Patriots Finish Top 10 at Easterns

LANCASTER — When the first day of the Eastern Interscholastic Swimming Championships concluded, Germantown Academy Head Coach Jeff Thompson said that he believed the boys team would have a good second day. Thompson’s prediction proved to be correct as seven individuals compete in the finals and one relay. (PHOTOS)

“We’ve been away from home for about three days and the team is running on fumes,” Head Coach Jeff Thompson said. “We had a great morning session, which a lot of them had to have. I thought it was a great day.”

Zachary Kohm ’21 started off that great day by placing fifth in the 500 freestyle. Kohm swam 4:30.17 in the event, nearly three second faster than his preliminary time.

In the B Final of the 500, Gavin Loughlin ’20 placed fourth with a time of 4:44.61. Brian Bartle ’19 and Patrick O’Hara ’21 placed seventh and eighth respectively in the C Final.

“Brian Bartle and Patrick O’Hara swam out of their suits to get that swim tonight,” Thompson said. “To see them get a night swim at Easterns was really cool. Gavin Loughlin had an outstanding swim in the B Final and then Zach Kohm was on fire.”

Sean Keenan ’19 placed sixth in the 100 yard backstroke finals. Keenan registered a time of 51.31, only .07 second behind the fifth place finisher.

Jack Lafond ’19 finished first in the B Final for the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 59.93. In the C Final of the event Kevin Hou ’19 took first with a 1:01.05.

GA closed out the night with a second place finish in the B Final of the 400 freestyle relay. The group of Walker Butler ’20, Keenan, Kohm and Jake Rabbiner ’19 swam a time of 3:13.54.

As a team, the boys finished 10th out of 28 teams with a total of 246 points. However, the team has no seniors on their roster, which provides a bright future.

“It’s been a storm brewing for quite a while,” Thompson said. “We’ve got an outstanding group of juniors that have led us this year, we’ve got some strong underclassmen and we have a nice group coming in next year. I’m really, really proud of the team.”

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