Several area Catholic schools headed up to Philadelphia over the weekend for National Catholics – a meet at Villanova that pits some of the top programs from the East Coast.
Holy Cross finished fourth, while Seton School (6th), Bishop Ireton (8th) and O’Connell (10th) also placed.
On the boys’ side, Baltimore’s Loyola Blakefield took the title with 430 points, with Georgetown Prep finishing second with 299 and Gonzaga taking fifth with 175 points. Good Counsel (7th), Bishop Ireton (8th) and Seton School (11th) also placed.
University of Georgia-bound Hill, who was named the boys’ most valuable swimmer, won the 200 freestyle title in an automatic All-American time of 1:38.54, the area’s fastest time this season. Ireton senior Angus MacDonald finished third in the event, falling just shy of automatic All-American with a consideration time of 1:41.95.
Georgetown Prep All-Met senior Matt Thomas finished fifth in 1:45.17.
Hill continued his strong night in the 500 freestyle, turning in an automatic All-American time of 4:27.19, again the fastest in the area this year, and 12 seconds ahead of O’Connell junior Ian Decker’s All-American consideration time of 4:39.40.
Hill’s two swims set National Catholics records, including snapping the 500 freestyle record set in 1977 by Olympian Bobby Hackett — who won a silver medal in Montreal in 1976.
“He swam in prelims and said if he felt good he was going to try to go for it,” Seton Coach Jim Koehr said. “And he kind of went for it but he just got a late start. He went back for the finals and just really went for it and it was clear from the beginning that he was going to get it just from his early splits.”
Rogers was named the girls’ most valuable swimmer after picking up wins in the 200 and 500 freestyle. She opened her night with a time of 1:53.60 in the 200, narrowly out-touching the second-place finisher by just 0.19 seconds. In the 500, Rogers turned in an All-American consideration time of 5:01.88.
Conger also took home two titles from the meet. The freshman won both the 100 backstroke and the 200 individual medley – beginning what many felt would be a breakout year for the Falcons’ young star.
Conger went an All-American consideration 52.12 in the 100 back – ahead of Georgetown Prep’s Jonathan Ekstrom (AAC – 52.86) – and turned in an automatic All-American time of 1:53.63 in the 200 IM, again besting Ekstrom’s 1:54.02, also an automatic All-American cut.
Other standout performances included Good Counsel All-Met sophomore Sarah Haase, who finished second in the 50 freestyle with a time of 24.58 behind St. John’s sophomore Morgan Whyte, who went 24.47. Haase also took the crown in the 100 freestyle in 53.02.
St. John’s junior Amina Wilson finished third in the 100 free with a time of 54.91.
Good Counsel went one-two in the 200 IM as freshman Anna Kolanowski took the title in 2:12.72 followed by Mills at 2:13.13.
St. John’s 200 freestyle relay of Wilson, Whyte, Joanna Ladas and Madeline Warner won the title in 1:40.63, while Good Counsel’s 400 free relay of Catherine Mulquin, Kolanowski, Jordan Martinko and Haase won in 3:36.78.
The Falcons 200 medley relay of Mills, Rivera, Kolanowski and Katherine Cleary also took the title in 1:52.24, ahead of Bishop Ireton and Holy Cross.
Ireton’s MacDonald won the 100 butterfly in an All-American consideration time of 51.39, while Georgetown Prep’s Thomas took third in the 100 freestyle in 47.43.