L-L runner-up finish for the Warwick boys

By on February 18, 2016

 

Warwick senior David Heckel makes a final push to the wall en route to winning a silver medal in the L-L 100 breaststroke in 1:01.56 last Thursday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick senior David Heckel makes a final push to the wall en route to winning a silver medal in the L-L 100 breaststroke in 1:01.56 last Thursday. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

The excitement is clear in Keir Uhlin’s voice.

The Warwick junior swimmer believes this could be the year that the Warrior boys take a relay team back to the PIAA State Meet.

Not since 2007-08 have the Warriors sent a relay team to Bucknell University. That season, the foursome of Colin Schouten, David Thompson, Drew Bomberger and Dain Bomberger dove into the waters of Kinney Natatorium in the 200 freestyle relay.

But if last Thursday’s L-L League Championships at the Lititz Rec were any indication, Warwick seems to be on the cusp of ending its drought.

All three relays &tstr; the 200 medley (1:39.04), 200 free (1:29.15) and 400 free (3:17.24) &tstr; won L-L silver while helping the Warriors finish second in the team standings with 105 points, behind only a strong Hempfield squad, which claimed the title with 148 points.

Earlier, the medley and 200 free foursomes broke school records in a 97-73 loss to Hempfield on Jan. 19.

“They’re powerful,” Uhlin said. “It really does give me hope that we will make States this year in a relay. I think all of them have a shot.”

Senior Christopher Cicala, who won individual bronze in the 50 free (22.24), and sophomore Colin Sensenich, a fifth-place medalist in the 100 butterfly (53.77), competed on all three relays.

Uhlin also earned four medals &tstr; silver in the 200 and 400 free relays, individual silver in the 200 free (1:45.44) and bronze in the 500 free (4:44.65).

And senior Tim Griest claimed three medals &tstr; relay silvers in the 200 free and 400 free, and an individual silver in the 100 free (49.04) &tstr; and placed seventh in the 50 free (22.58).

In the end, Warwick finished with 23 medalists and 27 total point-scorers. The top six finishers received medals, and the top eight collected points.

Warwick’s 200 medley relay team, consisting of (left to right) Colin Sensenich, Chris Cicala, David Heckel, and Oliver Lance, are all smiles on the medal podium after winning silver in 1:39.04 last Friday night. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Warwick’s 200 medley relay team, consisting of (left to right) Colin Sensenich, Chris Cicala, David Heckel, and Oliver Lance, are all smiles on the medal podium after winning silver in 1:39.04 last Friday night. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

“Sensational,” Warwick coach Mark Daum said of his boys team. “Hempfield arguably has one of the best boys teams ever. Their talent is just everywhere. And our boys gave it everything they had. Lots of personal best times. Reid Harpel swam great. Some of the kids who aren’t the usual top-runners really stepped up. Maybe they didn’t score points, they weren’t on the podium or anything like that, but when you’re doing your best and performing at your best, then that gets contagious, the rest of the kids jump on board, that gets the waye rolling and they just kept it going.”

David Heckel and Oliver Lance joined Cicala and Sensenich on the 200 medley relay which placed behind only Hempfield (1:36.82) and got Warwick started on a positive note.

Later, Lance added a bronze in the 100 back (55.49) and scored points placing seventh in the 200 IM (2:04.29), while Heckel earned a silver in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.56) and a fifth-place medal in the 200 IM (2:02.57)

Next, in the 200 free, Uhlin’s silver-medal finish in 1:45.44 led the way in which three Warriors placed, with Ryan Hohman (1:48.90) adding a sixth and Joe Moll taking eighth in 1:50.85.

At that point, the Black Knights led Warwick just 31-25 in the team race.

“I’m looking to be faster at Districts and States,” Uhlin said of his 200 free, “but given the circumstances and not resting, I thought it went pretty well.”

Warwick again had three place finishers in the 500 free, with Keir Uhlin winning bronze, Cade Uhlin taking sixth in 4:57.85 and Hohman adding an eighth-place finish in 5:03.31.

It was a quick turnaround from there for Keir Uhlin, who then teamed up with Griest, Cicala and Sensenich on the runner-up 200 free relay.

“The boys on the relays, they’re hoping to maybe crack the medal stand at Districts,” Daum said. “So they’re looking ahead, but they didn’t overlook.”

That includes the 400 free relay of Griest, Cicala, Keir Uhlin, and Sensenich, who completed the Warriors’ scoring with a second-place finish in 3:17.24, four seconds behind Hempfield (3:13.05).

“Everyone did really, really well,” Uhlin said. “I think it was actually surprising how well we did. It really excites me and the rest of the team for Districts because with how well most of the kids, dropping time and racing and placing, it really sets us up well to send a lot of kids to States this year.”

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