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Updated: April 21, 1999


Top 200 medley relay teams in the history of
North Penn High School swimming
The following teams represent the best performance of each season
 1.  Fleming, D. Szabo, C. Craig, Pasquale  1999  1:34.50
 2.  K. Faikish, J. Raeburn, Williams, Serang  1992  1:35.18
 3.  Fleming, D. Szabo, C. Craig, McPeak  1998  1:36.14
 4.  Johnston, S. Szabo, K. Rader, Umlauf  1997  1:36.77
 5.  K. Faikish, J. Raeburn, Williams, Serang  1991  1:36.88
 6.  D. Walsh, T. Raeburn, Jo. Gilbert, Serang  1993  1:37.50
 7.  D. Walsh, A. Szabo, Jo. Gilbert, Serang  1994  1:37.97
 8.  J. Craig, S. Szabo, Kight, Umlauf  1996  1:38.15
 9.  J. Craig, A. Szabo, Elko, Johnston  1995  1:38.51
 10.  Fricke, Dabrowski, C. Kroberger, Dowiak  1986  1:39.01
 11.  Grill, Ralphs, C. Kroberger, B. Griswold  1987  1:39.26
 12.  Linde, Bones, Camburn, Murray  1983  1:39.34
 13.  Linde, Bones, Lenett, Murray  1982  1:39.37
 14.  Shea, O'Neill, Camburn, Wilson  1981  1:39.44
 15.  Williams, J. Raeburn, K. Kroberger, Wilkins  1990  1:39.89
 16.  Reinert, Hanisco, Mahan, Hemingway  1977  1:40.01
 17.  Grill, Arkens, C. Kroberger, Lewis  1985  1:41.06
 18.  Shea, Rife, Nagle, A. Feher  1979  1:41.28
 19.  Shea, Mower, Mahan, Bartle  1978  1:41.32
 19.  Williams, J. Raeburn, K. Kroberger, Lampitoc  1989  1:41.32
 21.  Tocco, Moser, Jo. Geddes, Hudy  1974  1:42.04
 22.  Shea, O'Neill, Duch, Keffer  1980  1:42.70
 22.  Lampitoc, Loh, D. Dunigan, D. Griswold  1988  1:42.70
 24.  J. Feher, Ralphs, C. Kroberger, Toy  1984  1:43.03
 25.  F. Fallon, Handerhan, Breuer, Jo. Geddes  1972  1:44.60
 26.  Ball, Ernst, Hudy, Rothenberger  1975  1:44.73


K N I G H T S & M A I D E N S

 O T H E R

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.

Boys' state peformances
Our state archives were recently updated. To view the names of all state qualifiers in NP's history as well as their preliminary and final performances, click here. If anyone would like to volunteer to research the girls' state accomplishments, please contact Joe Szabo.

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.

Dominick Szabo 3rd at the Speedo Junior National Championships (Northeast), 5th overall in the U.S., and qualifies for senior nationals
The only NP swimmer attending the junior championships, Dominick Szabo, traveled to Buffalo, NY, to try one more time to make the senior national cut in the 100 yard breaststroke. Seeded 34th, he swam virtually alone, but very well, in the first heat of the preliminaries. His time of 56.70 was not broken until the last heat when Patrick Calhoun of Seymour, Indiana, beat it with a new championship record of 55.69. In the evening finals Dominick was leading the race all the way to the end, where he was touched out by Calhoun and Michigan swimmer James Kanak. His time of 56.45 was a senior national qualifying time.

The following is the top six aggregate results of the 100 breaststroke involving all three (West, Southeast, Northeast) junior national championships:

1. Patrick Calhoun (17) Seymour, IN (55.69*) 56.19
2. James Kanak (18) Poseidon, MI, 56.23
3. Cheyne Bloch (17) Hawaii SC, Hawaii, 56.24
4. Allen Ong (19) Mission Viejo, CA, 56.44
5. Dominick Szabo (16) North Penn, PA, 56.45
6. Justin Betts (18) Curl-Burke, MD, 57.06

Pennsylvanians in the top 20
Pennsylvanians are well represented in the latest boys national high school rankings released on March 15 by national tabulator Bob Klapthor. Brendan Hansen is first, Kyle Salyards is third in the 100 breaststroke, Mike Grube is first, Chris Dwyer is sixth in the 50 free. Chris Grabowski ranks 13th in the 500 freestyle, while Casey Coble is at 14th place in the 200 IM. North Penn's Steve Fleming was bumped off the list this past weekend. Dominick Szabo is 10th in the 100 breaststroke. Click for the latest ranking (the 100 back and 100 breaststrokes are being updated).

Dominick Szabo is .08, Steve Fleming is .59 second away from the senior national qualifying time
Some noteables from the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships:

  • Chris Craig missed the 3rd by .01 and the 2nd place by .05 sec. in the 200 free
  • He swam the second fastest time in the 500 free in NP's history
  • Did lifetime best (47.44) leading off the 400 yard freestyle relay
  • Stephen Pasquale made lifetime best split in the 50 free (21.52)
  • Stephen Fleming lowered his best in the 200 IM by almost two seconds
  • He got .59 second close to the senior national qualifying time in the 100 back
  • Dominick Szabo swam a lifetime best split (46.62) in the 400 free relay
  • He missed the 100 breast senior national qualifying time only by .08 second

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

NP swimmers with the highest number of
top 12 (scoring) state performances
A new table is showing those North Penn boys who have contributed the most to the team at the PIAA State Championships. Click for a review.

Record number of hits reach NP's web site
This past week the number of hits broke the 300 mark and did it handily. The NP web site received 385 visits, an all-time high almost doubling the average of 200 per week. As of March 7 , 10 am, the total hits reached 6,795. The busiest time of the day has been between 8 -11 pm. We received most of the hits on Sundays and Tuesdays., Thursday being third.

  • Some of the identifiable colleges where hits came from are: Princeton, Rowan, Richmond, Harvard, Virginia Tech, Drexel, Penn State, Michigan, Syracuse, Swarthmore, St. Joseph, Christian Brothers, Kutztown, Tennessee, Yale, Auburn, and George Mason Universities.
  • We received hits from various Pennsylvania high school areas, such as Wilson, Erie McDowell, Governor Mifflin, Ephrata, Pottsville, Wyoming Valley West, Hempfield, Upper Dublin, Haverford, and Parkland.
  • Besides the United States, people have so far logged on from the following countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Japan, Israel, Italy, Hungary, Malaysia, Netherlands, Singapore, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

  • Top 30 lists updated
    There are many changes and some new entries in the top 30 lists. Also, due to many good district times, some fixtures, including Coach Bartle (50 freestyle), fell of the lists. But unbelieveably, even after more than two decades, Bill Bartle is still on six lists. He is 3rd in the 200 IM, 4th in the 100 free, 9th in the 500 free, 14th in the 200 free, 20th in the 100 back, and 25th in the 100 breaststroke. Among the new entries are Chris Houchins, Pat Thompson, and Matt Gibson as well as Kim Dingman, and Maggie Young. All lists, with the exception of diving, are up to date. Click to see all boys and girls rankings.

    Dominick Szabo broke two, Steve Fleming one class record at the district championships
    Dominick Szabo broke the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke class record and lowered the fastest 50 yard breaststroke split to 25.70. Steve Fleming also broke a class record in the 100 backstroke. The power point and FINA rankings were updated after the district championship.

    NP boys and girls exceed expectations;
    The boys' medley relay breaks district record
    The boys 200 medley relay of Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, Chris Craig, and Stephen Pasquale, broke the district record with a 1:35.98. The old record (1:36.14) was set last year. Both teams sent all three relays to states while individual qualifiers were Nicole Seward (200 IM and 500 free) Becki Naudasher and Ashley McNeill (50 free), Jeremy Bergman (100 and 200 free), Chris Craig (200 and 500 free), Steve Fleming (200 IM and 100 back), Stephen Pasquale (50 free and 100 back), Ricky Schillow (100 back), Chris Houchins (500 free), and Dominick Szabo (200 IM and 100 breast). Matt Gibson also qualified as a member of the 200 free relay team. Check out the boys and girls results.

    76 district championships; 19 district records...
    Top six NP boys district performances since 1972
    Visit a part of North Penn's history. Here is an example of what's there: A list of the winningest NP swimmers and their number of district titles:
    9 titles: Derek Williams (4 individual). Also set most (8) district records.
    8 titles: Jeff Faikish (3), Jason Craig (3), Jeremy Bergman (2)
    7 titles: Bill Bartle (4), John Raeburn (2), Eric Umlauf (0)
    6 titles: Pat Shea (3), A. Serang (2), M. Krystopa (1), S. Johnston (0), D. Szabo (2)
    5 titles: Dan Dunigan (3), Chris Craig (1), Steve Fleming (1)
    4 titles: Scott Walker (1), Doug Camburn (0)
    3 titles: Tony Bartle (2), Jerry Gilbert (1), Chris Kroberger (2),
    Click here for more details

    Ryan Hollenbach dives into states!
    Ryan Hollenbach
    and Greg Detweiler both had an outstanding day, made personal bests, and finished only 4.7 points apart at the District I. Class AAA diving championships. Hollenbach's score was 387.8 while Detweiler's 383.1. Unfortunately for Detweiler, he finished eighth and thus missed the state championship. Still, a very strong showing for the young diver.

    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.

    Top boys national times as of February 16, 1999
    Click here to see the top 20 national high school times including public, religious, and prep schools. If you are aware of missed times, please send us an e-mail and we will forward it to the tabulator.

    The North Penn boys win, the girls finish second at the Suburban I. League championships;
    The 200 medley relay, Dominick Szabo, and Jeremy Bergman break league championship records, Steve Fleming and the boys' 200 and 400 freestyle relays break Pennsbury pool records

    As usual, the North Penn boys dominated the boys league championships. The 200 medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Craig, Pasquale) missed the pool record by three one-hundredth of a second, but set a new league record. Jeremy Bergman made his season's best time in the 200 freestyle with a 1:46.03. Dominick Szabo broke Derek Williams' 200 IM record swimming his second best this season (1:57.69), while Steve Pasquale lost his bid for the 50 free championship only by one one-hundredth of a second (22.76). Then Bergman lowered his own league record in the 100 freestyle (48.31). The 200 free relay (Bergman, Kronstain, Schillow, Pasquale) erased the old league mark swimming 1:30.48. On course to another 52+ time in the 100 backstroke, Steve Fleming got caught in the laneline and came to a halt only two feet from the touchpad, but still broke the Pennsbury pool record with a 54.11. Two other record-breaking performances (one league and one pool) ended the championships. Dominick Szabo swam a 59.57 in the 100 breast, and the 400 free relay (Bergman, Craig, Szabo, Fleming) turned out their third best time in the season clocking 3:16.49. Click here to see the top six finishers in the boys competition. The girls result are not yet available.

    North Penn boys finish the season undefeated and reach 179 consecutive wins; Dominick Szabo sets a new league record; Steve Phillabaum and Steve Miller make district qualifying times
    During their last dual meet of the season, the North Penn boys easily edged C.B. East, and once again finished undefeated. Chris Craig made a final run for the 200 freestyle pool record, but missed it by 26 one-hundredth of a second. Steve Miller had a strong swim in the 200 IM and made districts clocking 2:12.66. Steve Phillabaum was precisely on target swimming a 1:07.00, the exact qualifying time, in the 100 breaststroke. Stephen Pasquale edged Steve Fleming (shown on this picture taken from the Febr. 11 Philadelphia Inquirer) in the 50 free by one one-hundredth of a second, and Dominick Szabo swam his season's best in the 100 breast with a 58.94. The time marked a league record. Pasquale and Pat Thompson also swam their season's best in the 100 back and the 100 fly respectively. Check out the boys' individual times and the list of 1999 district qualifiers (the girls' data is incomplete, but we hope to bring it up-to-date after the league championships). Results of the girls' meet will be posted as they become available.

    Three NP relays in the top 20 national rankings
    All three North Penn boys relay teams are in the top 20 in the latest national high school rankings released on February 9. The list includes public high schools as well as prep schools, many of whom have completed their season already. The NP medley relay team (Fleming, Szabo, Craig, Pasquale - 1:37.56) is 9th in the nation. The other public high school from Pennsylvania, Wilson, is ranked 14th with a 1:38.24. The 200 free relay (Bergman, Schillow, Pasquale, Craig - 1:28.81) is 20th, Wilson is 9th with 1:27.30; and the 400 free relay (Bergman, Szabo, Fleming, Craig - 3:12.53) is currently 10th, while Wilson is not in the top 20. There are two PA public high school swimmers listed in individual events: Chris Maurer (14th in the 50 free: 21.40, and 18th in the 100 free: 46.91) and Brendan Hansen (7th in the 100 breast: 57.52). For this ranking only high school performances were considered.

    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.

    An inspired Jeremy Bergman, the 200 medley and the 400 free relays set pool and league records
    Boys: North Penn-Pennridge 128-54
    Girls: North Penn-Pennridge 139-44

    On the left: Steve Miller swims the 200 IM
    The North Penn boys dedicated their swims to Matt Walsh, their long-time friend and accomplished teammate, who lost his battle to cancer just hours before the meet. The boys' extra energy, gained by the inspiration, lead them to set three new NP pool records. First the 200 medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Craig, Pasquale) replaced the old mark of 1:38.88 with an impressive 1:37.56. Then in the last event, Jeremy Bergman lead off the 400 free relay with a pool record time of 47.84, and by the time his teammates (Szabo, Fleming, and Craig) finished the race, another new record was set with a time of 3:12.53. This is also a junior national qualifying time. The old 100 free record (48.38) was held by Bergman and Smythe, while the 400 free relay record was owned by North Penn's legendary quartet of Matt Krystopa, Scott Walker, Derek Williams, and Dan Dunigan. On the girls' side Kara Ketterer (200 IM) and the 200 free relay (Umlauf, Naudasher, Rembolt, B. Jernigan) made district qualifying times. Click to see the individual boys and girls results and the district qualifiers.

    Knights beat Pennsbury 121-65
    The boys team was weakened by the flu, but Eric Bicocchi made districts in the 100 butterfly, and so did Chris Craig in the 100 breast, Pat Thompson in the 500 and Devin Phillabaum in the 200 freestyle against Pennsbury. Jeremy Bergman and Dominick Szabo had four wins each. Both made good times in their individual events (500 and 100 freestyle respectively), and Szabo had a personal best in the 50 free leading off the 200 free relay. Ryan Hollenbach had an impressive win in the diving competition. See the meet results for the lineup and personal times. The girls' times are not available yet.

    Knights and Maidens win over William Tennent;
    The boys set nine pool records

    Although both the William Tennent and North Penn boys team had an undefeated 8-0 record before they matched up against each other on Thursday, the meet produced little competition between the two. The Knights broke almost every pool record. The new marks were set in the following events: 200 medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Faikish, Pasquale - 1:40.31), 200 free (Craig), 200 IM (Szabo), 50 free (Pasquale), 100 free (Bergman), 500 free (Craig), 100 back (Fleming), and 100 breast (Szabo). Second place finisher Steve Fleming also swam within the the old 200 IM record. An hour later Jeremy Bergman broke Pasquale's fresh 50 free record when leading off the 200 free relay, and along with Schillow, Pasquale, and Craig, broke the pool record in the event in 1:28.81. In the end, with the inclusion of some 1998 marks, the North Penn boys owned all eleven pool records. The only remaining non-NP record on the board is in diving; an outstanding 300+ score. The final team score was 138-47. In light of their superior depth, Girls' coach Denise Geunes decided to give a chance to her younger swimmers to qualify for districts. The girls' winners were Brittany and Asley Jernigan, Maureen Schriver, and Becki Naudasher (200 medley relay), Laura DiLuigi (200 free), Brittany Jernigan (100 free), Gretchen Sisson (500 free), Naudasher (100 back), and A. Jernigan, Joanna Clayton, Rebecca Grant, and Maureen Schriver (400 free). The Maidens won 115-71. Click here to get the detailed boys results. The girls' times will be posted as they become available.

    Dominick Szabo is
    The Reporter Athlete of the week

    The January 28 issue of The Reporter features Dominick Szabo on the occasion of his 200 IM pool record at North Penn. The old record was held by former NP standout Derek Williams. In the story Coach Bartle is quoted as saying "Dominick realizes he has set some mighty high goals and he realizes what he has to do to accomplish them." The article also has several quotes by Szabo's friend and rival Steve Fleming. Both Szabo and Fleming say that the rivalry helped them to become better swimmers.

    A tribute to North Penn's Old-Timers
    There are new pictures in our archives from 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, and 1985. We will be adding more as time permits and more pictures become available. Also new are tables listing all North Penn team records from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. and a roster of all senior classes since 1972.

    Both the boys and girls won their dual meets against Abington. Many younger swimmers had a chance to prove their ability and they didn't miss out on the opportunity. Among the girls' noteable achievements are Rebecca Grant's 200 IM, Gretchen Sisson's 100 fly, Brittany Jernigan's 500 free, Kim Dingman's 100 breast, and Maureen Schriver's 100 free. In boys diving Greg Detwiler won with an excellent lifetime best score. The boys also had some good swims including Justin Fanslau's 100, Steve Pasquale's 200, and Dominick Szabo's 500 freestyle, as well as Steve Phillabaum's 100 breaststroke. The boys reached a new milestone by winning the 175th consecutive time since they suffered their last loss in 1987 against Emmaus. To find the team and individual scores on the front page use the "back" button or hit the "results" button on the left.

    North Penn boys keep winning streak alive against Emmaus in 116-70 win; girls lose 110.5-75.5
    Dominick Szabo sets pool record in the 200 IM
    Dominick Szabo
    broke Derek Williams' 1992 individual medley pool and dual meet records of 1:58.28. The new record is 1:57.10. He also made a junior national cut and a dual meet record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 59.32. (The picture accompanying this article was taken by Geoff Patton of The Reporter). Chris Craig missed Jeff Faikish's 200 freestyle pool record (1:45.91) only by five one hundredth of a second. In the girls' competition Nicole Seward made the Maidens' first state qualifying time in the 200 IM (2:13.14). There were also several district qualifying times in both boys and girls action. Click for detailed boys and girls meet results. Several tables were updated right after the Emmaus meet. They are: the NP district qualifiers; top 30 NP boys and girls rankings, NP swimmers in light of the men and women FINA short course point performance ratings, boys' pool records, and boys' meet records, and the boys' power points standing.

    The Reporter Athlete of the Week: Ashley McNeill
    The Reporter's "Athlete of the Week" on January 14, 1999 was North Penn sophomore Ashley McNeill. In the article her coach Denise Geunes is quoted as saying that Ashley "has a new dedication to swimming this year."

    High school swimming records and rankings from around the country
    Here is a compilation of boys and girls high school record boards and rankings from the Atlantic to the Pacific. We continuously expand these links (the latest additions are Germantown Academy and The Bolles School). This information will be also accessible through our main record board.

    NP boys set two pool records against Council Rock;
    the girls suffer their first loss in the season
    The boys easily passed Council Rock (130-56) and along the way set two new pool records. First Steve Fleming lowered Jason Craig's 54.54 backstroke time to 53.32, then Dominick Szabo bettered ex-Council Rock breaststroke star Mike Riordan's record of 1:01.65 to a 1:00.26. Both Chris Craig and Szabo were involved in four winning performances. Click here to see all North Penn boys times. The girls won only two events and lost the meet 99-87. The North Penn winners were Ashley Jernigan (100 breast) and the 200 freestyle relay of McNeill, B. Jernigan, Good, and Naudasher. The girls' detailed results will be posted as soon as they become available.

    Boys: 1. North Penn 297; 2. Wilson 296; 3. Gov. Mifflin 192
    Girls: 1. North Penn 265; 2. Wilson 263; 3. Muhlenberg 209
    It all came down to the last event. The boys were tied with Wilson, the girls were leading by one point. If Wilson comes in ahead of North Penn, wins both the boys and girls meet. If they lose, North Penn takes both titles. Upper Dublin won, NP came in second, and with Wilson third, the Knights and Maidens triumphed. The boys a record 10th straight time! Here are the names of the heroes (mixed relay) on whose performance the final outcome of the championship depended: McNeill, Gibson, DiLuigi, Faikish, Umlauf, Schillow, Plewinski, and Kronstain.

    The meet, that was delayed because of a power outage, didn't start for the Knights as they hoped. The medley relay's pool record time (Fleming/Szabo/Craig/Pasquale: 1:38.79) wasn't enough for the win. Later the boys broke two meet records (4X100 IM - Craig/Kronstain/Fleming/Szabo, and 4X50 back - Fleming/Gibson/Schillow/ Pasquale) and established the mark in a new event (4X200 free relay - Bergman/Houchins/Fanslau/Craig).

    Perhaps the most exciting race was in the 4X100 IM which NP won breaking Wilson's 1993 record by almost five seconds. Before the last lap it appeared that the race was over. Chris Maurer, Wilson's best (21.9) 50 free styler, turned first, but Dominick Szabo poured all his heart in the race, caught up, and touched him out by eight one hundredth of a second. His time of 52.74 may have been the best in North Penn's history, but all his teammates also had personal bests (Craig 55.66; Kronstain 57.58; and Fleming 54.32).

    In the record-setting 4X50 back relay Fleming swam a season's best 24.78. Other outstanding times include Craig's 200 free (1:43.85), Pasquale's lead off and Bergman's anchoring 50 free (22.36 and 21.70 respectively), and Szabo's 50 breast (26.55).

    The girls' depth carried them to victory. They had two wins: the 9-10 4X50 free and the 4X50 breast relays. Click here for boys and girls results.

    Chris Craig in North Penn Life
    Chris Craig was written up in the January 8-10, 1999 North Penn Life. There are two pictures accompanying the article. Some other North Penn swimmers also mentioned in the story are Justin Fanslau, Devin Phillabaum, Steve Miller, Jon Faikish, Chris Houchins, and diver Ryan Hollenbach.

    The third Philadelphia Inquirer article on North Penn swimmers in a week: The latest featured: Jeremy Bergman
    The January 6 Philadelphia Inquirer has a story with two pictures about NP senior Jeremy Bergman. The article starts out about how the number one 200 freestyle state qualifier finished 16th at the championships and ends on a determined Bergman's very positive note: This year "everything is finally starting to click."

    Two easy wins over Bensalem
    Both the boys and girls won their league meets against Bensalem, the boys extending their winning streak to 172 since 1987. There were many new district qualifying times: Chris Houchins and Jon Faikish (200 IM), Justin Fanslau (200 free), Chris Craig (100 fly), Steve Fleming (100 free and 500 free), Ricky Schillow (100 back), and Dominick Szabo (50 free and 200 free). Fleming (49.61) and Szabo (23.10) made one of their cuts leading off the 400 and 200 free relays. The boys results are fully available. At the girls' meet Nicole Seward had an excellent time in the 500 free (5:18.53) and qualified for districts as did Laura DiLuigi in the 100 back (1:06.49). The other girls' times will be posted as soon as we receive them. Take a look at the current list of NP boys and girls district qualifiers.

    Chris Craig is in the January 5 Philadelphia Inquirer
    In the Boys' Swimming Notebook section Joe Santoliquito featured a modest Chris Craig then quoted Coach Bartle.saying that: "... I think our team is made up of a number of Chris Craigs, kids who put the team above themselves."

    Golden Jock official results released
    As expected Chris Craig is the official grand champion. Stephen Pasquale and Steve Fleming both won two honors. Go to the 1998 Golden Jock time trial results and compare the category winners and top 12 finishers to those of the previous three years.

    Grand Champion
    Chris Craig
    Senior High Scorer
    Stephen Pasquale 
    Most Improved
    Andrew Gaibiselis
    Junior High Scorer
    Steve Fleming
    Most Improved Senior
    Stephen Pasquale
    Sophomore High Scorer
    Chris Houchins
    Most Improved Junior
    Steve Fleming
    Freshman High Scorer
    Pat Thompson
    Most Improved Sophomore
    Justin Kratz

    Nicole Seward in the Philadelphia Inquirer
    In an article titled "Seward is making up for lost time," the North Penn senior is featured in the December 31, 1998 Philadelphia Inquirer's "Neighbors Sports" section. In the story Coach Genues is quoted as saying "She is probably swimming the best on the team right now." The article also mentions Maureen Schriver.

    North Penn district qualifiers in the 1999 FINA Points Performance Ratings
    Recently the official FINA Points Performance Ratings Tables for 1999 became available. The tables were created by Nick Thierry of Swimnews Magazine. Check out the ratings for the North Penn district qualifying boys and girls.

    Three North Penn swimmers appear on the 1997-98 United States OVC performance lists
    Jeremy Bergman
    , Steve Fleming, and Dominick Szabo appear in the USS Official Varification Card search engine in six age group and six overall national rankings. Fleming's 100 yard back and Szabo's 200 IM times are missing from the lists because they were swum under high school rules (In USS swimming stand-up starts in the backstroke and flipturns from back to breast in the IM are not allowed).

    United States Age Group OVC Performance Ranking
     Ranking  Name  Event  Age Group  Time
      4   Dominick Szabo  100 yard breast  15  56.98 
    15   Steve Fleming  100 meter back  16 1:00.17 
    18   Dominick Szabo  200 meter breast  16  2:25.80 
    18   Dominick Szabo  100 meter breast  16  1:07.30 
    28   Steve Fleming  200 meter back  16 2:10.48 
    34   Jeremy Bergman  200 yard free  16 1:42.50 

    United States Open OVC Performance Ranking
     Ranking  Name  Event  Age Group  Time
    116  Dominick Szabo  200 meter breast  National Open 2:25.80 
    133  Dominick Szabo  100 yard breast  National Open 56.98 
    166  Dominick Szabo  100 meter breast  National Open 1:07.30 
    171  Steve Fleming  100 meter back  National Open 1:00.17 
    195  Steve Fleming  200 meter back  National Open 2:10.48 
    431  Jeremy Bergman  200 yard free  National Open 1:42.50 

    To see all national OVC rankings go to the USS search engine

    Many district times made against C.B. West
    The NP boys won 130-56, and the following swimmers made district qualifying times: Chris Houchins (200 free), Jeremy Bergman (200 IM), Chris Craig (50 free), Steve Fleming (100 fly), Dominick Szabo and Tim Kronstain (100 free), Eric Bicocchi and Jon Faikish (500 free). Check out the detailed results and the whole list of North Penn district qualifiers.

    The girls won 105-81. Partial results are available here.

    Bergman, Craig, Fleming, and Szabo rewrite 24 year-old mark involving Coach Bartle and his famed brother, and set six pool and three dual meet records with Faikish and Pasquale at Upper Dublin
    Lots of pool and dual meet records were broken (200 medley relay - Fleming, Szabo, Faikish, Pasquale - 200 free, 200 IM, 100 free, 100 back, and 400 free) and two (500 free and 100 breast) were barely missed at the Upper Dublin meet that NP won 133-53. Chris Craig broke Jeff Faikish's record in the 200 free. In the 200 IM Dominick Szabo broke Derek William's eight year old pool record, and even second place finisher Steve Fleming swam within the old mark. He later erased Steven Johnston's pool record in the 100 back. Jeremy Bergman broke Lutz's (Wissahickon) record in the 100 free. In the 400 free relay, the North Penn team (Craig, Bergman, Szabo, Fleming) broke a 24 year old record held by North Penn's Seaman, current coach Bill Bartle, his brother Tony Bartle, and Muller. Besides the records, Stephen Pasquale had an outstanding time in the 50 free, as did Craig and Szabo in the 500 free and the 100 breast respectively. Pat Thompson made districts in the 200 IM. Here are the detailed results and the new power point standing.

    The girls had a much closer win (99-87) against Upper Dublin. Their depth helped them out against Upper Dublin whose star twins, Lori and Krystle Eberwein, who train at Germantown Academy, won four individual events. North Penn's first place finishers were the 200 medley relay (Seward, Dingman, Grant, McNeill), Becky Naudasher (50 free), and Nicole Seward (100 back). The full results will be posted as soon as they are available.

    Motivational times
    We put together a table of boys and girls league, district, state, all-American consideration and automatic, U.S. Open, junior and senior national, and olympic trial times.

    Up-to-date boys power points ranking: TOP TEN.

    Nicole Seward breaks Ms. Versatility records
    The time trial results are now posted. Click to view the times and the record board.

    All TOP 30 lists are updated!
    Check out the boys and girls rankings in the history of North Penn swimming and diving.

    North Penn boys rewrite record books at Parkland's Quad Meet - The girls win 5, the boys 6 events
    Although swimming only two individual and two relay events, Dominick Szabo was involved in setting 10 records. He broke the 200 IM meet record, the 100 breast quad meet (twice), the pool, and the NP meet record, and was part of two record-setting relays; the 200 medley (quad meet and NP meet records) and the 400 free (quad meet, pool, and NP meet record). Steve Fleming had a junior national cut in the 100 back. He set three individual (quad meet, class, and NP meet), and two relay records. Chris Craig was also part of the same relays and himself broke the 500 free quad meet and NP meet records. Jeremy Bergman, who joined the team again after a brief illness, and Jonathan Faikish, were each part of one record-setting relay.

    Winners for the girls were Brittany Jernigan (200 IM), Becky Naudasher (50) free), Ashley Jernigan (100 breast), Lauren Dorn (diving), and the 200 medley relay (B. Jernigan, A. Jernigan, Rebecca Grant, Naudasher). Besides the many records, the Parkland meet brought ample boys and girls district qualifying times and personal bests. One notable district qualifying performance was achieved by Stephen Pasquale, who, because of an injury, could only start from the water as the lead-off for the 400 free relay. During the breaststroke preliminaries Chris Houchins rocked on the block, but mistakenly Tim Kronstain was disqualified.

    Here are the boys and girls final results.

    Steve Fleming breaks a dual meet and a class record, Chris Craig a dual meet record; Craig, Fleming, and Szabo near pool records during season opener
    The NP boys easily won over Methacton and Neshaminy in their first non-league and league meets December 8 and10. The boys looked in excellent shape. Steve Fleming broke the junior class record in the 100 backstroke. He and Chris Craig broke dual meet records in the 100 back and 200 free. There were several district qualifying times, as well as three near pool record times during the Methacton meet. Craig was two tenth off of Jeff Faikish's 200 free, Fleming eight tenth off of Bob Molettiere's 100 back, and Szabo three tenth off of Derek Williams' 200 IM pool record. After two meets Steve Fleming is in the lead in the power point rankings by seven points.

    North Penn wins Pennsbury Relays
    Click here for the results

    Water Polo Awards
    MVP/Boy: Jeremy Bergman; MVP/Girl: Andrea Umlauf;
    Most Improved Boy: Jason Grubb; Most improved Girl: Laura DiLuigi;
    Coach's Award/Boys: Steve Phillabaum; Coach's Award/Girls: Monica Hachen

    Parents' Association formed
    "The team behind the team"
    is the motto of the new support organization for the North Penn Swimming, Diving, and Water Polo team. Patty Faikish was elected president, (610) 584-9208. Vice Presidents/Boys are Beth and Doug Gibson, (215) 855-7854, and for the Girls are Holly Seward (215) 855-7691 and Francine Umlauf (215) 822-8554.


    Salyards gets silver in both the 100 and 200 meter breaststroke at Nationals
    PIAA breaststroke silver medalist Kyle Salyards had an outstanding meet at the Phillips 66 National Swimming Championships. The Pennsylvania state record holder in the 200 IM, Salyards skipped the 400 IM event to focus on his breaststroke performance. His time of 1:02.41, is .28 second faster than this season's top national ranking breaststroker Brendan Hansen's lifetime best. He also had a world class performance in the 200 meter race with a time of 2:14.95. While Salyards was swimming in Long Island, Hansen competed at the short course World Championships and won two 20th places.

    Princeton freshman and Peddie swimmer Matthew Weiner dies suddenly

    The following is a newsrelease by Princeton University's Office of Communication:

    PRINCETON, N.J., March 23 -- Matthew Weiner, a Princeton freshman from Medford, N.J., died last evening after collapsing during a game of pick-up basketball on the University campus. He was 19.

    He was pronounced dead at The Medical Center of Princeton at approximately 6:30 p.m. Emergency physicians cited "sudden cardiac arrest" as the cause of death. The Mercer County Medical Examiner's Office will attempt to determine the cause of the cardiac arrest, according to hospital officials.

    Weiner came to Princeton from the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., where he graduated with high honors. In his sophomore and junior years at Peddie, he was chosen an Academic All-American by Swimming World magazine. In 1997, he was a finalist in the 200-yard butterfly at the

    Summer Junior Nationals. He also coached swimming events at Special Olympics held at Peddie each spring.

    At Princeton, Weiner studied Latin and architecture and indicated an interest in becoming an architect. An avid swimmer, he participated in eight intercollegiate varsity meets, including the Eastern Intercollegiate Swimming League championships. His preferred events were the 200-yard butterfly, the 400-yard individual medley, and the 500-yard freestyle. He was a resident of Wilson College.

    Survivors include his parents, Thomas J. and Beverly Anne LoBiondo Weiner of Medford; a twin sister, Cristina Marie, and a brother, Kevin S.

    Funeral arrangements are pending. A memorial service will be held on the Princeton campus at a later date.

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

    Random seed times from various PA districts
    200 medley relay
    Hempfield 1:36.41
    Wilson 1:36.77
    Emmaus 1:40.10
    Parkland 1:40.80
    200 free
    Justin Donato 1:44.89
    Chris Johnson 1:45.04
    Josh Cierski 1:46.00
    Dams 1:47
    200 IM
    Brendan Hansen 1:54.62
    Casey Coble 1:56.70
    Chris Grabowski 1:57.80
    Justin Houck 1:57.80
    Chan 1:59.96
    Rob Barnum 2:01.43
    Englert 2:01.50
    Kilroy 2:01.70
    50 free
    Mike Grube 20.91
    Chris Maurer 21.42
    David Giger 21.52
    Chris Dwyer 21.64
    Michael Kush 21.84
    Kendig 22.14
    Gardner 22.20
    100 fly
    Stouffer 53.30
    Rob Savage 54.56
    Pillus 56.60
    100 free
    Mike Grube 46.54
    Chris Maurer 46.91
    Kush 47.02
    Chris Johnson 47.42
    Justin Donato 48.12
    Giger & Solomon 48.30
    500 free
    Chris Grabowski 4:46
    Dams 4:50
    Gooch 4:51
    200 free relay
    Wilson 1:27.77
    Emmaus 1:28.01
    Parkland 1:28.60
    Hempfield 1:28.78
    Coatsville 1:29.08
    100 Back
    Justin Houck 52.80
    Josh Cierski 52.90
    Chad White 53.47
    Kilroy 54.40
    Chan 54.48
    100 breast
    Brendan Hansen 55.92
    Kyle Salyards 56.01
    Coble 1:00.70
    Barnum 1:01.30
    400 free relay
    Parkland 3:12.50
    Emmaus 3:14.00
    Wilson 3:15.00

    Outstanding times at the Wilson - Hempfield meet
    The two powerhouses matched up for their last dual meet of the season and produced some excellent times. The following list shows the top two finishers in each event.
    200 medley relay
    Hempfield 1:36.41*
    2. Wilson 1:36.77
    200 free
    Salyards (H) 1:43.28
    2. Moore (W) 1:47.28
    200 IM
    Houck (W) 1:58.17
    2. Chan (H) 1:59.96
    50 free
    Maurer (W) 21.51
    2. Kendig (H) 22.14
    100 free
    Moore (W) 49.09
    2. Levan (W) 50.77
    200 free relay
    Wilson 1:27.77
    2. Hempfield 1:28.78
    100 Back
    Houck (W) 52.96
    2. Chan (H) 54.48
    100 breast
    Salyards (H) 56.01
    2. Maurer (W) 59.40
    400 free relay
    Wilson 3:25
    2. Wilson 3:25+

    More fast times
    Wilson's Chris Maurer had a 4:46 in the 500 free, and Chris Dwyer of Souderton clocked a 21.77 in the 50 free. Also, he reportedly swam a low 20. anchoring Souderton's 200 free relay.

    Fast times
    Wilson, State College, and Parkland matched up their powerhouses at the end of January. The following are some randomly selected fast times from the meet.
    200 medley relay
    Wilson 1:39.3
    200 free
    Johnson, (P) 1:45.00
    200 IM
    Houck (W) 1:58.00
    50 free
    Maurer (W) 21.40
    100 free
    Maurer, (W) 46.91;
    2. Johnson 47.20
    200 free relay
    Wilson 1:27.30
    100 Back
    Houck (W) 52.80
    100 breast
    Strause (W) 1:02.30
    400 free relay
    Parkland 3:12.+
    2. Wilson 3:15.00

    Best times from Pioneer's latest meet:
    Pioneer, the Michigan based number one boys public high school swim team in the United States had a meet against Ohio's St. Francis on January 21. Here are Pioneer's top times swum at this event:
    200 medley relay
    Pioneer 1:39.03
    200 free
    Urguhart, (P) 1:45.90
    200 IM
    Cubberly (P) 1:58.17
    50 free
    Drake (P) 21.33
    100 fly
    2. Callam (P) 55.57
    Winning time (S.F.): 52.25
    100 free
    Urguhart, (P) 48.40
    500 free
    Sample (P) 4:52.32
    200 free relay
    Pioneer (P) 1:27.72
    (St. Francis swam a 1:25.15!)
    100 Back
    Cubberly (P) 53.35
    100 breast
    Wakefield (P) 1:04.16
    Winning time (S.F.): 1:01.43
    400 free relay
    Pioneer 3:15.31
    (St. Francis: 3:12.02)

    1998-99 boys top six high school times in the U.S. as of Dec. 31
    The following list includes both public and private schools nationwide.
    200 medley relay
    Bolles, FL 1:31.70
    Akron Firestone, OH 1:35.94
    Cinc. St. Xavier, OH 1:36.21
    Brophy Prep, AZ 1:36.88
    Woodlands, TX 1:37.44
    Lake Brantley, FL 1:37.76
    17th: North Penn, PA 1:39.75
    200 free relay
    Bolles, FL 1:24.69
    Pine Crest, FL 1:25.91
    Berkeley Prep., FL 1:26.11
    Toledo St. Francis, OH 1:26.68
    Brophy, AZ 1:27.24
    St. Thomas Aqui., FL 1:27.69
    400 free relay
    Bolles, FL 3:02.62
    Pine Crest, FL 3:09.70
    Berkeley Prep, FL 3:09.82
    Brophy, AZ 3:11.28
    St.Thomas, FL 3:11.91
    Salpointe Cath., AZ 3:12.02
    17th: North Penn, PA 3:15.64
    200 free
    Kirkland, Bolles, FL 1:38.99
    Salemo, Bolles, FL 1:40.07
    Wagner, Pine Crst, FL 1:40.20
    Molari, Bolles, 1:41.08
    Keller, Brophy, AZ 1:41.45
    Potter, McClint., AZ 1:41.51
    200 IM
    Grant, Trinity, FL 1:51.26
    Hosford, Leon, FL 1:51.97
    Ketchum, Sycam., OH 1:52.80
    Norris, L. Brantley, FL 1:52.84
    Cover, Bolles, 1:52.87
    Bartel, Avon Lake, OH 1:53.69
    50 free
    Larson, Mosa, AZ 20.83
    Hillebrand, Chap., AZ 20.84
    Brock, Dwyer, FL 20.96
    Kramer, Berkeley, FL 21.08
    Hosford, Leon, FL 21.10
    Anderson, Bolles, FL 21.21
    100 fly
    Lim, Bolles, FL 47.74

    Margalis, Clearw., FL 50.23
    Hyman, Shadow Mt., AZ 50.28
    Boatright, Bolles, FL 50.63
    O'Connor, Brophy, AZ 50.63
    Banhos, C. Gibbons, FL 50.99
    100 free
    Hosford, Leon, FL 45.39
    Oliver, Episcopal., FL 45.63
    Rosal, Countryside, FL 45.63
    Molari, Bolles, FL 45.85
    Kirkland, Bolles, FL 45.89
    Salerno, Bolles, FL 45.97
    500 free
    Richardson, Thun., AZ 4:29.13
    McConnell, Bolles, 4:29.57
    Potter, McClint., AZ 4:31.24
    Pullin, Hawken, OH 4:33.67
    Shue, Fort Myers, FL 4:33.70
    Wagner, Pine Crst, FL 4:34.34
    100 Back
    Lim, Bolles, FL 46.97
    Smolinski, Lk. Cntrl. IN 51.24
    Gaffney, Brophy, AZ 51.51
    Hyman, Shed. Mt., AZ 51.51
    Earhart, St. Xavier, OH 51.57
    Darnell, Mosley, FL 51.67
    15th: Fleming, NP, PA 52.54
    100 breast
    Grant, Trinity, FL 55.68
    Couto, Bolles, FL 57.14
    Tam Bolles, FL 57.21
    Norris Lake Brantley, FL 57.26
    Gangloff, Firestone, OH 57.44
    Hansen, Haverford, PA 57.52
    20th: Szabo, NP, PA 59.54

    The above is part of a top 20 compilation by Bob Klapthor (slightly enhanced by Joe Szabo). The times are supposed to reflect only high school performances. Considering only 11th graders or lower, Steve Fleming is 7th, Dominick Szabo is 8th on the full national list. Current national high school records.

    Ex Bolles coach to head U.S. Team
    Gregg Troy, who just last season was still coaching Florida's powerful Bolles School and who is now the women's head coach of the University of Florida, was named to lead the men's team at this year's Pan American Games. Check out the national overall and public high school ranking.

    Girls age group record
    16 year-old Natalie Coughlin set a national age group record in the 100 yard backstroke (52.55) and the 200 backstroke (1:53.45). Her 200 time broke the old record by almost three seconds. She also swam a great time in the 100 fly with a 52.91!

    Some of the best current boys HS age times in PA
    Most of the following times were swum in USS meets in December 1998.

    200 free
    Donato 1:43.65; Johnson, 1:45.67
    200 IM
    Salyards 1:51.38; Hansen 1:52.23; Bonczek 56.91; Coble 1:57.15
    50 free
    Kush 21.95; Dwyer 22.11; Kerpelman 22.11; Gardner 22.27
    100 fly
    Grabowski 52.43; Bonczek 52.95; Giger 53.05
    100 free
    Maurer 48.23; Johnson 48.27; Kush 48.60; Bonczek 48.91
    500 free
    Henley 4:43.26
    100 Back

    White 53.47; Smith 53.97; Houck 54.37; Tokarchyk 54.70
    100 breast
    Hansen 55.19; Salyards 55.72; Bonczek 1:00.30; Coble 1:00.70

    Chemical edge?
    The December 26 New York Times had a cover story about performance enhancing drugs. The following is a list of various types of drugs and their adverse effects:

    Increased blood pressure
    Heart attacks
    Loss of coordination

    Erythropoietin (EPO)
    Increased blood pressure
    Heart attacks
    Blood clots
    Risks from injections

    Decrease in sperm count
    Breast enlargement
    Prostate enlargement
    Female masculinization

    Beta Blocker
    Heart failure
    Heart rhythm disturbances
    Sexual disturbances
    Decreased excercise capacity
    Low blood sugar
    Bad dreams

    Growth Hormone
    Increases blood pressure
    Promotes diabetes
    Hands, feet, and jaw can get very large.

    Wilson boys post some good times
    There were some noteworthy times at the Wilson-Governor Mifflin boys meet on December 16. 200 medley relay: 1:38.97 (Wilson); 200 IM: 1:57.96 (Justin Houck of Wilson); 100 back: 54.29 (Houck); 100 breast 1:01.75 (Strouss, Wilson); 100 fly: 53.3 (Chris Maurer).

    OVC search
    (Official Varification Card) Using this USS search menu one can easily find top national performances by a given age or qualification standard.

    Hansen will compete at World Cup
    Pennsylvania state champion breaststroker Brendan Hansen, who ranks #1 in the U.S. among 16 year olds, turned 17, and was selected for the United States World Cup Team to compete in Hong Kong next April.

    Wilson wants state title
    The December 6 Reading Eagle published a big front page story about the Wilson swim team and their three stars: Kristen Woodring, Justin Houck, and Chris Maurer. In the article Houck says: "I'd give up an individual state championship any day, any day, for a team state championship."

    Bolles Rules; Lim Sets National H.S. Record
    At the Florida 4A meet, sophomore Janelle Atkinson of Bolles swam a 4:40.10 to take the 500 free. The 200 free was won by Melissa Deary of Bolles in a time of 1:47.59. Trinity Prep's Andrea Georoff had a great swim, winning the 50 free in a 23.08. Also having great swims for Trinity Prep, who finished second in girls standings, Mirjana Bosevska winning the 200 IM in 2:00.97, and Christy Watkins who won the 100 fly and 100 back with times of 55.60 and 55.43, respectively. On the men's side, Bolles junior Alex Lim who came from Malaysia, set a new national record in the 100 back with his 46.97 swim, won another title in the 100 fly at 47.74, and led off Bolles national record-breaking 200 medley relay with a 22.15 split for backstroke. The winning time for the medley relay was 1:31.70. Andrew McConnell won the men's 500 for Bolles easily with a 4:29.57, and the most impressive non-Bolles performance had to be Trinity Prep's Rassan Grant winning both the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke with times of 1:51.26, and 55.

    TIME TRIALS, Saturday

    Chris Craig is the Grand Champion

    For the second year in a row Chris Craig won the Golden Jock time trials. On the last day he missed Jeff Faikish's 200 free record by two tenth of a second. He looked impressive in every stroke on every distance. To win this competition within a team that placed second among all United States public high schools just this past season, is no small achievement. In eight out of the nine events, Craig either placed first or second and he had one third place finish; quite an amazing accomplishment. His sixteen points may be a record in the history of Golden Jock. In achieving this, Jeremy Bergman may have helped him by not swimming his strongest event, the 200 free, and the 200 IM, in which he could have been a fierce competitor. Stephen Pasquale won the senior, Steve Fleming the junior, and Chris Houchins the sophomore championship. Currently John Gallagher is leading among the freshmen, but if Pat Thompson makes up his missing events, he will probably become the freshman champion.

    Throughout the competition perhaps the most exciting race was between Steve Fleming and Dominick Szabo. After each day, they had either a tie or were no more than one point apart. In the first event of the last day, the 200 freestyle, Fleming touched out Szabo by twelve hundredth of a second. The junior championship came down to the last race, the 100 IM, which Szabo won with an impressive time of 54.74, missing Derek Williams' long-standing record by about seven tenth. However, Fleming's second place finish secured him the junior championship by one single point.

    Click on the blue underlined words for the results and final standing as well as the boys' record board. The girls' results will be posted around the middle of next week.

    TIME TRIALS, Friday

    Jeremy Bergman wins the 50 freestyle and Steve Fleming takes the 200 IM

    Jeremy Bergman came two tenth of a second close to Steve Johnston's Golden Jock record of 22:43. He was followed by Chris Craig and Stephen Pasquale. In the 200 IM, arch rivals Steve Fleming Chris Craig, and Dominick Szabo had an exciting race that produced outstanding times. Fleming won the race and missed Derek Williams' seven year old record (1:59.30) only by one second. Craig came in a close second, and Szabo, who last season won the district championship in this event, was a surprising third. Freshman Pat Thompson performed extremely well finishing seventh overall.

    With two events left, Chris Craig seems to be the sure winner of the Grand Championship. The two closest races are for the Junior Championship between Fleming (19) and Szabo (20); and the Senior Championship between Pasquale (47) and Bergman (55)..

    TIME TRIALS, Thursday

    Chris Craig sets record and increases lead

    Chris Craig broke Jeff Faikish's 500 free Golden Jock record of 4:50.03 by two one hundredth of a second on Thanksgiving day. Early on Jeremy Bergman had the lead, but about three quarters into the race he gave up. Steve Fleming and Dominick Szabo had their separate race for the second place, with Fleming touching first. Sophomore Chris Houchins had an outstanding performance placing fourth. After five events Chris Craig is leading with 8 points ahead of Fleming (12) and Szabo.(13). With Bergman's DQ, the competition for the grand championship has narrowed down to the aforementioned three swimmers. Senior Chris Craig has a sizeable lead that will be difficult to overcome by the trailing juniors. All three are strong in the remaining four events (200 IM, 50 free, 100 IM, and 200 free) and the final standing will be also effected by Bergman's performance.

    The senior championship will probably come down to a close race between Stephen Pasquale and Jeremy Bergman; the junior competition is wide open between Fleming and Szabo; Chris Houchins and Pat Thompson are in good position to win the sophomore and freshman races respectively.

     TIME TRIALS, Wednesday

    Steve Fleming and
    Dominick Szabo shatter Golden Jock records

    Steve Fleming's backstroke time (52.66) was within seven hundredth of a second of his lifetime best. He shattered Jason Craig's record by 2.27 seconds. Back from Clarion University, Ágo Szabo was watching his younger brother Dominick taking 2.43 seconds off his 1995 record. Dominick also took more than 7 seconds off his lifetime best in the 100 back (56.80). After four events Chris Craig is leading with 7 points in front of Fleming (10) and Szabo.(10). 

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