Girls swimming: PAC 2017-18 season preview (team-by-team capsules)

Head coach: Bill Draves, 3rd season
Last year’s record: 6-3 PAC, 7-3 overall
Swimmers to watch
Emily Drabick, Jr., IM, Breast
Gracie McKee free, back
Freshmen to watch
Gabbie McKee – fly, IM
Angie Nelson – breast, IM
Key loss to graduation; Cara Megill
Coach’s outlook: “Solid numbers for the girls, deep on talent. Looking to repeat last year’s record. Solid divers, which should help at meets with diving included.”
Head coach: Stephanie Saucy, 3rd season
Last year’s record: 7-2 PAC, 9-2 overall
Returnees/swimmers to watch
Victoria Zang (Jr.) 100 fly, 200 free
Anna Price (Sr.) 50 and 100 free
Sara Fleck (jr.) 100 fly, 200 IM
Key losses to graduation:  Emily Sykes (Tennessee), Emily Shea, Sydney Zebrowski, Amanda Groff
Coach’s comments/outlook:  “We have some good freshmen joining our team that will add a lot of depth and begin a good foundation for building on in the next 3 years. Although we lost 7 seniors, many of which contributed significantly to the team, we have many returnees who are capable of stepping up and providing the leadership we need and 5 freshmen who look to add to the team allowing us to have a good season.”
Head coach: Beth O’Neil, 21st season
Last year’s record: 0-9 PAC, 0-14 overall
Returnees/swimmers to watch
Freshman:  Olivia Parks – all strokes
Sophomores:  Bailee Hendricks – breaststroke
Juniors:  Brandi Bitting – sprint events, Katie Redcay – IM and fly
Seniors:  Amaya Bankowski – all events, Kyler Robinson –Puleo – back and freestyle
Key losses to graduation:  Victoria Brousseau, Rebekah Wilford
Coach’s comments/outlook:  "Season looks promising with many underclassmen participating in swimming this year.  Diving looks good with 7 swimmers participating in diving and making solid progress.  This team will show improvements on the clock by dropping their own personal goal times this season."
Owen J. Roberts
Head coach: Kevin Bott, 18th season
Assistant coaches: Lindsay Staufenberg ((3rd year),  Rebekah Elliott (6th year, diving)
Last year’s record: 9-0 PAC (league champions), 9-0 overall
Swimmers to watch
Kira Alderman (free, breast)
Nina Flamiano (back)
Madison Gadzicki (fly, free), district qualifier
Riley Hansen (free, fly)
Emily Hughes (breast)
Quinn Kratz (fly, free, diving)
Lilly Kull (back, free)
Alexa Luecke (free, IM)
Casey Messinger (free)
Danika Swech (diving)
Helena VanNatter  (free)
Lilia Crew  (breast, IM) district qualifier
Jennifer Dinnocenti (free) district qualifier
Ella Greenholt  (back, IM)    
Haley Cargo (back)
Hannah Delayahe (diving, free)
Grace Girard (back, free)
Brianna Kerley (diving)
Alexis Little (diving)
Izzy Moes (breast, IM)
Meredith Mutter (breast, IM), district qualifier
Mikayla Niness (free, fly), district qualifier
Hailey Quinn (breast)
Freshmen: Olivia Coyne (free); Brooke Dietrich (breast, free); Gabby Dietrich (back, free);
Payton Hansen (free); Olivia Kqira (diving); Ava Lasmanis (breast); Abbey Malmstrom (back, fly, free); Emma Muntzer  (diving, free); Kendall Obara (breast, IM)
Key losses to graduation: Laurel Fink, Morgan Hansen
Coach's season outlook:"The girls’ team lost two tremendous athletes and leaders in Laurel Fink and Morgan Hansen to graduation, and is in the process of developing a new chemistry, especially with many new athletes to the team. Most of the girls are off to a great start, as they seem motivated, supportive, and are working hard. We are excited to see the progression, both individually and as a team, moving forward."
Perkiomen Valley
Head coach: Mitchell Zackowsi (1st year), succeeds Brian Zeigler
Assistant coaches: Sarah Stevens (1st year), Tom Hayes (5 years)
Last year’s record: 5-4 PAC, 6-6 overall
Swimmers to watch
Seniors: Kathryn Baker (Breast), Caitlin Cunningham (Distance Free), Bailey Newman (Butterfly), Colleen O’Brien (Free), Allison O’Donnell (Back), Elizabeth Turner (Sprint Free, Back)
Juniors: Macy Gray (Distance Free), Maddie Krentz (Distance Free), Mary Kate Lyons (Butterfly), Alyssa Marano (Sprint Free), Maddalena Naples (Breast Stroke), Sarah Straub (Free)
Others to watch: Erin Lamirande (Sophomore), Ashley Derrick (Freshman), Emily Hinz (Freshman)
Key losses to graduation: Elle Thorneloe, Gabby Ridge
Coach’s Comments/Outlook: "This year is very exciting for the Girls PV Swim Team, with a strong force of seniors returning who bring a tremendous amount of leadership, enthusiasm and spirit to the program. We are looking forward to some great performances this year!"
Head coach: Dan Weinstein, 6th season
Last year’s record: 8-1 PAC, 9-2 overall
Key returnees
Sophomores: Katie Baker (breast), Bella Bland (free, back), Chloe Sindaco (free, back)
Juniors: Hannah Cooke (breast), Katya Hayward (free, back), Julia Hihi (distance free), Mary McNamara (diving), Hayden Semisch (free, IM), Kaitlyn Tran (free, breast)
Seniors: Claire Casaday (fly), Jess Dauphinais (free, fly), Caroline Turner (diving)
Freshmen newcomers to watch: Evelyn Casaday (free, back), Sara Filipovski (distance free), Erini Pappas (free, fly, back), Penelope Pappas (free, fly, back), Sarah Ritter (free), Caroline Schwartz (free), Noelle Tran (IM)
Key losses to graduation: Maddie Cooke, Emily Fabius, Kathryn Bland, Grace Kiernan, Liz Hussin, Emilie Ritter, Anna Florio, Emily Holmberg, Erica Sposato, Enola Hihi
Coach’s outlook:  “The Phantoms have been decimated by graduation, losing 75 percent of its state qualifying relay teams, and two time All American Maddie Cooke. A strong crop of talented freshmen is ready to fill their shoes, however, and live up to the standard of strong Phoenixville swimming.”
Head coach: Alex Diehl (3rd season), assistant Martin Schreiber (2nd season)
Last year’s record: 1-8 PAC, 1-8 overall
Swimmer to watch: Victoria Keener (Sophomore) 500 free,  100 Breast, 200 Free
Key loss to graduation: Elese Christ
Coach’s general outlook: “ Victoria Keener returns as a sophomore, and is looking to improve on last year’s strong performances in the 100 breaststroke and 500 freestyle.  A strong, hardworking group of newcomers also join all of our returners this season and will help to fill out some relays that we have high hopes for.”
Head coach: Kevin  Krause (3rd season)
Last year’s Record: NA, time-only events
Returnees/swimmers to watch:  Abigail Krause (JR / Distance Free and IM); Hannah Wilson (FR / Free); Talia Shirey (SO / Free and Fly)
Coach’s comments/outlook: “We continue to improve our numbers year after year.  The three girls have been working out and practicing hard with the YMCA as well.  Their hard work will pay off and we look to improving our times.”
Head coach: Mark Agnew, 4th season
Last year’s record: 4-5 PAC, 4-6 overall
Key returnees/swimmers to watch
Seniors - Emma Kotes, Alicia Fenske, Morgan Stone, Ariel Sigal, Maya Pergine, Molly Martin
Junior - Katie Parker
Sophomores - Meredith Ruckelshaus, Emma Thomas
Coach’s outlook: “Large girls team with good senior leadership and exciting young talent. Looking to move up in PAC standings over next few years.”
Upper Merion
Head coach: Jeff Bugenhagen – 21st season
Last year’s record: 3-6 PAC, 6-6 overall
Returnees/swimmers to watch
Seniors Meredith Faw, Ryan Osterhoudt, Angie Cercle, Shreya Sriivasan, Libby Kelly, Kaitlyn Wang, Drew Clayton,  Hope Mazzilli.
9th grade standouts Arielle Garcia Kaliner and Kayleigh Roseland
Key loss to graduation:  Meg Hall – top 16 at AAA States in the 50 Freestyle.
Coach’s comments/outlook: “This year we have a small and enthusiastic group of female athletes.”                                                
Upper Perkiomen
Head coach: Brien T. Kalnoski, 4th season
Last year’s record: 2-7 PAC, 2-10 overall
Swimmers to watch
Jayme Fisher, So., (200 Free/500 Free)
Noel Fresa, So., (100 Back/50 Free/100 Free)
Bailey McCausland, Jr., (100 Breast/200 Free)
Maddie Modugno, Jr., (50 Free/100 Free)
Coach’s outlook:  "Our goal is to get the girls qualified for Districts and all 3 Relays as well. We have some additional depth this year with 4 freshmen."