Bethlehem Press

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Northwest drops swim meet to Trident

Thursday, August 3, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Northwest’s last regular season swim meet ended in a 280-211 loss to Trident on July 18 at Northwest, but the boys’ team had its share of victories in anticipation of its upcoming championships meet.

Corbin Eisenhardt, Malcolm Collins, Patrick Gilhool, and Tim Wetmore combined to win the 12 & under 200 medley relay with a time of 2:41.01.

“I usually do best at back and free, but I did my best in all of them,” said Eisenhardt. “I have a lot of friends on different teams, and [I’m looking forward to] swimming against them at championships.”

Roman Herman took first place in the 9-10 50 freestyle with a time of 34.11, and Ben Stuckey won the 15 & over 100 free with a time of 57.37.

Herman also won the 9-10 25 butterfly with a time of 18.01, and Patrick Gilhool placed first in the 11-12 50 fly with a time of 32.43.

In the 9-10 25 backstroke, Andre Negron came in first with a time of 22.35. Gilhool was first in the 11-12 50 back with a time of 36.94, and Addison Collins was first in the 13-14 50 back with a time of 33.35.

Herman was a repeat winner in the 9-10 25 breaststroke with a time of 20.71, and Malcolm Collins won the 11-12 50 breaststroke in 47.54.

Earlier in the summer swim season, Spencer Smith broke a record in a retired event, the 15 & over 100 butterfly, with a time of 58.4.

“It’s a lot easier to focus on getting better in the summer and taking a break from working really, really hard [during the high school swim season],” said Smith. “I focus on my technique in the summer, and dropping time, and I like having other coaches and helping out with the younger kids.”

Smith called Northwest assistant coach Herm Rij “a ton of motivation.”

“He emphasizes effort and not necessarily winning, which I respect, and it’s hard to do well, and he highlights that,” Smith said. “In summer swimming, the fun aspect allows you to get back into it when it comes to winter.”