BUTLER TWP —
Senior Stephanie O’Toole set school records in the 50 freestyle (24.55 seconds) and 100 backstroke (58.87), the latter a pool record, and had a hand in the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relays in a 94-89 swimming and diving loss to Indiana.
In the boys meet, the Indians, the two-time defending WPIAL Class AA champions, pulled away for the 111-75 triumph.
Butler won the first five events — Claire Weiland in the 1-meter diving; the 200 medley relay with Taylor Campbell, Jillian McElhaney and Kati Herr; Macie Pennington in the 200 free; Campbell in the 200 IM and O’Toole in the 50 free — yet were tied with the Indians at that point, 31-all.
“Stephanie had a great meet, two school records and pool record, and Taylor Campbell had some of her season’s best times,” said Dave Bocci, who also returns to the program, having coached the team from 1999-2001.
“The second half of the meet, we were stronger,” said Indians coach Mark Hess. “We have a lot of freshmen, especially on the girls team and you never know, in their first meet, what they can do.
“When we won the 200 free relay, I knew we had a chance to win the meet. We have a lot of respect for (Bocci). He’s been around. We were very fortunate to win the meet,” Hess added.
Indiana roared back, picking up some first places instead of the second and third places they had settled for earlier.
“Some of the girls were not finishing well,” Hess noted. “They let up before they finished, but they finished stronger later in the meet.”
Pennington won the 500 freestyle and O’Toole the 100 backstroke, while the foursome of McElhaney, Pennington, Campbell and O’Toole closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay (3:48.21).
O’Toole’s record of 24.55 in the 50 free broke Linda Van Buren’s 1976 mark of 24.6, while the pool record sits at 24.13. Her time in the 100 back broke Molly Evans’ school record (1:00.35 in 2007) and the pool record of J. McKay of North Allegheny (59.09 in 1993).
Currently, the pool record by O’Toole is the only one held by a Tornado swimmer.
The 200 medley relay is just 1.5 seconds off the school record, while the 400 free relay is only 4.6 seconds off the school mark.
In the boys meet, Ryan Deemer captured the 200 free (1:50.72) and the 100 back (58.73) and led off the winning 400 free relay (3:37.76), while freshman Tukker Uniatowski won the 200 IM (2:08.9) and was also a part of the winning 400 free relay.
Butler won five of the 12 events — Levi Cetti claimed the diving portion with a score of 233.50 — but the Indians took control after the break.
“What I learned from the guys’ meet is when they lost Travis Myers from last year, he was the main guy,” said Bocci. “There has to be a period to find that leader, like how the guys battled in the medley relay.
“We’re starting to form bonds,” the Butler coach added.
The Indians’ depth showed in this meet, but Bocci was pleased with the Tornado’s effort throughout.
“For our first meet, across the board, we met some expectations and we exceeded expectations in some areas,” he said.
Next up, the Tornado will host Shaler on Thursday.
Indiana 94, Butler 89
200 medley relay: 1-Butler (Stephanie O’Toole, Taylor Campbell, Jillian McElhaney, Kati Herr) 1:54.70
200 freestyle: 1-Macie Pennington (B) 2:06.64
200 IM: 1-Taylor Campbell (B) 2:18.19
*50 freestyle: 1-Stephanie O’Toole (B) 24.55
1-meter diving: 1-Claire Weiland (B) 163.35
100 butterfly: 1-Michaela Ruddock (I) 1:01.92
100 freestyle: 1-Abby O’Neal (I) 57.34
500 freestyle: 1-Macie Pennington (B) 5:38.04
200 freestyle relay: 1-Indiana (Krista Gibbon, Anna Paccapauiccia, Michaela Ruddock, Abbey O’Neal) 1:44.49
#100 backstroke: 1-Stephanie O’Toole (B) 58.87
100 breaststroke: 1-Anna Paccapauiccia (I) 1:09.42
400 freestyle relay: 1-Butler (Jillian McElhaney, Macie Pennington, Taylor Campbell, Stephanie O’Toole) 3:48.21
Indiana 111, Butler 75
200 medley relay: 1-Indiana (Grant Hess, Jon Haycock, Logan Hess, Daniel Peng) 1:44.17
200 freestyle: 1-Ryan Deemer (B) 1:50.72
200 IM: 1-Tukker Uniatowski (B) 2:08.90
50 freestyle: 1-Daniel Peng (I) 23.46
1-meter diving: 1-Levi Cetti (B) 233.50
100 butterfly: 1-Logan Hess (I) 56.75
100 freestyle: 1-Daniel Peng (I) 52.25
500 freestyle: 1-Logan Hess (I) 5:20.38
200 freestyle relay: 1-Indiana (Jon Haycock, Grant Hess, John Zarpentine, Daniel Peng) 1:36.54
100 backstroke: 1-Ryan Deemer (B) 58.73
100 breaststroke: 1-Jon Haycock (I) 1:05.02
400 freestyle relay: 1-Butler (Ryan Deemer, Dante Cicco, Tukker Uniatowski, Taylor Frankenstein) 3:37.76
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