July 21, 1991 |
A chemical reaction released a small cloud of chlorine gas at the Knowlton Swim Club in Middletown Township on Wednesday night, sending five children and one woman to area hospitals for treatment, authorities said. A lifeguard accidently put aluminum sulfate into a bucket that contained chlorine residue in a filter room, causing a chlorine gas cloud to drift over a corner of a pool where members of the swim club's 8-year-old class were getting ready for a swim meet. The victims were treated at area hospitals for exposure to chlorine gas, hospital officials said.
March 12, 1987 |
Northeast area competitors came away empty-handed at the Catholic League boys' swimming championships Saturday at Villanova University. In a meet dominated by champion St. Joseph's Prep and Cardinal O'Hara, not one swimmer from either Father Judge or Archbishop Ryan placed in the championships. However, the strength of the meet's competition gave area competitors a chance to trim their times. Father Judge coach Jim Kelly said that two school records fell at the meet, and that 14 swimmers turned in their best times of the year.
August 1, 1990 |
Colorful tents dot the landscape as a crowd sits in the viewing stands and sprawls over onto the ground waiting for the combatants. Booths selling food and trinkets surround the area. A medieval jousting tournament perhaps? No. Issuing forth from the tents are warriors clad not in armor with swords and lances, but swimmers whose uniforms consist of beach towels, colorful T- shirts and, of course, Speedos. For weapons they have only bronzed arms and legs that slice through the water instead of through metal and flesh.
August 4, 1988 |
Records were shattered all over the county this weekend as local swimmers wrapped up their summer-league seasons at area championship meets. The girls' team from undefeated Prospect Park dominated the Intra-County Blue Division Championships, held Saturday at Clifton Heights Swim Club. Prospect Park's Carolyn Freeberry initiated the team's series of wins in the first event of the meet by shattering an 18-and-under individual medley record, set eight year ago, by exactly one second with a time of 1 minute, 11.59 seconds.
February 15, 1996 |
When the Lehigh women's swim team goes into the Patriot League championships today at Colgate, the Engineers will be looking to their "Tornado" for a big effort. The "Tornado" in this case is junior Cheryl Dede, a graduate of West Chester Henderson, whose versatility has been invaluable to the Engineers. "She earned the nickname Tornado because she's always moving at 100 miles per hour," Lehigh coach Chris Marshall said. "She's already one of the best swimmers in Lehigh history.
August 4, 1988 |
BEATING the heat while performing for a cause, swimmers take to the pool. In an effort to raise money for the American Cancer Society, Jim Howat, coach of the Huntingdon Valley Country Club and his wife B.J., coach at Hideaway Swim Club, challenged each other's swim teams. The Hideaway team swam on July 20; last week, the Huntingdon Valley team members hit the pool.
August 8, 1993 |
Competing for the coveted silver bowl full of cherries, 500 swimmers ages 5 to 18 participated last weekend in Cherry Hill's club championships, known as the Cherry Bowl. The Old Orchard Swim Club, which won the bowl 13 straight years in the late 1970s and '80s, tasted sweet victory again. Thirteen teams took part July 31 in the 33d annual event.
August 3, 1988 |
After the final results were announced and the cheering was over, it wasn't difficult to tell who had won the 29th annual Cherry Bowl swim meet held Saturday at Wexford Leas Swim Club. The tally sheets may have showed that Old Orchard, Willowdale and Downs Farms finished as the top three among the 13 participating swim clubs. But to hear the competitors tell it, everybody was a winner. "We don't really have any enemies," said 11-year-old Beth Basara, a member of the host team who had come to cheer her teammates on. "We really just swim for the fun and the experience.
December 11, 1990 |
Former Cardinal O'Hara swimmer Mark Bernardino has been coaching the University of Virginia men's and women's teams for 13 years now, but it's only in the last few years that he has mined the Philadelphia area for some of his best swimmers. One of those swimmers is co-captain Mike Rayer of Broomall, who attended Germantown Academy. "Captains are chosen by the swimmers, and the team chose him because he is an outstanding athlete and leader," Bernardino said. "He puts in as much practice time as anyone on the team, he has great work ethics, and he's a first-class young man. " A junior, Rayer was named to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference team last season, when the Cavaliers ranked 17th in the final coaches' poll.
March 15, 1998 |
Souderton's Bob Molettiere, Danville's Jessi Perruquet and Bloomsburg's Stef Williams set records, and Haverford High's Brendan Hansen tied another yesterday on the final day of the two-day PIAA swimming championships at Penn State. Williams established two marks in the 100-yard freestyle - one a National Federation of High Schools record - in leading Bloomsburg to the Class AA girls' championships with 137 points. Bethel Park won the girls' Class AAA championship by one point over Emmaus, 112-111.