NP Girls are State Champions!
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).


Top 16 corrections
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.


Pennsylvania dominates the breaststroke

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).

Click here to see the rankings in all events


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);
Chris Craig was 5th in the 500 (4:53.58), 6th in the 100 (50.28), and 8th in the 200 free (1:50.06).


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.


National Top 16 Achievers
(15-16 Age Group)

Steve Fleming and Dominick Szabo made Top 16 in the backstroke and the breaststroke
respectively, and they teamed up with Chris Craig and Jeremy Bergman
to place in the 400 medley and the 800 free relays.




North Penn Boys Beat Annapolis and Greenwich at The Bulldog Classic
and finish 3rd overall

The NP boys had their work cut out at the 1998 Bulldog Classic tournament in Reading, where they faced three outstanding teams from Ohio, Maryland, and Connecticut. The boys had their best appearance in this annual tournament with two wins and only one loss to Ohio State Champion St. Francis who in the final were beaten by Wilson only in overtime. See the full results below.
North Penn vs. Annapolis (Maryland): 16 - 15 (four overtimes!)
Wilson (PA) vs. Governor Mifflin (PA): 15 - 5
St. Francis (Ohio) vs. Annapolis: 11 - 8
Greenwich (Connecticut) vs. Governor Mifflin: 13 - 10
North Penn vs. St. Francis: 6 - 10
Wilson vs. Greenwich: 11 - 4
5th Place:
Annapolis vs. Governor Mifflin: 9 - 8
3rd Place:
North Penn vs. Greenwich: 9 - 8
1st Place:
Wilson vs. St. Francis: 15 - 13 (overtime)

Click here to see the North Penn boys' stats.




North Penn Boys Win the Souderton
Kick-off Tournament with Ease
The Girls' Team finishes 3rd

The NP boys scored 39 goals in three games, while the girls had a very close game
with state champion Cumberland Valley. Click here for the
boys and girls results.


1997-98 First Team All-America Honors
 Place  Name  Event Score
 8th  Steve Bohner  1 Meter Diving 541.60

1997-98 First Team All-America Honors
 Place  Name  Event  Time
 10th  Dominick Szabo  100 Breaststroke 56.98 
 24th  Craig/Fleming/Szabo/Bergman  400 Free Relay 3:10.14 
 24th  Fleming/Szabo/Craig/McPeak  200 Medley Relay 1:36.14 

1997-98 All-America Honorable Mention
 Place  Name  Event  Time
 42nd  McPeak/Pasquale/Kronstain/Bergman  200 Free Relay 1:26.93 
 48th  Steve Fleming  100 Backstroke 51.98 
 53rd  Jeremy Bergman  200 Freestyle 1:42.50 
 58th   Dominick Szabo  200 Ind. Medley  1:54.71 

1997-98 Academic All-America Honors
 Alissa Moser  Daniel Bishop
 Douglas Phillabaum Lee Rappaport


among the 15-16 year old breaststrokers
(SCY) in the United States.

Jeremy Bergman
, [100 (47.04) and 200 (1:42.50) free], Steve Fleming, [100 back (51.98)], and
Dominick Szabo, [200 IM (1:54.71)] also have times that fall within the top 25,
but for one reason or another are not recognized.
Click here to see the rankings in all events


Dominick Szabo medals,
Steve Fleming wins the consols, and Jeremy Bergman comes in second in the consols at the Northeast Junior Nationals in Buffalo, New York

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.



High School Long Course
15-18 Boys

North Penn webmaster Joe Szabo compiled a list of top 16 high school world rankings in five basic events (100 free, fly, back, breast and 200 IM). Sources used for compiling the rankings were various international competitions, including the United States and European Junior National Championships, and the top 100 open world rankings.

100 meter Freestyle
100 meter Butterfly
100 meter Backstroke
100 meter Breaststroke
200 meter Individual Medley



National Dual Meet Team Ranking

 The North Penn Boys are
1st in Pennsylvania, and
2nd in the Nation!

After finishing 5th the year before, the North Penn High School Boys Swim Team finished 2nd in the country in the 1997-98 season in a nationwide evaluation of public high schools based on power points. The system was developed to compare the strength and depth of high schools on a national level. In a listing that includes data from both public and independent schools with swimming programs, North Penn is ranked 1st in Pennsylvania, and 6th in the United States. In a combined ranking of boys and girls, the North Penn High School is 23rd in the U.S.A. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, there were more than 220,000 student athletes participating in high school swimming and diving during the 1997-1998 school year. These students represent over 5,500 high schools throughout the United States.

Boys National Top 10 Public High School Ranking

 School City   State  Coach
 5687  Pioneer  Ann Arbor  MI  Dennis Hill
2   5526   North Penn  Lansdale  PA  Bill Bartle
 5452  Mission Viejo  Mission Viejo  CA  Mike Petton
 5427  Carmel  Carmel  IN  Tony Young
 5405  St. Charles  St. Charles  IL  Joe Czbel
 5334  New Trier  Winnetka  IL   Mark Onstott
 5321  Clear Lake  Houston  TX  Tom Landgraf
 5248  Cypress Creek  Houston  TX  John Webb
 5242  Dr. Phillips  Orlando  FL  Bruce Follensbee
10   5192  Tom C. Clark  San Antonio  TX  Todd Erickson

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The latest
Top 16 rankings!

The latest age group rankings have been posted on the USS site.
Under the 15-16 age category among the listed are Jeremy Bergman, Chris Craig, Steve Fleming, Dominick Szabo, and even North Penn alumni Judsen Schneider's name is there.



Click here to see all age 15-16 rankings

Dominick Szabo (15) participated in the Hungarian Junior Nationals (age limit was 18) in Hajdúszoboszló. Dominick, who did not taper for this meet, finished fifth in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.47.


Stephen Fleming
wins big at the season's first long course invitational

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 200 free.

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.