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PHOENIXVILLE

SWIMMING

Head coach: Dan Weinstein (1st year), former assistant to Ty Bailey for the past six years.

Last years record: 1-6 PAC-10

BOYS: The boys lost district qualifiers Sean Daugherty and Shae Ferguson to graduation. They will be led by senior Jake Luzins in sprinte freestyle events. Juniors Hunter Lang and Bobby Newman will be heavily relied on in stroke events. Sophomores Jan Aclan and Josh Ziev will bring strong leadership and diverse swimming skill sets to both sprint and distance events. Freshman Jack Thomspon will make an immediate impact to the team.

GIRLS: All four members of the state-qualifying 200 medley relay are returning to a strong squad that hopes to make it three years in a row at states. That relay includes senior Erin McElwee, senior Devonne Moore, junior Shawna Moore and senior Eileen Butler. The Phoenixville girls were the lone Class AA representatives at Bucknell University for states last winter came in seventh place.

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Key Returnees: Seniors Erin McElwee (back), Devonne Moore (breast)and Eileen Butler (free) lead a deep pack of seniors that also includes Katie Cabot (free), Shannan McErlean (free), Julie McNabb (free) and Maddi Fritsche (breast). Juniors Shawna Moore (fly) and Ashley Sierzega (IM) lead that class. Sophomores include Molly Shannon (free), Caylin Jenkins (free), Jess Bennick (fly) and Katelyn Fritsche (breast). Freshmen are Olivia Hage and Katie McErlean, who hope to make an immediate impact on the team.

SPRING-FORD

GIRLS SWIMMING

Head coach: Bob Sieracki, 8th year.

Last years record: 4-3 PAC-10, 7-5 overall.

Swimmers to watch: Seniors Kayla Dwyer (breast, free), Morgan Wilkins (back, free). Juniors Maddy Zimmerman (fly, sprint free), Meghan Lui (sprint free), Ali Anderscavage (distance free), Isabella Cieri (free). Sophomores Kelly Darlington (IM, breast), Jesse Zajac (back, free). Freshmen Rebecca Cubbler (free), Halle kiel (free), Julia Pavolv (free, fly), GTrace Cieri (breast, free).

Outlook: The Rams suffered a big loss in Erin Seiler, but they still have their standout Maddy Zimmerman back. Zimmerman captured a bronze medal in the 10 butterfly at states last year. The Rams have a young nucleus and are looking to impropve in their overall dual meet standings and in the PAC-10 conference.

BOYS SWIMMING

Head coach: Bob Sieracki, 8th year.

Last years record: 2-5 PAC-10, 5-11 overall.

Key swimmers: seniors R.J. Sheldon (sprint free), Nate Darlington (IM, breast), Jason Cushman (sprint free), Tyler Cushman (back, fly), Brandon Sullivan (fly, IM), Tommy Todd (distance free, back, fly) and Rajan Shah (back, free); sophomores Ethan DArcangelo (IM, back), Zach Sparano (free, back), Channing Ryan (free), Dan Baker (sprint free); and freshmen Cameron Hilliard (IM, free) and Nicholas Pompizzi (free).

Outlook: Rams are loaded with experienced seniors and a number of good sophomores with a year of experience under their belts. Spring-Ford figures to be back on the rise after a rebuilding year last season.

WRESTLING

Head coach: Tim Seislove, 14th year.

Last years record: 22-4 overall, 8-1 PAC-10.

Returning wrestlers: 103-Nick Suero, junior (10-26); 126-Sean Hennessey, senior (33-12, regional qualifier); 138-Adam Dombrosky (27-20, regional qualifier); 145-Frank Krause, sophomore (6-2); Ben Schein, senior; 160-Jon Cooper, sophomore (10-12); 171-Tyler McGuigan, senior (38-16, 5th in region); 195-Nick Perry, junior (5-3); 225-Mason Romano, junior (23-20), district qualifier); hwt-Josh Boyer, junior (16-11); Zachary Dorsey, sophomore (11-8).

Outlook: The Rams are working to fill 14 weight classes and be competitive in the PAC-10 again.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Mike Young, 8th year.

Last years record: 11-2 PAC-10, 14-11 overall.

Postseason: The Rams beat Pope John Paul II in PAC-10 semifinals; lost to Methacton in PAC-10 championship game; and lost to Penn Wood in first round of District 1 playoffs.

Key losses to graduation: Ryan OHara, Josh Dishman, Ryan Keefe, Darryl Branch, Andrew Scanlan.

Returnees: Zameer McDowell, senior, 6-5 center, 1st team All-PAC-10, averaged 13 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game; Drew Kakareka, junior, 5-11 guard, averaged 4.0 pints and 2.0 assists per game.

Other players to watch: Seniors-Mike Hilferty, forward; Matt OHara, forward; Justin Deluzio, guard; Charlton Exley, center. Juniors-Gary Hopkins, forward; Brandon Blackburn, guard; Ryan Cass, guard; Josh Tupper, guard; Nick STanek, forward.

Outlook: Strengths include team depth, size, players who can play multiple positions and positive work ethic. Team lacks experience since it lost four starters from last year. There looks to be many players who have worked hard during the offseason and improved their games who are looking to make an impact on the varsity level. The PAC-10 will be as wide open as ever with numerous teams in each division with a realistic chance at making the Final Four and winning the championship.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Head coach: Jeff Rinehimer, 19th year.

Last years record: 13-0 Liberty Division champion, 30-3 overall; PAC-10 champion; District 1-AAAA champion, PIAA-AAAA semifinalist.

Players to watch: Sarah Payonk, Sr., 5-11; Courtney Hinnant, Sr., 5-9; Brittany Moore, Sr., 5-4; Samnmi Haas, Sr., 5-6; Kirsten Landis, Sr., 5-5; Sammy Stipa, Jr., 5-7; Shelby Mueller, Jr., 5-10; Maggie Locke, So., 5-10.

Outlook: The Rams will be a heavy favorite in both division and league with a wealth of experience, talent and depth. Seniors lost to graduation included center Mariah Traywick (Shippensburg University), key reserve guard Nikki Lynch and another sparkplug-type guard in Jaida Burgess. The Rams will play a high-profile non-league schedule against numerous powerful opponents.