missed
the 200 IM Olympic trial cut by .07 second. Dominick, who won his events
in Buffalo with an impressive margine, finished second in a combined (Northeast,
Southeast, and West) national ranking in both the 200 breast and 200 IM.
He also swam a time trial in the 50 yard freestyle. He finished first, and
his time of 21.35, a Junior National cut, would have placed him in the Northeast
final of that event.
Dominick Szabo was selected as the swimmer
of the year by the Philadelphia Inquirer, The (Lansdale)
Reporter , and the online magazine
Steve Fleming makes Junior Nationals
This past weekend Steve Fleming
swam a time trial at the Mid-Atlantic Championships in the 200 yard backstroke
clocking 1:52.06, well under the Junior National cut.
Becky Naudasher, Steve Fleming, and Dominick Szabo received the Most Outstanding
Swimmer Award at the season-ending banquet. There were eight more awards
given out to the boys and girls. In the end, Steve Fleming spoke emotionally about
what his coaches and teammates meant to him and everybody else. He said
that the past four years brought so much joy, success, learning and growing
experience, and deep-rooted friendships that will be hard to duplicate if
at all possible. Indeed, he spoke for all.
North Penn captures their 4th straight
PIAA title and Dominick Szabo breaks a state record
On the girls' side, Becky Naudasher
It was two days of picture perfect
performance. That and a little luck helped the dream become a reality. Winning
this year's championship seemed to all but easy. A formidable Bethel Park
and North Penn appeared to be dead even before the championship began. Based
on the seedings, both teams were supposed to collect 132 points. It started
out with a little luck. Besides Ryan Hollenbach's super performance
and 6th place finish in the diving, because of the unfortunate injury of
Chuck Venuto, first alternate Greg Detwiler was also given
a chance to compete. And he took full advantage of the opportunity contributing
3 unexpected points to the team with his surprise 10th place finish. Then
the NP swimmers' amazing, and by now legendary, heart outperformed all competition.
The 200 medley relay of Steve Fleming,
Dominick Szabo, Pat Thompson, and Rick Schillow broke the team record clocking 1:34.42 and won the gold. In the breaststroke leg of
the race Szabo set a new relay
split standard swimming 24.88.
Justin Fanslau finished 13th in the 200 free with a personal best
(1:45.88). Then came the much anticipated race between archrivals Brendan
Hansen and Dominick Szabo in the 200 IM. The two have been competing
in the IM and the breaststroke throughout their high school career and the
races gradually became closer and more interesting. Based on their district
and state prelim times, it was easily predictable that winning the event
would take a new state record. And so it happened. In an exciting, extremely
tight race from the first stroke to the last, Szabo touched out Hansen with
the first sub 1:50 PIAA performance. His time of 1:49.86, was a team, class,
pool, and state record. Steve Fleming, who in the morning swam an outstanding
personal best, finished sixth.
The 50 free brought one of the nicest surprises
when freshman Brett Kratz came in 8th contributing another gift of
five points. His morning time of 21.74 is a new class record.
The 200 free relay of Brett Kratz, Nick Fanslau, Jon Faikish, and
Rick Schillow finished 6th. With their added 18 solid points, and Bethel
Park's slightly less than expected performance, the North Penn boys ended
the first day with a 23 point lead.
On the girls' side, the 200 free relay
of Ashley McNeill, Brittany Jernigan, Kim Kline, and Becky Naudasher
finished 8th. Naudasher's personal best of 24.88 in the 50 free was good
for 9th place. Ashley McNeill came in 18th in the same event with
a 25.12. The medley relay of Brittany Jernigan, Ashley Jernigan, Maureen
Schriver, and Becky Naudasher placed 25th.
On the second day, Pat Thompson almost
broke the sophomore 500 free class record and finished 11th in the event.
Chris Houchins was first alternate (13th). Steve Fleming swam like a champion
in the 100 backstroke, but was outtouched by Emmaus' Josh Cierski.
Still, he broke a class and team record the second time in one day (first
51.21 , then 51.17). Rick Schillow came in 14th with a personal best of
Second in the breaststroke, Dominick Szabo,
also broke the class and team records. His time in the final, a National
and Olympic qualifying time as well, was 54.97. Brendan Hansen broke the
state, but missed the national record (53.66) in the same event only by
one hundredth of a second. During the preliminaries Nicholas Fanslau broke
Dominick Szabo's freshman class record with an outstandiong time of 1:00.93.
With that, after Dominick Szabo, John Reaburn, Andy Dabrowski, and
Sylvo Szabo, he became the 5th fastest breaststroker in North Penn's history.
Before the last event, the 400 free relay,
the NP team was ahead of Bethel Park by 31.5 points. Not enough to risk
a false start since the winner gets 32 points. North Penn (Fleming, J. Fanslau,
N. Fanslau, and Szabo) and Parkland went head to head all the way to the
end. Dominick Szabo and 100 free PIAA State Champion Chris Johnson
had an incredible race in the last 100. Johnson touched first for Parkland
(3:07.01) just sixteen hundredth ahead of Szabo, who actually beat Johnson
by one one-hundredth of a second. Johnson's time was 45.05, Szabo's 45.04.
Bethel Park finished a distant third (3:09.40).
In girl's action, Maureen Schriver's 5:13.50
in the 500 free was good for a second alternate finish (14th place). Ashley
Jernigan came in 26th in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.71), and the 400 free
relay of Brittany Jernigan, Maureen Schriver, Kim Kline, and Becky Naudasher
placed 17th. Their time was 3:42.36.
Top 12 BOYS results
Top 12 GIRLS results
Top North Penn performance ratings according to the
FINA Points Short Course Tables for the 1999-2000 season
The North Penn performance ratings
are based on the best times of this season up to the top three swimmers
in each event. FINA or FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE NATATION AMATEUR,
is the official world-wide swimming sports organization. Click here to see how NP swimmers do on this international rating system.
Power Points (needs to be updated)
The 1999-2000 top 12 NP performances
were recently rated based on the power points table as established by the
National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America. Click
here to see the results or to view the entire table.
Check out our news page from previous
1997-98 | '98
summer & water polo
| '99 summer &
1999-00 | '00 summer & water
USA Swimming released the national top 16 lists for the
1999-2000 season. Among the 17-18 year-old swimmers Dominick Szabo
is ranked 1st in the 100 breast, 3rd in the 200 breast, and 6th in the 200
IM. (See how he is doing in college in the alumni
news section). The other Pennsylvania swimmer making that list was Fran
Crippen of GA, who is ranked 1st in the 500 and 1000 yard freestyle.
Where Did Pennsylvania Swimmers Go?
Dan Daly, Wyomissing
Brent McAuliffe, Claysville
Kyle Salyards, Lancester
INDIANA U. OF PA
Shawna Sechrust, Saltsburg
Christine Bare, Camp HIll
Jonathan Rhoades, Coatsville
Carol Crouthamel, Southampton
Casey Coble, Akron
Justin Donato, Coatesville
Jess Perruquet, Danville
Marie Labosky, Churchville
Jon Muscatello, Butler
Corrie Clark, Malvern
Krystle Eberwine, U. Dublin
Kristen Woodring, Lansester
William Bower, Saltsburg
Barry Chan, Mt. Joy
Travis Douglas, York
Derek Minner, Allison Park
Eric Drummond, Bethel Park
Ryan Redman, Pittsburgh
Jamie Van Kooten, Sewickley
Emily Kaszycki, Grrensburg
Adam Webber, Lebanon
Chris Johnston, Parkland
Eric Cohen, Philadelphia
Erin Haman, Philadelphia
Megan Huhn, Langhorne
Dave Hoover, Lebanon
Melissa Morrissy, Horsham
Mike Dasciano, Landenberg
Nate Illnicki, Pittsburgh
Jamie Regan, Mechanicsburg
Brendan Hansen, Havertown
Travis Watson, Pittsburgh
BOYS / GIRLS
BOYS / GIRLS
Here is a quiz for you
from Tom Bohner:
What does Rick Carroll,
Ben Franklin, and Tarzan (Johnny Weismuller)
have in common?
The Answer is:
They are all in the Pennsylvania Swimmers Hall of Fame (Check it out at
Penn State during the PIAA State Championship)
Top 10 Pennsylvania
high school times
We created a boys and girls PA
AAA rankings in cooperation with the Pennsylvania High School Swim Coaches'
will be continuously updated as new information becomes available. Boys/Girls
Best high school times from Ohio
Traditionally, Ohio swimming is
one of the best in the country. The following is a list of the top public
and private high school performances (some times may be tapered) swum in
Ohio as of December 23.
200 Med. Relay
Shaker Heights 1:39.13
Ketchum, Sycamore 1:40.42
Mimmier, St. Ign. 1:42.71
Bartel, Avon Lake 1:52.96
Ketchum, Sucamore 1:56.28
Gangloff, Firestone 1:56.45
Singleton, Shawnee, 21.51
Jones, Berea, 285.45
Klinert, St. Ign. 238.21
Gangloff, Firestone, 51.35
Bartel, Avon Lake, 51.47
Mimmier, St. Ign. 46.45
Gangloff, Firestone, 47.16
Torpey, Hawken, 4:36.52
Kirk, Hawken, 4:36.82
200 Free Relay
St. Ignatius, 1:30.38
Jones, Firestone, 52.31
Gangloff, Firestone, 52.97
Zucca, Hudson, 59.27
Jimmison, Shaker H. 1:00.29
400 Free Relay
St. Ignatius 3:15.75
Justin Kratz's cousin, Carol
Crouthamel is a senior at Archbishop Wood. She is coached by Charlie
Stillwell who was a team mate of NP coach Bill Bartle in college. Carol
recently signed to attend the Univ. of Minnesota. - PIAA 200 and 500 free
State Champion and national qualifier Lori Eberwine signed with the
University of Michigan. Her sister, Krystal Eberwine, who finished
second in both events behind Lori, decided to go to Penn State. - Brendan
Hansen, the nation's top breaststroker recruit and (senior) national
champion in the 200 breaststroke signed with the University of Texas.
On the move
John Pontz, the long time coach
of 200 IM PIAA State Champion Kyle Salyards, is now in a new place
again. Earlier this year he accepted a club coaching position in Florida,
but recently he moved on to Arizona. Salyards, who postponed his studies
at the University of Georgia in order to prepare for the 2000 Olympic Trials,
followed him to both places.
Top 12 seeds and final results at the 1999 PA State