Fallston rolls to crown

Boys Swimming

February 10, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special To The Sun

The Fallston boys won the first five events and never looked back, breezing to their fourth-consecutive victory in the Harford County swimming championship meet last night at Magnolia Middle School.

Fallston's girls had taken their team title on Thursday night, and the boys' victory gave the Cougars the combined team crown for the third-straight year.

The Cougars had little trouble last night, winning nine of the 11 events on their way to scoring 417.5 points, easily beating second-place Havre de Grace (192). Fallston had a combined score of 711.5 for the boys and girls, far ahead of runner-up North Harford (403.5).

"We had that depth," said Jeff DeHart, who coaches Fallston with Sheri Huppenthal. "We had three or four swimmers in every single event, and that helps. They had this goal in their minds all year."

Fallston started the meet by winning the 200 medley relay in 1 minute, 47.27 seconds, beating North Harford by nearly five seconds. Nick Sakell captured the 200 freestyle (1:49.75), Paul Zoli then won the 200 individual medley (2:09.04) and Jack Gottschalk took the 50 freestyle (22.55).

"We love swimming, and we taking swimming to a whole different level," Sakell said.

Bradley Huppenthal finished the run by taking the 100 butterfly (58.62). Havre de Grace's Jeff Riley ended the streak in the 100 freestyle by edging Fallston's David Zablocki.

Riley was the only non-Fallston swimmer to win any event. He got his second win in the 100 backstroke (58.27) Both Sakell and Gottschalk won twice in individual events and twice more in relays. Sakell later captured the 500 freestyle in 4:58.02, beating second-place finisher Nick Baxter from C. Milton Wright by 33.06 seconds.

Gottschalk's second win came in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.08). Sakell and Gottschalk also swam on the 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays and each finished the night with four gold medals.

In addition, Fallston closed the night by breaking the meet record in that 400 freestyle relay, winning in 3:28.27.

The Cougars are hoping to fare just as well in the regional and state meets later this month.

"Our goal is to win that first-ever state championship," Sakell said.

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