It’s been another strong year for the Severna Park swim team, which will look to continue its streak of top results at the county championship meet on February 8.
Celebrating senior night on January 25, Severna Park’s boys (8-0) remained undefeated and stacked up a trio of wins, defeating Broadneck, South River and Old Mill at Arundel Olympic Swim Center in Annapolis. Severna Park’s girls moved to 6-2 despite suffering their first two losses of the season, falling narrowly to Broadneck and losing to South River in addition to beating Old Mill.
The Falcons have a total of 40 swimmers on the roster — 20 boys and 20 girls — and of the 40, 27 are underclassmen. First-year head coach John Bachkosky spoke proudly of the continued success of the program, particularly the boys team, which has not lost a meet since the 2015-2016 season.
“I am extremely proud of how the older swimmers have helped teach the younger ones by example,” said Bachkosky. “They present themselves with class and represent our school in a way that would make any Falcon proud. I am also extremely proud of the effort the younger swimmers have put in to improve. It bodes well for next year and beyond to see so many of them driven to be the best they can be.”
Highlights were many on January 25 and foreshadow what the Falcons hope will be a winning effort at counties.
Tyler Moran was a multiple event winner for Severna Park; he won the 200-yard freestyle in 1:50.61 ahead of Broadneck’s Gabe Kott and also claimed the 100 backstroke in 56.62 seconds. Kyle Cannon took first in the 100 free and second in the 50 free. Charles Pitta won the 500 free ahead of teammate Henry Wright. Matthew Dalton placed second in the 200 individual medley, and Pitta placed third. Andrew Gillespie was third in the 100 butterfly. In the 100 breaststroke, Dalton was second and Gillespie was third. Jack Maloy was third in the 100 back.
The boys 200 medley relay team of Maloy, Dalton, Pitta and Gillespie placed first, as did the boys 200 free relay team of Gillespie, Maloy, Moran and Cannon. Cannon, Pitta, Dalton and Moran placed first in the 400 free.
On the girls side, Severna Park’s Allyson Lee won the 100 free in 58.1 seconds, and she also took third in the 50 free. Allyson Troy was second in the 100 back. Sophie Patz placed third in the 200 IM, and Kate Myers was fourth. Patz was third in the 100 breast. Myers was second in the 500 free, and Chloe Wright was third. Kylie Emrich was fourth in the 100 fly. Madison McNutt was fourth in the 100 back.
The 200 free relay team of Troy, Emma Patenaude, Sophia Dutton and Lee placed second.
Broadneck’s Caitlin Deitch won the 200 free in 2:03.48 and placed second in the 50 free, an event won by South River standout Lauren Poole. The Bruins’ Brayden Bowen was first in the 100 fly and placed second in the 200 IM. Kim Horn was second in the 100 free and third in the 100 back.
Broadneck’s boys got several standout performances as well. Matt Cembrano won the 50 free in 22.9 seconds, and teammate Hunter Fulton was third. Cembrano was also fastest in the 100 fly, placing first in 53.09 seconds.