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Updated: November 24, 1999

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 O T H E R

NP Girls finish 2nd, Boys 4th at the Pennsylvania Water Polo State Championships
Ashley and Brittany Jernigan and Derek Meyerson win All-State First Team honors
It was a wonderful, very exciting weekend in Pottsville. This year's tournament was perhaps the most balanced out in recent years. Both the NP boys and girls played very well. The girls lost their championship game to Wyoming Valley West, the season's surprise team, who featured two of the top players (Ms. Waterpolo and Best Freshman) in Pennsylvania. With a little more luck the boys could have clintched the third place. The boys were winning 7-6 in overtime (also against WVW), when Matt Gibson was being killed under water in the middle of the pool. Everybody was waiting for the referee's vistle, but it didn't come. Then suddenly an extremely well placed, perhaps lucky, long shot ended up in Jason Grubb's net and the two-pointer gave the match and the third place to the Spartans. After a failed risk-taking last ditch attempt at scoring, WVW scored another goal just seconds before the game ended.

At the evening ceremony many North Penn players received All-State honors. They were: Katie Plewinski (Third Team), Jen Morelli, Kim Kline (Second Team), Ashley Jernigan and Brittany Jernigan (First Team) of the girls, and Jon Faikish, Dominick Szabo (Honorable Mention), Matt Gibson (Third Team), Jason Grubb (Second Team), and Derek Meyerson (First Team) of the boys.

Go to the "Meet results" link on the front page for the NP team results.

Water Polo State Championships
The championships will take place in Pottsville on November 5 and 6. Seedings (top 6) for the boys and girls are as follows:

Boys:1 Wilson 2. Cathedral Prep 3. Wyoming Valley West 4. North Penn 5. McDowell 6. Governor Mifflin

Girls: 1. Wyoming Valley West 2. Wilson 3. North Penn 4. Cumberland Valley 5. McDowell 6. Souderton

The first North Penn games will be on Friday. The girls will play against the winner of the Souderton - Wissahickon match at 7 pm, while the boys will face either McDowell or Cumberland Valley at 7:45 pm. If the boys win, they will face Wilson at 8:50 in the morning. In case of winning their Friday game, the girls will also play against Wilson. That game is scheduled to start at 10:30 am.

For directions to Pottsville click on the blue arrow button on the left.

Here is a snapshot from one of the North Penn girls' recent games. On the left, in white cap is Katie Plewinski. On the top is Brittany Jernigan.

Your web master was traveling abroad
Sorry for the news hasn't been updated for a few weeks, but Joe Szabo was traveling in Europe, then unfortunately became sick. He will be catching up soon with both this web site and the 1999 swim team yearbook. Until then many thanks for your patience.

We passed the 10,000 mark!
Since it was started exactly two years ago, the North Penn High School Swim Team's web site received 10,.158 hits as of Sunday (Sept. 26) morning. Our number of visitors are rapidly growing, and besides our swimming, diving, and water polo team members, friends, the local media and our community, they include alumni, college coaches, competing PA high schools, as well as national programs, tabulators, and even international information hunters.

Check out the water polo schedule. There are some time changes and new information.

Boys and Girls stats/results updated
As of September 25, all boys and girls stats and game results, including both varsity and junior varsity, are updated. Boys scores and stats. Girls scores and stats.

Boys 5th at the Beast of the East Tournament
The boys lost their first two games against the Pennsylvania (Wilson, 10-16)) and the Ohio (Saint Francis, 8-12) state champion teams, then beat Greenwich, CT (13-9) for the 5th place. Click here for the current standing of players' stats.

Boys and Girls beat Souderton
Boys scores and stats. Girls scores and stats.

NP's Varsity Boys and Girls beat Wissahickon
The first round of games brought three wins and one loss against the Wissahickon water polo teams. To see the results go to the front page and click on the links or click here to see the boys scores and stats and the girls scores and stats.

If you have already printed out the water pole schedule, please do it again because we received two date changes (for the Upper Perkiomen and Governor Mifflin games). Here is the corrected schedule.

Water polo schedule
The first games will be against Wissahickon on Wednesday, September 8. We will have two Junior Varsity games at 3:45 and 4:30 pm followed by the Girls (5:30) and the Varsity Boys (6:30) at the Wissahickon High School. Check out the entire season's schedule on the front page or click here.

NP boys 4th in the Nation in the Public High School Dual Meet Team Rankings
The North Penn boys swim team scored 62 points higher than a year ago and finished fourth in the U.S. behind Woodlands (Texas), Pioneer (Michigan), and Mission Viejo (California). The boys missed the third place only by two points. In the open category that also includes private schools the boys finished a very respectable 8th in the nation. The North Penn swim team finished 19th in the overall category that included girls scores as well. In this category only the higher (boys' or girls') score is picked. Click here to see the top 10 public high school ranking.

North Penn boys receive All-American honors in 8 out of 11 swimming events
The 1998-99 season was extremely successful for the North Penn boys. They received seven All-American and 2 All-American Honorable Mention certificates. (1-40=All-American; 41-60=Honorable Mention). Here is a breakdown of their public high school rankings in the nation:

Dominick Szabo Jeremy Bergman
9.   100 Breaststroke 56.67  48.   100 Freestyle 46.51 
3.   400 Free Relay 3:06.86  26.   200 Freestyle 1:41.41 
8.   200 Medley Relay 1:34.50  3.   400 Free Relay 3:06.86 
33.   200 IM 1:52.94  21.   200 Free Relay 1:26.29 
Steve Fleming Chris Craig
13.   100 Backstroke 51.28  60.   200 Freestyle 1:42.64 
3.   400 Free Relay 3:06.86  3.   400 Free Relay 3:06.86 
8.   200 Medley Relay 1:34.50  8.   200 Medley Relay 1:34.50 
Stephen Pasquale Ricky Schillow
8.   200 Medley Relay 1:34.50  21.   200 Free Relay 1:26.29 
Tim Kronstain Matt Gibson
21.   200 Free Relay 1:26.29  21.   200 Free Relay 1:26.29 

Freshmen do well at zone meet
Two freshmen coming into the 1999-2000 season performed very well at the Eastern Zone meet in Pittsburgh. Nick Fanslau and Brett Kratz participated in four events each and were part of th record breaking 200 free relay. The following is a list of their placements, events, and times.

Nick Fanslau Brett Kratz
3.   100 Breasttroke 1:12.35  3.   50 Freestyle 25.82 
6.   50 Freestyle 26.14  15.   100 Freestyle 59.16 
8.   100 Freestyle 58.21  21.   100 Breaststroke 1:18.67 
17.   100 Butterfly 1:06.62  26.   200 IM 2:35.40 

Jeremy Bergman is Water Polo All-American
Jeremy Bergman
received 4th team All-American honor from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. He is only the fourth North Penn player who was selected into a national team. The other players were Dave McKelvy, Steve Johnston (2nd team), and Jeff Faikish (5th team). There were a number of Wilson and Governor Mifflin players in the various national teams. To see the whole list click here.

Considering colleges
Some seniors of the North Penn boys swim team started to talk to a number of prospective colleges. Steve Fleming, among others, is visiting Princeton, Duke, Johns Hopkins, and North Carolina State, while Dominick Szabo's search is still more at an exploratory stage. Although a number of universities expressed interest in him, among them Auburn, Michigan State, Nevada, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, and Purdue, he has not yet visited any of them and is still considering others.

Despite health problems, Dominick Szabo swims a lifetime best and makes two Junior National times at the Phillips 66 National Championships
North Penn's Dominick Szabo finished 61st out of 70 swimmers in the 100 breaststroke at the 1999 summer nationals in Minneapolis. His time of 1:07.71 was nearly 2 seconds off of his personal best of 1:05.80, which he swam at the spring nationals in Long Island. Before, during, and even after the Minnesota competition, he was struggling with digestive problems. According to United States Swimming this national championship broke every previous attendance record and the 100 breaststroke was the deepest among all events. However, there were two Pennsylvania finalists in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. PIAA champion Brendan Hansen won his first National Championship in the 200, while Kyle Salyards finished 8th, a disappointment after his spring runner-up performance. In the 100 meter final Hansen came in 3rd, Salyards 6th. About two hours after his prelim swim Szabo did a time trial in the 100 breast and bettered his morning time by almost seven tenth of a second (1:07.03). He also did a time trial in the 200 meter individual medley where he finished with a lifetime best of 2:13.35. To see all preliminary and final results go to U.S. Swimming.

Phillips 66 National Championships
The last major swimming competition of the summer season is coming up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in just a couple of days. On August 7th, Dominick Szabo along with coach Bill Bartle, will be heading Northwest to compete in the 1999 Phillips 66 National Championships. He will be swimming the 100 breaststroke on Monday. Go to U.S. Swimming for the championship results.

Junior Nationals - day 4
Steve Fleming places 6th in the 100 backstroke
The morning preliminaries brought good news for the small North Penn team. Steve Fleming swam a lifetime best in the 100 meter backstroke and made the finals. His time of 1:00.01 was just 1.12 second off the (senior) national qualifying standard. Chris Craig finished 40th in the 400 meter freestyle with a 4:19.39. In the finals, Fleming kept his sixth seed clocking 1:00.16, his second best ever. In the 800 freestyle relay, the last event the NP boys participated in, the foursome of Craig, Fleming, Gibson, and Bergman finished 21st with a time of 8:17.21. To see all results, click here.

Junior Nationals - day 3
Jeremy Bergman makes bonus consols, and the 400 free relay places 12th
Jeremy Bergman
(who is shown here with his PIAA gold medal) swam 1:58..94, a lifetime best, in the preliminaries of the 200 meter freestyle and made the bonus concols then finished 24th in the evening with a 2:00.12. Chris Craig ended up 38th with a 2:00.70 morning swim. The 400 free relay of Chris Craig, Steve Fleming, Matt Gibson, and Jeremy Bergman clocked 3:40.96 for 12th place.

Junior Nationals - day 2
Steve Fleming finishes 4th in the 200 backstroke
On the second day of the 1999 Northeast Speedo Junior Championships Steve Fleming took 4.69 seconds off his 200 meter backstroke time that he swam just this past Sunday in Lancester at the MIDS Championships, and came in 4th overall. His time is only 1.16 second off the national qualifying standard. In the 100 meter freestyle Jeremy Bergman's time of 54.84 placed him 25th, just missing the bonus consols.

Junior Nationals
Four members of the North Penn boys team traveled to Bloomington, Indiana, to participate in the 1999 Speedo Junior Championships. They will be competing in the Northeast division. The two other locations are in Bakersfield, CA (West), and Orlando, FL (Southeast). A total of about 4,000 swimmers will be competing in the championships. Jeremy Bergman will swim in the 100 and 200 freestyle, Steve Fleming in the 100 and 200 backstrokes, and Chris Craig in the 500 freestyle. They will team up with Matt Gibson to swim the 400 free relay.

Middle Atlantic Long Course Swimming Championships
North Penn's Nicole Seward as well as eight boys were in Lancester at the MIDS championships between July 23-25. After the preliminaries Nicole was first alternate in the 400 freestyle. Many of the boys (Jeremy Bergman, Chris Craig, Steve Fleming, and Matt Gibson) had their last chance to gauge their form before Junior Nationals. Steve Pasquale swam with a broken and hurting elbow. On Friday, a phone call from his doctor referring to a recent test, determined, that Dominick Szabo, who is currently preparing for the 1999 Summer Nationals in Minnesota, and is scheduled to swim on August 8 and 9, is still (or again) suffering from a "high level" of Mononucleosis.

The following is a listing of the NP swimmers' performances.

400 M IM 200 M Individual Medley
8.   Dominick Szabo 4:59.55  9.   Dominick Szabo 2:19.05 
100 M Breaststroke 14.   Chris Craig 2:21.36 
3.   Dominick Szabo 1:09.35   Steve Fleming* 2:17.90 


 Steve Fleming


50 M Freestyle
200 M Freestyle 18.   Jeremy Bergman 25.66 
11.   Chris Craig 2:02.04  -.   Chris Craig 26.03 
22.   Jeremy Bergman 2:05.55  -.   Matt Gibson 26.21 
 Steve Fleming* 2:03.99  -.   Stephen Pasquale 26.47 
 Justin Fanslau 2:10.37  -.   Justin Fanslau 26.88 
 Dominick Szabo 2:15.19  200 M Breaststroke
100 M Butterfly 4.   Dominick Szabo 2:34.63 
 Steve Fleming* 2:02.71  100 M Backstroke
 Jon Faikish 2:04.04  4.   Steve Fleming 1:00.91 
 Chris Craig 2:04.07  -.   Matt Gibson 1:08.23 
 Doug Heller 2:04.30  -.   Steohen Pasquale 1:08.28 
 Justin Fanslau 2:05.17  400 M Freestyle
 Jeremy Bergman 2:06.16  20.   Chris Craig 4:28.02 
890 M Freestyle Relay 400 M Medley Relay
3 .  Cra/Fle/Sza/Ber 8:21.59  2.   Fle/Sza/Fai/Ber -  
100 M Butterfly 200 M Backstroke
6.   Chris Craig 1:03.60  2.   Steve Fleming 2:12.74  
15.   Jon Faikish 1:07.05     
16.   Pat Thompson 1:07.71     

*Qualified for finals but scratched

North Penn boys win eight All-America honors
The 400 yard freestyle relay is third in the U.S.
Dominick Szabo
won four All-America honors in the 1999 rankings determined by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association. Chris Craig, Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, and Jeremy Bergman's state championship time of 3:06.86 in the 400 yard freestyle relay earned them third place. The medley relay of Fleming, Szabo, Craig, and Stephen Pasquale placed 8th in the nation, while Dominick Szabo won the highest individual ranking with a 9th place in the 100 breaststroke. The other All-Americans are Steve Fleming (13th in the 100 back), Jeremy Bergman (26th in the 200 free), and Szabo (33rd in the 200 IM). Bergman and Craig won Honorable Mentions in the 100 (48th) and 200 free (60th) respectively. For the complete list go to

Seniors' choices
The seniors have decided where they wish to continue their education and swimming career. Stephen Pasquale is going to be attending Franklin & Marshall College in Lancester, PA. He will be double majoring in chemistry and geology. He also plans to swim there. Tim Kronstain will be attending Shippensburg University with a major in accounting. He will be swimming for the Red Raiders. Steve Phillabaum is going to the United States Naval Academy next year. He was recruited for water polo by coach Mike Schofield. Steve is going to major in political science. His brother, Devin Phillabaum, will also attend the Naval Academy. Jeremy Bergman will attend James Madison in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He will major in biology. Jeremy received a 70% scholarship and will be swimming under coach Brooks Teal. Chris Craig will continue his education at William & Mary and will be swimming in the same conference with Jeremy.

Dominick Szabo wins a silver, gets five 4th, and an 8th place at the Bratislava International Grand Prix
Rresults started to come in from Slovakia from the Bratislava International Grand Prix. On Friday, the first day of the three-day (long course meter) competition, Dominick Szabo competed in the 400 meter individual medley and the 200 meter breaststroke. He made finals in both events coming in 8th in the 400 IM (4:59) and 2nd in the 200 breast (2:29). The details are sketchy at this point, but we know that Brendan Hansen won the 200 breaststroke with a 2:26. On Saturday both swimmers competed in the 100 breaststroke. A German swimmer won the event with a 1:03, while Hansen came in 2nd with a 1:05. Both swimmers rank in the top 25 in the world. Dominick, who was seeded 3rd after the morning preliminaries, finished 4th with a 1:08.31. His medley relay placed 4th as well. The last day of the competition brought three more 4th place finishes for Dominick in the 50 meter breast (30.90), 200 IM (2:18.50), and the 400 free relay. Brendan Hansen came in second in the 50 breast. As soon as they become available, we will post the detailed results of the competition.

Overseas competition
North Penn's Dominick Szabo left for Slovakia, where he will be competing at an international swimming grand prix as part of a U.S. team made up of Mid-Atlantic junior and senior national qualifiers. Among his team mates are some very familiar faces from the PIAA State Championships: Brendan Hansen, Michael Grube, Justin Donato, Chris Johnson, and David Giger. 27 countries will be represented at the meet.

NP swimmers at the 9th Annual Spring Fling Long Course Meet, May 21-23, 1999
The season's first USS meet was held in the New Jersey based 50 meter pool of Gloucester County Institute of Technology. Seven NP swimmers, Jeremy Bergman, Chris Craig, Jon Faikish, Steve Fleming, Andy Gaibiselis, Matt Gibson, and Dominick Szabo participated in the competition hosted by the Jersey Wahoos Swim Club. Szabo's winning times in the 100 and 200 meter breaststrokes were also new meet records. In the 100 meter distance he broke PDR and National Team member Michael Norment's meet record of 1:10.12, while in the 200, he rewrote Jersey Wahoos swimmer J. Chiaccio's time of 2:34.29. Steven Fleming lost a very close race in the 100 meter backstroke against the meet's outstanding performer Dave Hartzel. Hartzel broke four meet records during the three-day competition. The NP results are as follows:

200 M Freestyle 200 M Individual Medley
5.   Chris Craig 2:05.69  3.   Dominick Szabo 2:18.91 
9.   Steve Fleming 2:06.79  4.   Steve Fleming 2:19.09 
21.   Jeremy Bergman 2:11.64  20.   Jeremy Bergman 2:29.67 
30.   Matt Gibson 2:15.86  29.   Pat Thompson 2:35.46 
33 .  Jon Faikish 2:18.85  34 .  Jon Faikish 2:41.24 
38.   Andy Gaibiselis 2:23.44  36.   Andy Gaibiselis 2:46.84 
200 M Backstroke 100 M Freestyle
2.   Steve Fleming 2:16.45  3.   Jeremy Bergman 56.86 
200 M Breaststroke 5.   Chris Craig 57.21 
1.   Dominick Szabo *2:32.29  6.   Dominick Szabo 57.31 
200 M Butterfly 12.   Steve Fleming 58.11 
16 .  Pat Thompson 2:45.09  17 .  Matt Gibson 58.97 
18.   Jon Faikish 2:55.77  27.   Jon Faikish 1:00.71 
400 M Freestyle 50 M Freestyle
7 .  Chris Craig 4:29.61  6.   Steve Fleming 26.29 
100 M Butterfly 7.   Chris Craig 26.34 
6.   Chris Craig 1:03.60  14.   Jon Faikish 26.89 
15.   Jon Faikish 1:07.05  100 M Breaststroke
16.   Pat Thompson 1:07.71  1.   Dominick Szabo *1:09.35 
100 M Backstroke 11.   Chris Craig ?
2 .  Steve Fleming 1:01.17  400 M Individual Medley
      7.   Dominick Szabo 5:10.35 

A ranking of NP relays since the early 70s
For the first time, we put together a ranking of the North Penn boys' best relays representing every season. The current relays are placed respectably high having at least one team in each event in the top three. Click on these links to view the lists.
200 Medley Relay | 200 Free Relay | 400 Free Relay

As the youngest participant, Dominick Szabo swims lifetime best and makes the bonus consols in the 100 meter breaststroke at the National Championships in Long Island, New York
Dominick Szabo had some leftover energy from districts, states, and junior nationals, and lowered his best time in the 100 meter breaststroke by a second and a half. He has been struggling with mononucleosis for about seven weeks. His time of 1:05.80 is 1.11 second away from the Olympic trials qualifying standard. In his first national appearance, Dominick made it to the bonus consols and finished 23rd out of 51 swimmers. He was the youngest participant in the event and the only 16 year old in the evening finals of the 100 breaststroke.

Jeremy Bergman is Outstanding Swimmer of the 1998-99 season; Stephen Pasquale and Devin Phillabaum are Academic All-Americans
North Penn's swimming and diving special awards were given out on March 25. Click here for a list of the winners and a description of the awards, as well as NP's All-Americans.

Updated tables:

North Penn boys win third state title in a row!
Jeremy Bergman, Steve Fleming, and the 400 free relay are gold medalists, and the 200 medley relay breaks the state record
The NP boys beat arch rival Wilson 178 - 111 for the PIAA Swimming and Diving Team Championships. It started with a surprise performance by first-time state qualifier Ryan Hollenbach clinching 12th place in the diving competition. The next day, in the first swimming event, the 200 medley relay (Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, Chris Craig, Stephen Pasquale) broke the state record with a 1:35.02. That record was broken three more times before the day ended. First by Wilson, then Hempfield, and Hempfield again. The NP team finished 2nd with a new team record that was also within the latest state record. Next, Jeremy Bergman had an outstanding performance in the 200 freestyle, which he won in a team record time. Chris Craig finished 4th in the same event. In the 200 IM , both Fleming and Szabo swam their lifetime best. Szabo finished 3rd, and Fleming 8th in the event. The next day brought more great performances by the NP boys team. There were three 3rd place finishes by Bergman (100 free), Craig (500 free), and Szabo (100 breast), and two state championships by Steve Fleming and the 400 free relay team of Craig, Fleming, Szabo, and Bergman. Pasquale came in 16th in the 50 freestyle, 17th in the 100 back, Chris Houchins 17th in the 500 freestyle, and Ricky Schillow finished 22nd in the 100 backstroke.

Records broken
200 medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Craig, Pasquale), 1:35.02
200 medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Craig, Pasquale), 1:35.02 and 1:34.50
200 freestyle, Bergman, 1:41.41
200 individual medley, Szabo, 1:52.94
100 backstroke, Fleming, 51.47 and 51.28
100 breaststroke, Szabo, 56.84 and 56.67
200 freestyle, Bergman, 1:41.41
100 backstroke, Fleming, 51.47 and 51.28
100 breaststroke, Szabo, 56.84 and 56.67
50 breaststroke, Szabo, 25.54 and 25.53

Newly completed and/or updated tables from the history of the North Penn Boys Swim Team
North Penn boys pool records from the 1970s | 1980s | 1990s.
North Penn boys team records from the 1970s | 1980s | 1990s.
North Penn boys league champions since 1972.
North Penn boys state performances since 1972.

Matt Walsh, an admirable true leader by example, was a friend and inspiration to many within and beyond his team
After more than a decade-long couragous battle with cancer, North Penn's Matt Walsh died on February 4, 1999. He was 19 years old. Matt lost one of his legs to cancer at age six, but he pressed on and became an accomplished swimmer, skier, and golfer. Few people knew just how good he was. He ranked third in the backstroke at the United States 1996 Paralympic trials, and he was practicing hard to make the 2000 team. His teammates admired his strength and were inspired by his uncompromising will and spirit searching the limits of what's humanly possible. He will live on in our memories and will continue to be an inspiration within and beyond his beloved North Penn swim team.



Top 12 seeds and final results at the 1999 PA State Championship