Radnor Sports Roundup: Edition #11

Prelude:

Let me paint a picture: it’s 3:10 and Radnor High School’s exits are spewing out busy students. The birds chirp passionately, the bulldozers beep steadily, and the buses creep slowly. Everyone has somewhere to be, whether that somewhere is home, work, the library, a practice, or a game. Every day, teachers keep on teaching, students keep on studying, and administrators keep on administrating. Radnor life thrives outside of the building as well as within, however, with all spring sports finally out on the field, court, road, or track every day. 

That being said, the next time you rush from the High School at 3:10 to the next part of your day, consider stopping by the next Radnor Sports competition. Listen to those birds chirp and watch what Radnor’s athletes do best; just hope the groan of a bulldozer doesn’t reach your ears.

The Sports Editorial Board and I are proud to bring to you the 11th edition of the Radnor Sports Roundup. Enjoy. 

—Nathan


Winter Sports:

Photo from Radnor High School parent.

Swimming (boys) – Nathan Kellerman

Heading into their final week of training for Radnor High School swimming, the boys knew that everything must come to an end. Despite some emotion that the season was nearing its end, the team’s state team (Nathan Kellerman, Rhett Cosgrove, Chase Bentley, Andrew Yu, and Jacob Kellerman) was quick to get back into a re-taper for the state meet. The boys were soon back in the water following their district meet and returned to classic taper sets such as “beat the clock” and “broken 100s.” As the final practices of the year approached, the team refined technical aspects of their strokes, working on flip turns and starts. On the Tuesday before Wednesday morning prelims, the five swimmers loaded onto a standard-issue gray Radnor Township bus and hit the road, bound for Bucknell University. Upon arriving, the team dumped their items in their hotel rooms and went out to dinner at an Italian restaurant with the girls team. 

The next morning, the boys swam their 200 medley relay, consisting of Bentley, N. Kellerman, Cosgrove, and Yu. After swimming, the team moved up six places from their original seeding from 26th to 20th. Senior captain Chase Bentley dropped a new best time in the 50 backstroke of 24.68, about which he said “it was great to end my high school career and [everything] really came full circle [since I was at that same meet] sophomore year.” Only 22 minutes after swimming the butterfly leg of the medley relay, Radnor’s Rhett “The Jet” Cosgrove took on the 200 freestyle, placing 8th in preliminaries with a time of 1:42.25, earning himself a spot in the A finals that night. Cosgrove said how going into finals he “trusted his training” and “felt pretty confident [in his ability] to hit pace pretty well.” The distance demon dropped 0.77 seconds from his morning time, improving his school record to 1:41.52. The team celebrated Cosgrove’s impressive swim with dinner that night and made sure to go to bed early in anticipation of another 6:00 am wake-up the next morning. 

On Thursday morning, the team’s only swim was Cosgrove’s 500 freestyle. The rest of the team made their way on deck to support their captain and was proud when he placed 7th in preliminaries with a time of 4:35.11. The team returned that night to watch Cosgrove’s final swim of his high school career, where he dropped a performance placing 8th overall in the state in the event. The team made their way to a quick dinner before sneaking on deck to watch the girls swim their final event of the meet, the 400 free relay. When asked about his favorite memory of being at states this year, sophomore Jacob Kellerman referenced “both the experience of watching so many talented swimmers perform and the Bucknell cafeteria food.” While the team was sad to wrap up such an exciting season, they found joy in spending time with one another on their last night in Lewisburg. 

When Coach Robinson pulled into Radnor High School’s yellow-lined bus loop the next morning, a somber air imbued the swimmers. The boys unloaded their bags from the back of the van and said their goodbyes to each other. To cap off the season, each of the three seniors gave their coach of four years a hug and went off to their cars where supportive parents were waiting for them. Radnor swimming will unite once again with the families of athletes and the entire coaching staff at the team’s banquet, to be held at Saint David’s Golf Club on April 24th.

Photo from Radnor High School parent.

Swimming (girls) – Kelsey Wakiyama

On Tuesday, March 16, the girls swim team took the 2-hour van ride up to Bucknell University to compete in the long-anticipated PIAA Swimming and Diving Championships. After a warm-up in the pool and a fun team dinner at an iconic Italian restaurant on Tuesday night, the girls started off the meet with the medley relay on Wednesday morning. Marina Wang, Audrey Collins, Maly Lindgren, and Avery Barber swam their way to an 8th place finish, securing their spot in A finals that evening. Staying consistent, they finished 8th overall on that night, earning a medal and a spot on the podium. Day one also held outstanding individual swims, with Collins placing 5th overall in the 200 IM, smashing her own school record. She also placed 5th overall in the 100 butterfly, scoring her a coveted interview with PaPrepLive reporter Matthew De George. Lindgren also showed Radnor’s strength in the 100 butterfly, earning a spot in the B final as a freshman, and placing 16th overall.

Day 2 began with Wang’s 100 freestyle, where she placed 12th. She moved up 3 spots to win the B finals that night, placing 9th overall. To close the meet, the 400 freestyle relay team of Collins, Kelsey Wakiyama, Barber, and Wang placed 14th overall in the morning session. The relay gave the meet a memorable close, moving up 5 places to take 9th overall and winning the B final. Sophomore alternate Sophia Mlodzienski said that “the 4×100 relay was so much fun to watch. It was an exciting ending to the season.”

The end of the meet marked the end of the season for all of the girls. The seniors felt especially sentimental about their last season. Coach Jeremy Byrne expressed his pride, relaying how “this year’s states capped off one of the most successful eras of Radnor girls swimming. It was a good way to send off the seniors and to pave the way for the future of the underclassmen.” The entire team will reunite in April for their banquet.


Spring Sports:

Photo from Olivia Brubaker.

Lacrosse (girls) – Lauren Kelley

What’s a journey without a few obstacles? After the loss of returning legacy goalie Arden Jansen due to a concussion scare on Saturday, both teams took a tough loss to Manheim. It wasn’t all dark, however, as junior Ella Hoey stepped up and proved her quick reflexes with 4 saves. The team is not discouraged by the outcome of the first game and is dedicating more passion and work to face the rest of the season head-on. Newly appointed JV captain, Calista Hubbard, reported, “I’m incredibly proud of the massive improvements that our team has made in just two weeks, I can’t wait to see what we’ll accomplish over the season!” This Tuesday, Radnor Lacrosse will face off against Conestoga at home at 4:00. Be sure to be there to see the girls back in action and ready to adjust.

Photo from Bridget Walsh.

Lacrosse (boys) – Olivia Brubaker

The defending state champs have had a tough start to their 2022 season but look to come out strong against Conestoga and Haverford this week. Radnor Boys Lacrosse played two competitive scrimmages against Malvern Prep and Seton Hall Prep respectively but were not able to secure the win. The team kicked off their first game of the season against La Salle this past Friday and although RALA held the Explorers to low scoring through the first half, they ultimately fell 9 to 5. The team has their first Central League match up this Tuesday @ 7 against Conestoga. Stay tuned for more updates and more comprehensive coverage as the Radnor Boys Lacrosse season kicks into full gear. 

Colorguard – Cynthia Maz

A month after their last competition, the Colorguard team attended a competition at Perkiomen Valley High School. For the first time this season, the group was able to perform their show for the Tournament Indoor Association, ultimately receiving a score of 77.18 and coming in second place. This past weekend, the team returned to Council Rock South High School to compete against 15 other guards in the WGI Regional Championships. Receiving their highest score yet, a 79.22, the team performed extremely well at the competition. Over the next few weeks, the team will continue to improve their show to ensure a successful end to their season.

Photo from Bridget Walsh.

Softball – Caroline Monohan

With the weather finally getting warmer, softball season has gone into full swing. Preseason was short, and the team is eager to start playing real games. After playing Avon Grove and Upper Merion as scrimmages, the team has identified what they need to work on and plan on applying it against Springfield this Tuesday. The team is looking forward to a fun year with captains Naomi Gross and Kelsey Moore; this is Kelsey’s second year as captain, and she is looking forward to being a positive force on the team. This year, there were only 18 girls that came out for tryouts, meaning the team had to combine into one varsity squad; the team hopes that practicing together will allow everyone to push each other and have smooth team chemistry. The team is happy to welcome back 5 varsity players with sophomores Audrey Rubinstein, Laura Girton, and Caroline Monahan, junior Megan Dole, and senior Kelsey Moore. Kelsey is the team’s only senior and a star catcher for RSB. Looking forward, the team is looking forward to improving over the course of the season, especially as everyone is so young. 

Baseball – Jacob Farhy

Coverage of Radnor Baseball will begin in the Radnor Sports Roundup’s next edition; stay tuned for exclusive updates from Radnor’s student-athlete-journalists. 

Photo from Bridget Walsh.

Tennis (boys) – Hyeonjin Kim

Radnor Boys Tennis started off their competitive season strong with 7-0 victories over both West Chester East and Rustin. “It couldn’t have gone any better,” says senior and fourth doubles Manato Matsuoka. “A great confidence booster for the rest of the season.” A gusty overcast sky loomed as the Radnor team took on Upper Dublin, and the match culminated in two tight three-set victories for second singles Hyeonjin Kim and the new doubles pairing of Manato Matsuoka and William Shi. The freshman shined in his first varsity match, and dominant performances from first doubles Graham Bernabeo and JP Pruett and first singles Ariston Fonseca brought a Radnor victory. Following the Upper Dublin match, a tough defeat to Conestoga was capped off with a seven-game comeback in the second set and a dominant third set tiebreak by the opposing third doubles team to complete an 0-7 loss; nonetheless, the Radnor team bounced back strong after two rainy days to sweep Springford 7-0, culminating in a third-set tiebreak victory for new doubles team Arav Menon and Noah Movsowitz, despite turbulent conditions. Stay tuned for more updates on Radnor Tennis; plenty more success is sure to come. 

Crew (girls and boys) – Ellie Davis

These past few weeks, the Radnor Girls and Boys crew teams enjoyed their first respective spring races. Manny Flick #1, the beginning of a series of weekly 1500 m races (approximately six minutes, depending on boat size and weather conditions), kicked off the racing season last Saturday. RGCC raced a novice eight, a lightweight four, two varsity fours, and a varsity eight; RBCC raced a Novice 8, a JV four and a varsity four. Boathouse row provided good weather and conditions for racing, and the Girls’ novice four did especially well, placing first out of four, as well as the varsity four A placing second. The boys’ novice four also showed speed getting first, and the varsity fours placed second and third in their heat. This past Saturday, both teams traveled to Langhorne, PA, to compete against Villa Joseph Marie, Harriton, and Holy Ghost in a casual scrimmage. “This is the second time we have scrimmaged Holy Ghost, and the [boys] team could not be happier with the results,” said senior captain Joey Odorisio. “The freshman looked fantastic and are improving extremely fast. The varsity didn’t disappoint either, with multiple first place finishes throughout the day.” The girls team also took advantage of the racing opportunity by putting out lots of boats in races the morning, with some rowers getting to race twice, bringing good racing experience to everyone. The 2nd Manny Flick, originally scheduled for yesterday (3/27), was canceled due to high winds, cold weather, and some snow, but both teams will continue practicing through this week in preparation for the 3rd Flick. This race will be the first opportunity for the teams to receive points, which will contribute to their ability to qualify for future, bigger races.

Photo from gamedaypix.

Outdoor Track (girls) – Senny Farhy

Radnor Girls Outdoor Track put their hard work to show at the PTFCA Outdoor Track Classic at Plymouth Whitemarsh on a very cold and windy Saturday. The meet kicked off early with Lucy Minning in the 100-meter dash trials, running 12.71 seconds and placing third, sending her to the finals later that day as well as earning her a district qualification. The first relay on the track, the 4×800, was a returning group from the state championship. The girls (Amelia Dole, Zoe Margolies, Courtney Kearns, and Lucy Henkel) kept the momentum going from their incredible run at states into the outdoor season as they placed first overall with a time of 10 minutes and 1 second. Zoe Margolies was not done collecting medals after her win though, placing second overall in the 800 and winning the first heat in a time of 2 minutes and 32 seconds. Lucy Minning took the track again for the 100 final and finished fourth with a time of 12.91. She then joined two relays, first the 4×100 relay along with Fiona Ryan, Niva Menon, and Sophia Hill, where they placed seventh with an overall time of 53 seconds. The 4×400 took place at the end of the meet and consisted of Lucy Henkel, Courtney Kearns, and Julia Salinero. This squad was able to finish in 4 minutes and 19 seconds and rack up the final medal of the day with a third-place finish. Minning expressed her excitement about the team’s solid start to the season, stating “although the conditions were poor and times were not as fast, as a team I think we all showed a great effort and it was a fun meet overall.” Keep an eye out for Radnor Girls Track as they make their way through the season; they will be a team to watch! 

Photo from Jimmy Kurtz.

Outdoor Track (boys) – Jimmy Kurtz

The boys’ spring track team kicked off the season of competition at Upper Darby relays on Saturday, March 26th. A challenging day was anticipated with a less than ideal weather forecast. In recalling his thoughts about the weather heading into race day, Senior Aidan Scott classified the conditions as containing “wind, clouds, and hail.” Despite these challenges, the team came together and found success. The boys’ distance team unified four of its prime runners in seniors Michael Farhy, Dave Kenney, and Aidan Scott, along with Sophomore Luke Bodden to throw down a respectable 5th place finish in the boys 4×1600, finishing with a time of 19:40. Sprinter Gaven Willams joined the distance team in the 4×800 for the first time this season, throwing down an impressive 2:09 split. The sprinters dominated the 4×100 relay field with their “A” team of Ethan Catoe, Amir Byrd, Charlie Thornton, and Michael “Big Mike” Rocheleau. Senior sprinting captain Big Mike reported, “the 4×100 relay exploded onto the track on Saturday… getting Radnor the golden 1st place medal for that event.” The boy’s team is now looking to continue its success at the much-anticipated meet against Haverford High School this Tuesday.


Interested in contributing to the Radnor Sports Roundup in the future? Find Nathan Kellerman or email him at [email protected] to inquire!