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Muhlenberg’s Brady Robidas finds success on second day of Berks swimming championships

Muhlenberg senior Brady Robidas earned gold in the 200 free and 500 free on the second day of the Berks swimming championships on Saturday at Wilson’s Roy G. Snyder Natatorium

Robidas swam a winning time of 4:43.91 in the 500 free, which just beat out Wilson’s Jackson Williams and his time of 4:44.28.

“It feels nice to win in these county meets but they’re not my biggest meets,” Robidas said. “The goal is to not peak here but peak at the end of the year (in districts and states), but it’s still good to win and drop times in my events.”

Muhlenberg's Brady Robidas earned gold in the 500 free on day two of the Berks swimming championships (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)
Muhlenberg’s Brady Robidas earned gold in the 500 free on day two of the Berks swimming championships (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)

The Muhlenberg senior trailed during the 500 free but fought his way back to earn gold on the second consecutive day.

Robidas plans for his success in the Berks championships to carry over into the district and state finals. Last season, he finished second in District 3 Class 3A and sixth in the state in the 50 free, and fifth in the district and eighth in the state in the 100 free.

“I feel good with my chances there at districts,” Robidas said. “I’m in a good spot right now to do well.”

Robidas is undecided about what event he will swim on the opening day of the District 3 championships but will participate in the 100 free.

Two others boys swimmers who found success on Day 2 were Branden Weise of Gov. Mifflin and Owen Eisenhofer of Schuylkill Valley.

Weise, a junior, won the 100 butterfly on Day 1 with a time of 51.38. On Day 2, Weise helped the Mustangs win in the 400 free relay.

Gov. Mifflin's Branden Weise helped the Mustangs earn gold in the 400 free relay in the Berks swimming championships (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)
Gov. Mifflin’s Branden Weise helped the Mustangs earn gold in the 400 free relay in the Berks swimming championships (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)

After trailing much of the race, the Mustangs relay team, which includes Weise, Grant DeLoretta, Nathan Reigel and Owen Ziolkowski, had enough fight in them to win by less than a second.

Gov. Mifflin finished with a time of 3:13.84, while Wilson’s relay team finished at 3:14.52.

“Feeling that drive to win at the end of the day feels great,” Weise said. “I did my duty, my teammates did their duty as well.”

Sophomore Owen Eisenhofer, won gold in the 200-individual medley with a time of 1:56.03 on Friday night. He picked up where he left off on Day 2, winning the 100 free by a quarter of a second.

A time of 47:25 was enough to beat Exeter’s Evan Carl and his 47.50.

“Felt good,” Eisenhofer said. “Glad I put the work in and seeing the results is nice. Our main goal is districts and doing well there.”

Eisenhofer plans to swim in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke at the District 3 championships while having the No. 2 seed.

On the girls side, Wilson continued to dominate after a triumphant Day 1, earning gold in three events on Day 2.

Wilson's 400 free relay team of Katelyn Spann, Kendall Bausher, Evelyn Quick and Olivia Vecchio on the podium after earning gold in the Berks swimming championships. (COURTSEY OF JARED MONTALTO)
Wilson’s 400 free relay team of Katelyn Spann, Kendall Bausher, Evelyn Quick, and Olivia Vecchio on the podium after earning gold in the Berks swimming championships. (COURTESY OF JARED MONTALTO)

Junior Emma Dougherty won the 100 free (52.45), Olivia Vecchio won the 500 free (5:14.10), and Katelyn Spann, Kendall Bausher, Evelyn Quick and Vecchio earned gold on the 400 free relay (3:36.21).

Other girls who earned gold were Daniel Boone’s Shailla Mejia in the 100 back (59.53) and Schuylkill Valley’s Mabel Walborn in the 100 breast (1:05.92).


Source: Berkshire mont

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