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Willowood’s Summer Swim Season Ends at Mid-Caps

The 2018 summer swim season finally came to an end for the Willowood Bluefins on Saturday, July 28, with the Mid-Caps swim meet at Spring Grove High School, pitting the top swimmers from the Mid-Penn Swim League against the Capital Area Swim League. Though the Bluefins had no wins, they did walk away with 15 top-ten finishes in the individual events. Morgan Conway had the top overall finish for Willowood, taking second in the 11-12 girls 50-meter breaststroke. She also placed ninth in the 100-meter individual medley and was apart of the eighth-place 200-meter freestyle relay team with Stephanie Hall, Kylie Wilkinson and Tessa Cronin. Wilkinson was also 12th in the 50-meter backstroke and 14th in the 100-meter freestyle, while Hall was 16th in the 50-meter freestyle.

Trevor Nolen had the top finish for the 11-12 boys, placing ninth in the 50-meter backstroke. Nathan Erickson finished 14th in the 50-meter freestyle, Max Mikula was 15th in the 50-meter breaststroke and Braden Newsome was 16th in the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley. The four also took fourth in the 200-meter freestyle relay.

Sarah Dougherty finished with two third-place finishes for the 8-and-under division in the girls 25-meter freestyle and 25-meter backstroke, tying with Bryn Rosenbach of Hanover in the latter. She also finished second alongside Sonoma Shull, Jordyn Cronin and Mackenzie Shubert in the 100-meter freestyle relay. Elsewhere, Shubert took seventh in the 25-meter breaststroke, while Cronin tied for 10th in the 25-meter breaststroke and also finished 14th in the 25-meter butterfly. Barrett Newsome was the lone boy swimmer for Willowood, taking 14th in the 25-meter breaststroke.

Both Tyler Wilkinson and Daniel Mueser earned fourthplace finishes for the 15-andover boys, the former in the 100-meter freestyle and the latter in the 50-meter butterfly. Wilkinson also took fifth in the 50-meter backstroke, and Mueser was ninth in the 50-meter freestyle. The two also finished fifth in the 200-meter medley relay with Sam and Ben Azzalina; the latter was also sixth in the 100-meter freestyle.

Riley Runnels didn’t do quite as well as he did in divisionals and All-Stars for the Mid-Penn Swim League, where he won the 13-14 boys 50-meter backstroke. At Mid-Caps, he fell down to seventh in the event, also finishing 14th in the 100-meter freestyle. Additionally, he, Andrew Donahue, Nevin Rutherford and Ethan Hall were fourth in the 200-meter medley relay. Donahue also finished 14th in the 50-meter backstroke. For the 13-14 girls, Gabriella Dabbs was ninth in the 100-meter freestyle and 14th in the 50-meter butterfly, while Sierra Kapcsos was 13th in the 50-meter breaststroke. The two finished eighth in the 200-meter medley relay alongside Megan Handshew and Genevieve McDonald.

Hailey Dougherty was able to get seventh in the 9-10 girls 50-meter butterfly, while Olivia Kapcsos finished 11th in the 50-meter breaststroke and 14th in the 50-meter freestyle. The two also finished fifth in the 200-meter medley relay with Audra Kuntz and Josephine Sirinides. The only 9-10 boys entry for Willowood was the 200-meter freestyle relay of Reid Gilmore, Benji Myers, Felix Mikula and Logan Conway, who placed third.

The Bluefins have a large number of swimmers who finished in the top 20 times for the Mid-PennSwim League across the summer 2018 season. Inthe 15-and-over division, Oliviah Rachael was the

lone girls swimmer for Willowood who made the list, ranking in the top 20 for the 50-meter butterfly (fifth), 50-meter freestyle (sixth), 100-meter individual medley (15th) and 100-meter freestyle (16th). For the 15-and-over boys, Daniel Mueser scored three top-10 times in the 50-meter butterfly (second), 50-meter freestyle (fourth) and 100-meter freestyle (10th). Tyler Wilkinson was second in the 50-meter backstroke, third in the 100-meter freestyle and 12th in the 100-meter individualmedley, while Ben Azzalina was seventh in the 100-meter freestyle, 15th in the 50-meter freestyle and 17th in the 50-meter backstroke. Sam Azzalina and Aedan Wilkinson were 18th and 19th in the 50-meter breaststroke, respectively.

Gabriella Dabbs led the 13-14 girls with three top-20 times in the 100-meter freestyle (sixth), 50-meter butterfly (eighth) and 50-meter freestyle (19th). Sierra Kapcsos had the lone top-five time in the 50-meter breaststroke. Megan Handshew (10th in the 50-meter backstroke, 19th in the 100-meter individual medley) and Genevieve Mc-Donald (14th in the 50-meter freestyle, 17th in the 50-meter butterfly) each had two. Madison Conway was also 14th in the 50-meter breaststroke. Riley Runnels had the top finish overall in the 13-14 division, getting the fourth best time in the boys 50-meter backstroke. He was also 14th in the 50-meter freestyle and 16th in the 100-meter freestyle. Additionally, Andrew Donahue was 14th in the 50-meter breaststroke and 17th in the 50-meter backstroke.

In the 11-12 division, Morgan Conway and Everett Rachael each had four top-20 times. The former had the best time in the girls 50-meter breaststroke, the only such example for Willowood. She also got seventh in the 100-meter individual medley and 13th in both the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle. The latter’s four times were all in the top ten, tied for the most of any Bluefin: sixth in both the boys 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter individual medley, seventh in the 50-meter freestyle and ninth in the 50-meter butterfly.

Elsewhere for the 11-12 division, Braden Newsome was 19th in both the boys 100-meter freestyle and 50-meter backstroke, as well as 20th in the 100-meter individual medley. Trevor Nolen and Max Mikula were fifth and 17th in the boys 50-meter breaststroke, respectively. For the girls, Kylie Wilkinson tied for eighth in the 50-meter backstroke and also got 15th in the 100-meter freestyle.

For the 9-10 division, Hailey Dougherty had five top-20 times in the girls 50-meter backstroke (third), 50-meter butterfly (fourth), 100-meter individual medley (eighth), 100-meter freestyle (12th) and 50-meter freestyle (13th), the most of any Willowood swimmer. Olivia Kapcsos (10th in the 50-meter breaststroke, 16th in the 50-meter freestyle) and Noa Williams (10th in the 50-meter freestyle, 19th in the 100-meter freestyle) each had two, while Mallory Readinger (15th inthe 50-meter breaststroke) had one. For the boys, Logan Conway scored three top-20 times in the 50-meter breaststroke (10th), 100-meter freestyle (17th) and 100-meter individual medley (19th). Landon Henry was also 15th in the 50-meter breaststroke.

In the 8-and-under division, two of the girls had five top-20 times: Sarah Dougherty (second in the 25-meter backstroke, third in the 25-meter freestyle, fourth in the 100-meter individual medley, seventh in the 25-meter butterfly, 11th in the 25-meter breaststroke) and Jordyn Cronin (sixth in the 25-meter breaststroke, seventh in the 100-meter individual medley, 13th in the 25-meterbutterfly, 14th in the 25-meter freestyle, 15th in the 25-meter backstroke). Dougherty was also tied for the most top-10 times on the team. Mackenzie

Shubert (third in the 100-meter individual medley, fifth in the 25-meter breaststroke, 13th in the 25-meter freestyle, 16th in the 25-meter butterfly) added four top-20 times as well, while Sonoma Shull (16th in the 25-meter backstroke, tied for 20th in the 25-meter freestyle) and Evelyn Kuntz (15th in the 100-meter individual medley) both made the top 20. Barrett Newsome (fourth in the 100-meter individual medley, 11th in the 25-meter breaststroke, 16th in the 25-meter backstroke and 25-meter butterfly, 19th in the 25-meter freestyle) was the lone 8-and-under boy to qualify, though he did have five top-20 times of his own.

Willowood will be parting ways with six of their senior swimmers, who all have graduated from high school: Jake Cavender, Erin Kraskewicz, Emily Mikula, Daniel Mueser, Oliviah Rachael and Tyler Wilkinson.

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