Tuesday, January 8, 2013

SWIMMING: Owen J. Roberts sweeps Upper Perkiomen

John Strickler/The Mercury Owen J. Roberts’ Alex McCullough swims to a victory in the 200 freestyle Tuesday against Upper Perkiomen.

By Rosemarie Ross

BUCKTOWN — With the Owen J. Roberts boys team’s depth and strength stretching throughout every event, opponents are finding it’s tough to beat the Wildcats in a dual meet. Even a team like defending District 1-Class AA champion Upper Perkiomen.
Add to that the Tribe lost a lot of talent from last year’s team and doesn’t quite have the numbers it did, and the Wildcats only grew deeper with a terrific freshmen class.
But it was still entertaining as the OJR boys held off Upper Perk, 110-75, in a Pioneer Athletic Conference meet Tuesday in the Wildcats pool.
The OJR girls, unbeatable in the PAC-10 for four straight seasons until a couple of years ago, are back on the rise thanks to some excellent young talent and easily defeated low-in-numbers Upper Perkiomen, 111-67, and — like the boys — swam their last two events non-scoring.

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