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Falcon boys swim their best meet

Many of the swimmers from last year's boys team that took third place at the PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships have graduated.

But a few still remain on this year's Salisbury boys swimming team, including Mahlon Reihman and divers Denny Bonner and Danny Bujcs.

This year's squad may not have the same talent as last year's, but the boys continue to find their stride in 2015.

Despite their 90-81 defeat to Saucon Valley on Friday evening at Kids Peace Bethlehem, head coach Ken Vincent called their outing the 'best meet' in nine meetings thus far.

"That was their best meet," Vincent said. "We had a couple of guys that are back from other varsity sports, and they had great performances. Our guys that have been with us all year had their very best performances as a whole."

"We had a great performance all around," Reihman said. "Even our younger swimmers were dropping in time."

Reihman, who finished 10th in the 200-yard freestyle and 15th in the 500-yard freestyle at states, swam both of those events against the Panthers and looked impressive in both.

Reihman touched the wall first in the 200-yard freestyle in 1:49.82. He then added a first-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:05.72, nearly 44 seconds faster than any other participant. He touched the wall first in the opening 50 yards of the 500-yard freestyle and was never threatened from that point on.

"I can kind of take a coaching stance to a lot of the younger swimmers, and give them advice and motivate them," Reihman said. "That's fun for me, too. This is probably our best meet so far. We won two relays."

Reihman was a member of the 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams that secured first.

Along with Reihman, Ben Wiener earned first-place marks in two individual events: 100-yard backstroke (1:04.81) and 100-yard freestyle (55.02).

Danny Bonge swam a 25.13 in the 50-yard freestyle, and Gavin Carey finished the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:13.47 to round out the boys' first-place finishers.

"What our objective is, is to get as many third- and fourth-places as we can," Vincent said. "We certainly want the first places, but it's those other places that really make or break us in the meet. That's where everyone's participation is so important."

The girls came up short to the Panthers by a score of 108-53.

Brooke Rogers took first in the 100-yard butterfly (1:16.29) as the girls' lone first-place finisher in an individual event. The 200-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams also took first against the Panthers.

"She [Rogers] is only a sophomore," Vincent said. "She has got a lot of excitement, and she shares that with everyone.

"We had a number of girls with best times. Getting best times at this time in the season is quite impressive because this is a tough time in the season, with all of the activity, we're not getting into our resting period yet."

The duo of Bonner (335.95) and Tyler Keller (236.80) earned 10 points in diving for the boys' team score.

Results from Tuesday's meet against Allen were not available at time of press. The Falcons travel to Quakertown on Friday. Meet time is set for 4 p.m.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Gavin Carey swims the medley relay at last week's meet against Saucon Valley.