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Updated: April 1, 2000

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

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National rankings
North Penn's webmaster has made considerable progress in his effort putting together the national high school rankings for boys. So far he has researched and checked private and public high school state championship results in access of 40 states. A girls list, compiled by Bob Klapthor, is currently on the web and accessible via the Michigan High School Athletic Association's web site.

Dominick Szabo wins two championships at the NE Junior Nationals in Buffalo, New York, and qualifies for the Olympic Trials in the 200 breaststroke
North Penn's one-man team of Dominick Szabo finished with 40 points at the North East Junior National Championships in Buffalo, New York. Dominick 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.

Team Awards
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.

Golden Boys!
North Penn captures their 4th straight PIAA title and Dominick Szabo breaks a state record
On the girls' side, Becky Naudasher shines

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 53.84.

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

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Best current PA times compared with the state championship results of three other states
The state championships are over for Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana, and it's interesting to see how their best times compare with the pre-state tournament Pennsylvania performances. Here are the boys and girls comparisons. The medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Thompson, and Schillow) as well as Dominick Szabo are representing North Penn for Pennsylvania top times. It's interesting to note, that both the 200 IM (1:50.60) and 100 breast (55.63) times of North Penn's Dominick Szabo would have won the state championship in all three other states.

Maidens take three relays and four individual qualifiers to states
The 200 freestyle relay of Ashley McNeill, Brittany Jernigan, Michelle Kline, and Becky Naudasher was the girls' top district contender with an impressive second place finish. Maureen Schriver (500 free) and the 400 free relay (B. Jernigan, Schriver, Kline, and Naudasher) finished 3rd, Ashley Jernigan (100 breast), Becky Naudasher (50 free) and the 200 medley relay (B. Jernigan, A. Jernigan, Schriver, and Naudasher) placed 5th. Ashley McNeill's 7th place in the 50 free rounded up the Maiden's list of state qualifiers.

North Penn Boys sweep District One, send 9 swimmers and 1 diver to the state championships
Dominick Szabo qualifies for the Olympic Trials
It was a glorious day for the North Penn boys' swim team. Coach Bill Bartle delivered a perfect taper for the team that was never in danger of losing it's district winning streak. It all started out with a district record performance in the 200 medley relay. The team of Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, Pat Thompson, and Rick Schillow won in 1:35.09. Szabo's breaststroke split was a best in NP's history. Then Justin Fanslau finished fifth and qualified in the 200 free. The 200 IM brought a great competition among Dominick Szabo, Brendan Hansen, and Steve Fleming, the top three finishers for each of the last three years. As every time before, Szabo won, Hansen was second, and Fleming third. Szabo's time (1:50.60) broke the district, team, and senior class record, made a junior and senior national cut, and missed the olympic trials qualifying time only by eleven hundredths of a second. Steve Fleming had an excellent time (51.78) in the 100 back and easily qualified for states. His time broke Steve Johnston's 1997 class record. Other state qualifiers were Brett Kratz (50 free) who also broke the freshman class record, Nick Fanslau, Brett Kratz, Jon Faikish, and Rick Schillow (200 free relay), Pat Thompson and Chris Houchins (500 free), and Nick Fanslau (100 breast). The day's best race was in 100 yard breaststroke in which senior 200 meter national champion Brendan Hansen touched out North Penn's Dominick Szabo. Szabo broke the team and class records, and both broke the old district record. Their times, 55.28 and 55.63 respectively, were olimpic trial qualifying times. The winning 400 free relay of Justin Fanslau, Fleming, Matt Gibson, and Szabo, made a junior national cut.

The boys' top 30 lists were updated after the district meet. Check out the boys lists, and please e-mail any comments or correction to the web master.

Ryan Hollenbach 3rd at districts and qualifies for the state championship - Greg Detwiler finishes 8th
The 2000 District One Championship was held at the North Penn High School Tuesday night. Ryan Hollenbach had his lifetime best performance and finished third with 479.00 ponts. Greg Detwiler missed the state championship again by only one place. He finished eighth with 404.25. Only the top seven divers can participate in the state championships. C.B. West's Anthony Perry won the competition. The runner-up was Jason Coben of Marple-Newtown. After winning the league championship, the big surprise of the meet was Council Rock's Chuck Venuto's fourth place. Click here to view a list of the top 12 finishers.

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
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.

North Penn boys are Suburban I. National Conference champs - Steve Fleming and Dominick Szabo break championship records
The 2000 league championships brought some exciting races, a few good times, and the NP boys' 27th straight league championship. The best NP performances include Steve Fleming's 100 back, Dominick Szabo's 200 IM and 100 breast (all three are championship records), Martin Kompas' 100 back, Brett Kratz' 50 and 100 free, and Carter Hayes' 500 freestyle races. For the top times check the results page.

NP boys' college choices
The North Penn boys are narrowing down the choices for their continuing education. Dominick Szabo was offered a full athletic scholarship from and made a verbal committment to The American University in Washington, D.C. The other seniors are now focusing on only two or three choices each. They are:

 Jon Faikish  Indiana University of Pennsylvania and West Chester
 Steve Fleming  Princeton, Duke, and Johns Hopkins
 Matt Gibson  Grove City and George Washington University
 Ryan Hollenbach  Duke and Penn State
 Rick Schillow  Maryland, South Carolina, and William & Mary

The boys 200 medley and 200 free relays swim the fastest time in PA and break the NP pool records; Dominick Szabo sets new mark in the 200 IM
Steve Miller and Jeff Chiang make district qualifying times
Boys: NP vs. Pennridge 147 - 38
The last dual meet capped another undefeated season for the boys bringing their dual meet winning streak to 191. The meet turned out to be a fast one for many of the swimmers. Dominick Szabo was part of both pool record-breaking relays swimming with Steve Fleming, Pat Thompson, and Rick Schillow in the 200 medley, and with Matt Gibson, Rick Schillow and Jon Faikish in the 200 free relay. He swam a season's best 50 (21.88 - dual meet record) and 100 free (48.04) leading off the two free relays and broke the 200 IM pool and dual meet records. Steve Miller made the 200 IM district qualifying time, and Jeff Chiang did the same in the 100 breast. There were also many good other swims with personal bests. The divers had a very close competition in which Ryan Hollenbach edged Greg Detwiler out only by less than a point. Click on the link to check out the NP boys times and scores. (The girls results will be posted as soon as they become available).

John Gallagher and Brett Kratz qualify for districts, Steve Grieco further lowers his season's best, and Dominick Szabo swims a state qualifing time
Boys: NP vs. Pennsbury 127 - 59
Girls: NP vs. Pennsbury
John Gallagher
made the district cut in the 100 breaststroke. He had already qualified in the 200 IM. Brett Kratz qualified in the 200 free. This was his fifth qualifying time. Steve Grieco, already a qualifier, had an impressive swim in the 100 fly lowering his season's best. Dominick Szabo who had qualified for districts in every event, turned in the team's fastest 50 free this season. His time (22.16) barely missed Jeremy Bergman's dual meet record. Click on the links to check out the NP boys and girls swims.

NP is victorious again, and Dominick Szabo breaks the pool record in the 200 yard freestyle
Boys: NP vs. William Tennent 142 - 44
Girls: NP vs. William Tennent 124 - 62
Swimming different events from his usual 200 individual medley and breaststroke, Dominick Szabo won the 100 fly and surprised himself as well as the spectators with a new pool record in the 200 yard freestyle. He beat Jeff Faikish's record of 1:45.91 which he established in 1997. The new record is seven hundredth of a second faster. Laura MacMullen and Brett Kratz made district times in the 100 back and the 500 free respectively. Click on the links to check out the NP boys and girls swims.

January 20, 2000:
The North Penn Swim Team's web site received over 100 hits on a single day!

The hits came from universities from around the United States, among them Princeton, Franklin and Marshall, George Washington, Rutgers, Syracuse, Auburn, Bucknell, Pittsburgh, Richmond, West Chester, James Madison, Berkeley, Slippery Rock, Penn State, etc.; many PA high schools; and even foreign countries such as Australia, Switzerland, France, Poland, Latvia, South Korea, Ireland, Denmark, Spain, Malaysia, Japan, Brazil, Israel, Italy, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and many more.

Ryan Hollenbach scores big, John Gallagher and Steve Grieco qualify for districts, and Mike White wins two individual events
Boys: NP vs. Abington 140 - 45
Ryan Hollenbach
had a solid performance agaist Abington scoring his second highest this season. Greg Detwiler was less than two points behind him with a personal best. The two have been having an exciting rivalry throughout the season that starts paying off and is transforming into very respectable results.

Year after year, this meet traditionally gives a chance for the younger swimmers to prove their talents, improve their peronal best times, and qualify for districts. They rarely let go of the opportunity without taking adventage of it. Freshman Steve Grieco and sophomore John Gallagher had a close race in the 200 IM and in the end both went under the 2:10.50 district qualifying standard. Gallagher then went on winning the 100 breast. Mike White brought attention to himself in the 50 and the 100 freestyles, both of which he won. Other winners were Andy Gaibiselis, Carter Hayes, and Steve Miller. Click here for the boys' results. The girls' are not available yet.

Boys and girls post many outstanding times
Dominick Szabo breaks two pool, two dual meet, and one class record, and helps the medley relay set pool and dual meet marks
Boys: NP vs. Emmaus 118 - 68
Girls: Emmaus vs. NP 112 - 74
The Emmaus meets bring a lot of excitement every year. It wasn't any different this time. Both North Penn and Emmaus teams entered the meet with an unblemished record. Today, one boy and one girl team had to lose and they turned out to be the Emmaus boys and the NP girls. During the course of the heated competition some outstanding times were achieved. Dominick Szabo had an excellent day. His medley relay team (with Steve Fleming, Pat Thompson, and Rick Schillow) broke the pool and NP dual meet record. He swam a lifetime best breaststroke in-season split of 25.86. Then he went on breaking the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke pool and dual meet records, and also set a new senior class record. Steve Fleming also had a very strong day. His time in the 200 IM was within the old pool mark and was his best swim of the year. He also posted a season's best in the 100 backstroke, although it wasn't enough to win against number one state ranking Josh Cierski, who clocked the best Pennsylvania time of the season. Among others, there were also noteable performances by Greg Detwiler (won the diving), Pat Thompson (500 free), Nick Fanslau (breast), Matt Gibson (50 free), Jon Faikish and Steve Grieco (100 fly), and Brett Kratz (100 free). Among the girls, Maureen Schriver's swim in the 500 free needs to be mentioned first. Her time is not only a season's best, but also a state qualifying standard. Freshman Carlee Myers and Rebecca Grant made districts in the 200 IM and the 100 fly respectively. Lauren Dorn and Ashley Jernigan won the diving and the 100 breast, while Brittany Jernigan, Julie Good, Ashley McNeill, and Becky Naudasher lowered their season's best. The girls' 200 medley relay of B. Jernigan, A. Jernigan, Grant, and McNeill, also improved on their time. Click on the links to check out the NP boys and girls swims.

Knights and Maidens keep winning
Boys: NP vs. C.B. East 128 - 58
Girls: NP vs. C.B. East 107 - 79
There were lots of great boys and girls swims against visiting C.B. East. So many, that it's hard to highlight just a couple. Pat Thompson, Nick Fanslau, Brittany Jernigan, Maureen Schriver, Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, and the girls 400 free relay of Schriver, C. Myers, Naudasher, B. Jernigan, all had excellent times. Nick Fanslau, Brittany Jernigan, Steve Fleming, and Pat Thonpson made district, Maureen Schriver and Dominick Szabo, state qualifying times. Click to view the boys and girls results.

Official Golden Jock results released
At least two things happened in this season's Golden Jock competition that made history. Dominick Szabo won all nine events, beating the previous best performance by 7 points, and Nick Fanslau placed the highest (2nd) ever as a freshman. He edged his brother Justin only by one point. By comparison, Dominick Szabo finished 15th in his freshman year with 126 points as opposed to Nick Fanslau's 34; a remarkable accomplishment. Click to see the various category winners.

Steve Fleming swims season's best
Boys: NP vs. Council Rock 119 - 66
Dominick Szabo
was a double winner against Council Rock, while Justin Fanslau, Rick Schillow, and Steve Fleming, each won an event in helping their team register their 185th dual meet victory in a row. Steve Fleming swam his best in this season, and his time barely missed the North Penn dual meet record. Check out today's North Penn times.

NP boys and girls win at Wilson Relays
The boys medley relay breaks a meet record and Dominick Szabo swims a record 100 IM split
The girls 400 free does season's best
The North Penn boys beat Wilson 306 - 277 for the first place, while the girls outscored Cumberland Valley 270 - 261 for the same. The NP boys broke the meet record with a season's best swim in the 200 medley relay and lowered their best time in the 400 free relay as well. Dominick Szabo clocked a 52.56 anchoring the 400 individual medley relay. His split was a new team record. Steve Fleming swam his best time of the season in the 100 free leading off the 400 relay, while Brett Kratz did a lifetime best split in the 50 free. The girls 400 free relay of Becky Naudasher, Brittany Jernigan, Maureen Schriver, and Michelle Kline swam their best time of the season. Check out the boys and girls results with the top three times posted in each event.

Girls take ten events against Bensalem; Boys win too, and Brett Kratz qualifies for districts
Boys: NP vs. Bensalem 138 - 43
Girls: NP vs. Bensalem 132 - 54
The North Penn girls had some good times this afternoon. Perhaps Maureen Schriver's 500 free time (5:14.13) stands out the most, but others did well, too. Brittany Jernigan and Rebecca Grant had formidable competition in the 200 IM and the 100 fly. In the boys competition Brett Kratz made districts by one hundredth of a second in the 100 yard freestyle. Martin Kompas and Andy Gaibiselis swam lifetime bests in the backstroke and barely missed qualifying. The Knights missed a few swimmers due to illness, among them Matt Gibson and Dominick Szabo. Click to see the girls' and boys' (only first place times are available) performances.

NP boys show their depth against C.B. West
Boys: NP vs. C.B. West 133 - 53
There were many fresh faces among the winners. John Gallagher won two events, while Steve Grieco, Brett Kratz, Mike White, Steve Miller, and Andy Gaibiselis all touched first in their events. Grieco had the best performance of all qualifying for districts in the 200 freestyle. Check out the boys times and partial girls results. More information will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

NP pool officially named Rick Carroll Natatorium
Dominick Szabo breaks the 200 IM and
100 Breaststroke pool and dual meet records and qualifies for Junior Nationals in both events
Boys: NP vs. Upper Dublin 132 - 54
Girls: NP vs. Upper Dublin 115 - 71
Before the traditional double dual meet between Upper Dublin and North Penn, where, coming home from their fall semester, the ex-North Penn swimmers gather every year, there was a heart-warming ceremony Monday night. The natatorium was named after Rick Carroll, the legendary founder of the NP swimming program, who had planted the seeds of success 28 years ago. He lead the team to 17 league, 9 district, and 3 state titles. During his tenure, Mr. Carroll also served as the District I. chairperson and he founded the very successful North Penn Aquatic Club program that feeds the high school with fresh talents every year. His sportsmanship and work ethic has been widely admired, and many people who came in contact with him, had a chance to experience his warm, friendly personality.

The excitement of the occasion was contagious and the NP swimmers showed their love and appreciation towards Mr. Carroll by posting some outstanding times. First Justin Fanslau swam his season's best in the 200 freestyle (1:49.55), then Dominick Szabo broke his own pool record in the 200 IM with a 1:56.27. Steve Fleming left the field behind in the 100 backstroke clocking an outstanding 52.94. In the last individual event, the 100 yard breaststroke, Szabo broke Jeff Oristaglio's 14 year old record of 58.60 with a 58.35. Few people knew that when Dominick found out that the pool will be renamed for Rick Carroll, he secretly planned to break this long-standing record in his honor. Click to see all North Penn boys' times.

Maureen Schriver had a good swim in the 200 freestyle. Her time (1:59.11) was her second fastest this season. In an exciting race with Krystle Eberwine, Becky Naudasher made her fastest in-season time in the 100 freestyle with a 55.81. Another outstanding performance came in the 100 backstroke in Joanna Clayton's presentation, who, swimming 1:06.13, made her first district time. The girls 200 free relay of McNeill, C.Myers, Kline, and Naudasher posted their best time this fall clocking 1:42.94. Check out the girls individual results.

Steve Fleming in the Philadelphia Inquirer
The December 15 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer ran a story about Steve Fleming and the NP boys swim team titled "North Penn's winning streak is no accident - Senior Steve Fleming and the Knights look ahead and prepare future swimmers for their moments of glory." Among others, the article talked about the tricaptain's goal of bettering his 1999 state championship performance of 51.28 and the 100 backstroke and reaching the finals in the 200 IM at the 2000 PIAA meet. Also highlighted were both his academic and athletic leadership. He is hoping study biochemistry in either Princeton, Duke, or Johns Hopkins. To see a list of articles published about North Penn swimmers go to the archives.

Top 30 lists updated
All top 30 lists have been updated after the Parkland meet. Check out both the girls and boys lists, and please e-mail any comments or correction to the web masters.

16 meet and pool records fall at Parkland
Dominick Szabo was involved in three
Dallastown, State College, Parkland, and North Penn gathered at the beautiful, new, state of the art Parkland High School, the new home of the Annual Parkland Quad Meet. The pool was fast, but the teams were, too. Fifteen meet and pool records were broken and North Penn had its own share. In the morning the boys 200 medley relay of Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, Justin Fanslau, and Rick Schillow swam to a new record of 1:38.65. (The old record, 1:39.75, was held by NP's Fleming, Szabo, C. Craig, and McPeak). Then Szabo took a second and a half off his last year's mark in the 200 IM. The new record is 1:57.23. Next, Becky Naudasher broke her own record in the 50 free registering 25.14, then Maureen Schriver lowered the 500 free mark to 5:13.66. Finally Szabo broke the 100 breaststroke record with a 59.41. In the evening finals the boys 200 medley relay broke the record again (1:38.25), this time with Pat Thompson swimming the butterfly. Later Szabo further lowered his morning record in the 100 breast to 58.99. Since the pool was opened only this fall, all meet records were most likely pool records as well.

Besides the new marks, the meet also produced a vast number of district qualifying times and personal bests. Some of the best swims were seen from Steve Fleming (200 IM and 100 back), Nicholas Fanslau (100 free and 100 breast), Justin Fanslau (100 fly), Matt Gibson (100 free), and Rick Schillow (50 free). Freshmen Steve Grieco (100 fly) and Brett Kratz (50 free and 200 IM) did also extremely well. On the girls side, Maureen Schriver (200 and 500 free) and Brittany Jernigan (200 IM and 100 back) stood out. Others, among them Michelle Kline, Ashley Jernigan, and Ashley McNeill along with freshman Carlee Myers had strong swims as well.

Top North Penn divers were Greg Detwiler and Lauren Dorn, both finishing second.

Parkland dominated the freestyle events. Their star swimmer Chris Johnson broke the 50 and 100 yard records with 21.37 and 47.03 respectively. Both are excellent times this early in the season. He was involved in Parkland's 400 free relay record and their tying the 200 free relay record as well.

Click to see the girls and boys results as well as the district and junior national qualifiers.

Boys: NP vs. Neshaminy 138 - 41
Girls: NP vs. Neshaminy 118.5 - 51.5
See the individual results for boys and girls. Click to see the district qualifiers.

Boys undefeated in 180 consecutive dual meets
Same score for both teams:
Boys: NP vs. Methacton 135 - 51
Girls: NP vs. Methacton 135 - 51
The girls and boys had solid performances Tuesday evening. There were many good times in both meets. Three outstanding peformances came in the girls 50 freestyle, the boys 500 free and 100 breaststroke events. Becky Naudasher clocked a 25.38 in the 50 free, Pat Thompson swam a 4:55.37 in the longest freestyle event, while Steve Fleming surprised everybody with a very respectable 1:02.67 in his weakest(!) stroke. Click to see the district qualifiers and the detailed results of the boys and girls meets.

Respectable visitors
The North Penn Swim Team's web site attracts viewers from universities all over the United States. Some of the hits just in the last two days came from Stanford, Cornell, Princeton, William and Mary, Penn State, Naval Academy, Syracuse and Auburn Universities.

We have new mail from and information about some North Penn alumni. Read about them, see what they are doing, and even write to them if you wish. Their e-mail addresses are on the directory page, just click on the blue links there.

Another milestone
As of December 4, the North Penn Swim Team's web site received over 12,000 hits since it was built about two years ago. 9,000 of the total log-ons were in the past year alone.

North Penn dominates the Pennsbury Relays
The kick-off swimming event of the 1999-2000 season went very well for the Maidens and the Knights. They won most of the races, some of them with outstanding times, and even set a new record. The combined score was North Penn 108, Pennsbury 82, and Bensalem 66. Two records were set during the meet, one by the Bensalem girls in the 400 IM relay, and one by Dominick Szabo, Nick Fanslau, Jon Faikish, and Steve Fleming in the same event - 3:47.39 (3:49.70). The 200 breaststroke relay (Nick Fanslau, Chris Houchins, John Gallagher, and Dominick Szabo missed a 1982 record set by Methacton only by one hundredth of a second (1:58.40).

Other notable performances were by Ashley McNeill in the50 free (25.65), and Dominick Szabo (22.49), Rick Schillow (22.68), and Nick Fanslau (23.35), also in the 50 freestyle. All four made their first district qualifying time. Click on the links to see the results of both the boys and girls relays.

Philadelphia Inquirer:
Sisters spice up life in pool with variety
The December 2nd edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer published a long article about Ashley and Brittany Jernigan. According to the article the sisters are extremely close, virtually being together 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are not only one of the strongest pillars of the Maidens swim team, but both excelled playing for the North Penn water polo team as well earning a spot on the All-State First Team. The article also talked about their interest in other sports and a family tradition that saw all seven of the Jernigan children pursuing successful swimming and/or diving careers.

A perfect score!
Dominick Szabo wins the last Golden Jock event with a record breaking performance and is first in North Penn's history to win all nine events
As with everything, ability, knowledge, and skills alone are not enough. One needs at least some luck. The absence of an injured Steve Fleming, who last year edged Dominick Szabo by one point for the junior class championship, set up the opportunity for a perfect score. And Szabo didn't miss it. However, it wasn't as easy as it may appear. He touched out Justin Fanslau in the 200 freestyle only by four one hundredth of a second. But overall, Szabo swam at a consistently high level, breaking three records, the 100 free, 100 breast, and the 50 free, and lowering his previous lifetime best in the 100 butterfly. When the competition was over, he scored a perfect 9 points. According to the available information, the previous record, with 16 points, was held jointly by brothers Jason and Chris Craig. (The number of points given represent the placements of a swimmer. In other words, first place gets 1 point, 14th place gets 14 points, and the lowest total number wins.).

There were other strong performances. Among them standing out are the swims of freshman Nicholas Fanslau and junior Justin Fanslau. It's noteable that all of Nick Fanslau's times are better than Szabo's were when he entered high school swimming in 1996.

Click here to view the Golden Jock records and the detailed results of the competition.

Fanslau brothers swimming strong
Throughtout the Golden Jock competition Justin Fanslau and his freshman brother Nicholas Fanslau were major contenders for the top berths in nearly every event. It was no different on Friday when in the 200 freestyle Justin missed first place only four tenth of a second, while Nick was runner-up in the 100 IM. It seems, that once again, they will have a strong showing on the last day of the competition, when they will face the so far undefeated Dominick Szabo in the 200 IM and the 50 freestyle.

500 free: 1. Dominick Szabo 2. Justin Fanslau
The Golden Jock competition had some guest participants in the past few days. 1999 graduates Jeremy Bergman, Stephen Pasquale, Chris Craig, and from the class of 1996 Jason Craig swam with current team members. In the 500 free, on Thanksgiving day, Chris Craig led the race up to the last one hundred, but Dominick Szabo finished strong to beat him by about four seconds. Szabo's time was 4:58. Official runner-up in the event was Justin Fanslau with a time of 5:12.

Szabo adds two more wins
Dominick Szabo
won the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke on Wednesday and is leading the Golden Jock competition with 4 points. After four events Nick Fanslau is 2nd with 17, and Pat Thompson is 3rd with 21 points. Unfortunately, after swimming the 100 freestyle, last year's junior class champion Steve Fleming could not continue the competition due to pain from a sprained ankle. Click here to view the Golden Jock records and the detailed results of the competition. At the request of Ms. Butterweck, the girls' Ms. Versatility time trial results will be posted after the competition is over.

Dominick Szabo breaks two records on the kick-off day of the Golden Jock competition
North Penn senior Dominick Szabo improved three one hundredth of a second on Matt Krystopa's 1991 record of 48.91 in the 100 freestyle. Matt Gibson finished second, Justin and Nicholas Fanslau third and fourth. All three swam under 52 seconds. In the 100 breaststroke Szabo broke his own record of 1:00.50. The new record is 59.60. In this event freshman Nicholas Fanslau finished second. Full results will be posted as soon as they become available. Click here for the Golden Jock records.



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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' Association. It 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
Firestone 1:35.93
Shaker Heights 1:39.13
200 Freestyle
Ketchum, Sycamore 1:40.42
Mimmier, St. Ign. 1:42.71
200 IM
Bartel, Avon Lake 1:52.96
Ketchum, Sucamore 1:56.28
Gangloff, Firestone 1:56.45
50 Freestyle
Singleton, Shawnee, 21.51
Jones, Berea, 285.45
Klinert, St. Ign. 238.21
100 Butterfly
Gangloff, Firestone, 51.35
Bartel, Avon Lake, 51.47
100 Freestyle
Mimmier, St. Ign. 46.45
Gangloff, Firestone, 47.16
500 Freestyle
Torpey, Hawken, 4:36.52
Kirk, Hawken, 4:36.82
200 Free Relay
St. Ignatius, 1:30.38
100 Backstroke
Jones, Firestone, 52.31
Gangloff, Firestone, 52.97
100 Breaststroke
Zucca, Hudson, 59.27
Jimmison, Shaker H. 1:00.29
400 Free Relay
St. Ignatius 3:15.75

College decisions
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 Championship




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1998 summer swimming and fall water polo
1997-98 season