Woodridge wins Division One title Big comeback clinches team’s first crown in many years

By on July 27, 2011

By: BRUCE MORGAN Lititz Record Sports Editor, Staff Writer

Staring at a 99-point deficit at the close of the morning session at the Division-One Swimming Championships last Saturday, Woodridge needed a big comeback if they had any hopes of overtaking Overlook.

Remarkably, they got exactly that … from their youngest swimmers, no less.

The 8-U boys and girls alone combined to earn 98 points in the relays, while Oliver Lance captured a pair of golds in the boys 10-U 25 back (17.67) and 25 breastroke (20.28), Nolan Rucci took first in the boys 8-U 25 breastroke (23.03), and Emma Oberholtzer won the girls 10-U 25 breastroke (19.89), as Woodridge rallied to win the title with 807 total points at Skyline. That was 29.5 points better than long-time powerhouse Overlook (777.5).

Woodridge coach Heidi Cicala said it was sheer elation for the team to capture its first Divisional title in many years. It was another monumental victory for Woodridge just one year after snapping Overlook’s streak of 104 straight wins without a loss.

"Certainly, we’re making great improvements and great strides and it is a result of a lot of hard work and dedicated families," said Cicala, who was quick to credit Overlook for their long tradition of success. "What Overlook has done over the years is tremendous, so it’s a huge step for us."

Woodridge trailed 503-404 after the morning session’s events. But their 8-U swimmers erased that deficit by stepping up in the relays. The 8-U boys had four relays placed in the top nine, accounting for 56 points, while the 8-U girls put four relay teams in the top 10, accounting for 42 more points. Adding to the drama was that the swimmers were making in-water starts at one end of the relays at Skyline’s pool, which was new to the Woodridge swimmers. But they learned quickly.

"What we had to go through to get them disciplined not to leave early or get excited at a championship meet (was big) because we really needed all those points," Cicala said. "So that added a little more excitement."

Cicala also spoke about the great strides that the 8-U swimmers have made this season, noting that many of them were still just learning how to swim the breastroke and butterfly events at the beginning of the season.

"A month ago, I didn’t know where we’d be right now," Cicala said. "You just hoped for the best. The 8-and-unders have just made dramatic progress."

Woodridge also got a big effort from the 9-10 year-old boys in the relays, placing three teams in the top eight spots for 42 total points.

"Add in some outstanding individual performances and the afternoon session accounted for a lot of points," Cicala said. "And this is not easy to do. It’s Division One swimming, it’s a lot of competition, these are young swimmers and they call came through. Every last one of them came through."

Cicala also praised Woodridge’s older swimmers for excellent performances as well. Emma Schouten captured two golds in the 12-U girls 50 free (30.16) and 50 breastroke (38.73) to help lead the way.

"Overall, we had a great swim meet," Cicala said. "We had some outstanding individual performances."

Woodridge’s top relay point scorers in the morning session included the boys 11-12 year-old A and B relays which finished first and fifth, accounting for 44 points. The boys 13-14 year-old A and B relays notched 35 more points with first and fourth-place finishes. Finally, the girls 11-12 year-old A and B relays were first and sixth for 32 points.

When the dust settled, it was enough for Woodridge to capture the Divisional crown.

"We’re just really excited," Cicala said. "You hope for this, but you never know it it’s the year you’re going to be able to do it. Hundreds of kids are swimming to do this, so you just never know. We just hoping for the best at All-Leagues."

The All-League Championships are slated for this Friday and Saturday, July 25-26 at Overlook.

Woodridge’s top-10 finishers at the Division One Championships were as follows:

Girls 11-12 50 Free

1. Emma Schouten, 30.16; 5. Anna Lance, 32.04; 7. Katie Oberholtzer, 32.91.

Boys 11-12 50 Free

1. Keir Uhlin, 30.16; 5. Gabe Cicala, 31.84.

Girls 13-14 50 Free

5. Emily Wyand, 30.22.

Boys 13-14 50 Free

4. Christopher Cicala, 27.98; 7. Tim Greist, 28.69.

Girls 11-12 50 Back

2. Paetyn Zeamer, 37.08; 8. Amber Nissley, 41.34.

Boys 11-12 50 Back

2. Ryan Hohman, 37.69; 7. Stefan Glavce, 41.47.

Girls 13-14 50 Back

8. Hannah Weidman, 39.57; 10. Katie Bruce, 40.69.

Boys 13-14 50 Back

2. Jack Lance, 33.69; 3. Christopher Cicala, 34.02; 6. (tie) Ian Harpel, 37.50; 6. (tie) David Heckel, 37.50.

Boys 15-18 50 Back

8. Cole Cicala, 32.15.

Girls 11-12 50 Breastroke

1. Emma Schouten, 38.73; 4. Lauryn Ober, 40.53.

Boys 11-12 50 Breastroke

2. Gabe Cicala, 43.67; 8. Nate Beard, 47.44.

Girls 13-14 50 Breastroke

3. Danielle de Perrot, 38.34; 8. Emily Wyand, 42.14.

Boys 13-14 50 Breastroke

3. Alex McCord, 37.43; 6. Jack Lance, 39.87; 8. Evan Anthony, 40.23; 9. David Heckel, 40.97.

Girls 15-18 50 Breastroke

4. Maddie Schouten, 37.89; 5. Morgan Heckel, 38.64.

Boys 15-18 50 Breastroke

3. Nick Beard, 32.34.

Girls 11-12 50 Fly

1. Anna Lance, 33.13; 2. Paetyn Zeamer, 33.99; 10. Katie Oberholtzer, 38.41.

Boys 11-12 50 Fly

2. Keir Uhlin, 35.66; 5. Ryan Hohman, 37.69; 9. Stefan Glavce, 42.22.

Girls 13-14 50 Fly

2. Danielle de Perrot, 32.93.

Boys 13-14 50 Fly

4. Tim Griest, 32.31.

Girls 15-18 50 Fly

10. Maddie Schouten, 35.16.

Boys 15-18 50 Fly

7. Cole Cicala, 28.97; 10. Jonathan Zartman, 29.67.

Girls 11-12 200 Free Relay

1. (Anna Lance, Katie Oberholtzer, Paetyn Zeamer, Emma Schouten), 2:07.01; 6. (Talia Bertrando, Elise Landis, Lily Shaffer, Lauryn Ober), 2:26.33.

Boys 11-12 200 Free Relay

1. (Ryan Hohman, Stefan Glavce, Gabe Cicala, Keir Uhlin), 2:09.21; 5. (Cade Uhlin, Nathan Forbes, Eric Matt, Nate Beard), 2:28.15.

Girls 13-14 200 Free Relay

3. (Emily Wyand, Megan Bomba, Hannah Weidman, Danielle de Perrot), 2:09.19; 9. (Woodridge B Relay), 2:21.17.

Boys 13-14 200 Free Relay

1. (Tim Griest, Ian Harpel, Jack Lance, Christopher Cicala), 1:54.89; 4. (Evan Anthony, David Lucas, David Heckel, Alex McCord), 2:05.59.

Girls 15-18 200 Free Relay

7. (Maddie Schouten, Sarah Cunliffe, Samantha Kimmel, Morgan Heckel), 2:08.69.

Boys 15-18 200 Free Relay

4. (Cole Cicala, Nick Beard, Justin Mitchell, Jonathan Zartman), 1:47.19; 7. (John McQuaig, Cody Kimmel, Ryan Bertrando, Ryan Mitchell), 1:55.22.

Girls 8-U 25 Free

2. Anna Smith, 18.80; 3. Alayna Thompson, 18.94.

Boys 8-U 25 Free

2. Nolan Rucci, 17.56; 5. Owen Campbell, 19.38; 6. David Woolley, 19.56.

Girls 9-10 25 Free

4. Brina Uhlin, 16.67.

Boys 9-10 25 Free

2. Hayden Rucci, 15.53; 7. Matthew Woolley, 16.77; 8. Evan Troop, 17.18; 9. Ethan McSparran, 17.38.

Girls 8-U 25 Back

3. Mackenzie Weeks, 23.91; 5. Alayna Thompson, 24.60; 7. Lauren Pyle, 24.84; 10. Lindsay Quinn, 27.76.

Boys 8-U 25 Back

3. Theo Lance, 25.48; 6. Andrew Matt, 27.78; 7. Jonathan Bergh, 28.12; 10. Owen Campbell, 29.25.

Girls 9-10 25 Back

3. Maddie Landis, 21.08; 8. Elizabeth Valudes, 22.95.

Boys 9-10 25 Back

1. Oliver Lance, 17.67; 10. Jonathan Forbes, 22.90.

Girls 8-U 25 Breastroke

2. Lauren Pyle, 25.09; 4. Katherine Bronov, 25.67; 6. Anna Smith, 26.94; 10. Gionna Altenderfer, 29.25.

Boys 8-U 25 Breastroke

1. Nolan Rucci, 23.03; 5. Andrew Matt, 28.63; 7. Nicholas Valudes, 31.25; 8. Jonathan Bergh, 32.06; 9. Theo Lance, 32.50.

Girls 9-10 25 Breastroke

1. Emma Oberholtzer, 19.89; 10. Lily Weidman, 23.73.

Boys 9-10 25 Breastroke

1. Oliver Lance, 20.28; 8. Hayden Rucci, 23.53.

Girls 8-U 25 Fly

2. Mackenzie Weeks, 22.87; 3. Katherine Bronov, 22.90; 4. Gionna Altenderfer, 22.92; 7. Sarah Van Scoten, 23.85.

Boys 8-U 25 Fly

9. Brenden Stuhltrager, 29.48; 10. David Woolley, 30.81.

Girls 9-10 25 Fly

3. Emma Oberholtzer, 17.52.

Boys 9-10 25 Fly

7. Matthew Woolley, 20.25.

Girls 8-U 100 Free Relay

2. (Gionna Altenderfer, Anna Smith, Edan Lawson, Alayna Thompson), 1:22.53; 4. (Katherine Bronov, Morgan Stuhltrager, Mackenzie Weeks, Sarah Van Scoten), 1:28.41; 7. (Izzy Miller, Lindsay Quinn, Jenna Ober, Lauren Pyle), 1:35.60; 10. (Lauren Matt, Lauren Reinhart, Liz Perot, Katie Jeanes), 1:57.07.

Boys 8-U 100 Free Relay

1. (Jonathan Bergh, Owen Campbell, David Woolley, Nolan Rucci), 1:19.57; 3. (Andrew Matt, Nicholas Valudes, Reese Van Scoten, Theo Lance), 1:36.50; 4. (Cole McSparran, Ethan Hershey, Brenden Stuhltrager, Brady Schwartz), 1:40.00; 9. (Ryan Armitage, Cole Schwartz, Owen Heffner, Gavin Troop), 2:02.37.

Girls 9-10 100 Free Relay

3. (Lily Weidman, Brina uhlin, Elizabeth Valudes, Emma Oberholtzer), 1:10.23; 8. (Isabelle Lawson, Maddie Landis, Kirsten Esbenshade, Biz Van Scoten), 1:18.34.

Boys 9-10 100 Free Relay

1. (Evan Troop, Oliver Lance, Matthew Woolley, Hayden Rucci), 1:08.32; 4. (Jonathan Forbes, Nic Altenderfer, Brendan Hohman, Ethan McSparran), 1:14.94; 8. (Robbie Perot, Andrew Paparo, Matthew Armitage, Billy Quinn), 1:27.16. More WOODRIDGE, page B-2

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