The Otters' Kaylee Heims helps propel the girls 11-12 200 medley relay team to a first-place victory by swimming the fly leg of the event in last Thursday's meet.
Although last summer the Upper Perkiomen summer swim team went 0-6, the Otters earned a win at their first home meet of the season this past Thursday by a score of 285-268 against North End.
Head coach Corinne Guntz knew headed into the meet that her team was capable of defeating North End. Before the meet she stated that close results were expected and that the performance between the two teams might be one of the season’s best. Guntz acknowledged the competition would unquestionably be a “fight to the finish.”
The coach’s predictions were extremely accurate. From the very beginning of the meet, Upper Perk and North End alternated first-place finishes. The first race of the meet, the boys 8 and under 100 medley relay was won by Upper Perk, while the girls 8 and under 100 medley relay was taken by North End.
Despite North End setting a new pool record (2:30.60) for the boys 11- and 12-year-old medley relay, Upper Perk continued to push forward in an attempt to overcome the opposing team.
“I know I didn’t come in first, but I still beat my old best time,” said 8-year-old Devin Romanowski.
With swimmers and parents lining the pool cheering, it was announced after the completion of the medley races that Upper Perk and North End were tied at 35 points each. Shortly after, Upper Perk was able to pull ahead by a score of 111-75 following the 21st race.
Although the Otters have the second smallest team in the league with just shy of 150 swimmers on the roster, a large undercurrent of younger swimmers may be attributed to Upper Perk’s newfound success. It is expected that as these swimmers move up in age group, the team’s strength will continue to improve.
Kevin Himmelwright, swimming the backstroke, holds onto a tight second place in the 14-under boys 200 medley relay in the meet against North End.
“The hardest part of the season has been creating unity between the older and younger age groups on the team,” admitted 18-year-old Matt Rose, a seventh year swimmer for the Otters.
While establishing unity may be challenging, Upper Perk appears to be doing a great job.
“We’re doing great this season, we just all get along and work really well together,” commented 15-year-old freestyle and butterfly swimmer Dani Krempasky.
The Otters' season, which began in early May, will continue through the end of July. Their next meet is scheduled to be held tomorrow at the Hillside pool, and the North End Invitational will take place this Saturday.
“I foresee the rest of the season unfolding with vast improvements in swimmers' times and skills,” stated assistant coach Zachary Kibler.