Boys finish second
After winning the Southern Division league title, the North Penn girls outplayed their opponents at the state championship as well. In the final they convincingly beat arch rival and last year's state champion Cumberland Valley 14 to 8. During the ceremonies six girls received All-State honors. They are Denise Labold, Laura DiLuigi, and Andrea Umlauf (first team); Monica Hachen and Melanie McManus (second team); and Ashley Jernigan (third team).
The boys, who also won their league title, beat Governor Mifflin in overtime (sudden death) 11 - 10 and advanced into the final. There, however, they could not resist the undefeated Wilson's super performance and lost 13 - 3. Early in the game Steve Fleming suffered a facial injury and could not continue to play. Five boys were selected into various All-State teams: Jeremy Bergman and Steve Phillabaum (first team); Chris Craig (second team); Jason Grubb (third team); and Derek Meyerson (honorable mention).
and meter times just out
Steve Fleming is now listed 16th in the country in the100 yard backstroke and is 13th in long course meters. Steve achieved his qualifying time at Junior Nationals. North Penn's 400 meter free relay is 14th, and Dominick Szabo, Matt Gibson, Steve Pasquale, and Chris Houchins are listed as team members (the time entered may have been swum at MIDS this past summer).
NP is 7th in the 800 yard free relay (Craig, Fleming, Szabo, Bergman), and the medley relay (Fleming, Szabo, Bergman, Craig) is 3rd in the 400 yard event.
Olympic gold and silver medalist Jeremy Linn (Harrisburg) and World Champion Kristy Kowal (Reading) are both from Pennsylvania. We also had Anita Nall, Julie Krail, and Scott Troy. Now the new top 16 list reveals that the state is dominating on the 15-16 age group level as well. Four out of the top five nationally ranked male swimmers in the 100 yard breaststroke are from Pennsylvania. They are: Brendan Hansen, Haverford (#1), Kyle Salyards, Lancaster (#3), Kyle Hendricks, Philadelphia Department of Recreation (#4), and Dominick Szabo, North Penn (#5).
Joe Szabo was able to talk to Kyle Hendricks on Saturday, October 31. This itself is great news as Kyle could not speak for weeks after the tragic accident in the PDR pool. He is in excellent spirit, but still paralyzed from the waist down. He says that his doctors are optimistic about his chances of a full recovery. Kyle will stay at Magee, 1513 Race St., in Philadelphia for about another month.
Three North Penn swimmers at the Middle Atlantic Fall Classic Senior Meet
531 swimmers from four states (New York, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) participated in the Middle Atlantic Fall Classic at the Gloucester County Institute of Technology. North Penn was represented by three boys. The results are as follows:
Dominck Szabo won
the 100 yard breaststroke (1:00.50) and placed 6th in the 200 IM (2:02.52);
Steve Fleming finished 3rd in the 200 back (1:58.86) and 11th in
the 100 free (51.46);
North Penn girls win state qualifier
North Penn had an outstanding weekend at the 1998 state qualifier in the Governor Mifflin High School pool winning over Souderton (11:1), Wilson (7:5) and in the final defeating the 1997 State Champion Cumberland Valley (5:3). Congratulations!
NP girls beat Wilson while boys suffer their second defeat in the season
Monica Hachen was punched in the face, sustained eye injuries and became disoriented during a close game with the Wilson girls. Wilson led early in the game 1:0 and later 5:3, but North Penn came back and secured a 9:7 victory over their recently much improved opponent.
The boys were also caught off guard in the first period as the Bulldogs obtained a 5:0 lead in little over three minutes into the game. Those five goals made the difference as both teams scored four goals each in the remaining three and a half quarters. The final score was 9:4.
Tragedy in a Philadelphia pool
Tragedy struck a long-time competitor of North Penn's Dominick Szabo. PDR (Philadelphia Department of Recreation) star Gerald Kyle Hendricks, one of the most promising African-American swimmers in the United States, seriously injured himself while attempting to dive over several lane lines from the side of the pool. One of his arms got caught in a line and he flipped over into the bottom crushing his skull and injuring his back in the shallow, three feet deep, water. He is not able to speak and is paralyzed from the waist down. Hendricks is ranked 3rd, just ahead of Dominick Szabo in the 100 yard breaststroke among the 15-16 year olds in the United States. They last competed against each other just this past August at the Junior Nationals in Buffalo, New York. Hendricks beat Dominick in the 200 meter breaststroke, while Dominick came in ahead of him in the 100. He was scheduled to participate in a Gold Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Spring November 12-15. He is currently at Thomas Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. Cards can be sent to his home address at 6808 Lincoln Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19119.
(15-16 Age Group)
respectively, and they teamed up with Chris Craig and Jeremy Bergman
to place in the 400 medley and the 800 free relays.
Dominick Szabo medals,
The small, four men, North Penn contingent swam very well and collected 28 points at the Northeast Junior National Championships in Buffalo, New York. Dominick Szabo finished 7th in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:08.20. He swam faster in the preliminaries clocking a lifetime best of 1:07.30. Steve Fleming also swam a personal best in the 100 meter backstroke with a 1:00.17 and finished 9th in this event. Jeremy Bergman's outstanding 100 meter freestyle, timed at 53.97, was good for a 10th place finish. Both the 400 and 800 free relays (3:40.83 and 8:08.24 respectively, and swum by Chris Craig, Jeremy Bergman, Dominick Szabo, and Steve Fleming) came in 17th, while the 400 medley relay clocked a Junior National qualifying time of 4:03.06, which would have been good for 8th place, had the team not been disqualified.
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The latest age group rankings have been posted on the USS site.
|Steve Fleming won the 100 backstroke
in a decisive performance at the 8th Annual Spring Fling organized by the
Jersey Wahoos at the Gloucester Institute of Technology in New Jersey. Jeremy Bergman came in 4th in the 50 free, Stephen Pasquale placed 6th in the 50 freestyle,
and Chris Craig finished 8th in the
The following times have been achieved by North Penn swimmers at the meet:
100 backstroke: Steve Fleming 1:01.72; Chris Craig 1:08.58; Stephen Pasquale 1:09.30; Matt Gibson 1:12.94; and Jon Faikish 1:15.64. 100 breaststroke: Tim Kronstain 1:18.52; Chris Craig 1:19.60. 50 freestyle: Jeremy Bergman 26.00; Stephen Pasquale 26.36; Chris Craig 26.96; Steve Fleming 27.14; Jon Faikish 27.19; Tim Kronstain 27.54. Matt Gibson was disqualified for false start. 200 freestyle: Chris Craig 2:06.02; Jeremy Bergman 2:07.28; Steve Fleming 2:08.25; Stephen Pasquale 2:12.03; and Jon Faikish 2:17.78.