LANCASTER -- Just a few days before Germantown Academy's swim and dive team embarked on their trip to Franklin & Marshall College, Head Swimming Coach Jeff Thompson called his shot. The man in charge of the Patriots predicted that the winner of the meet would be either his team or Mercersburg Academy. Members of the team, like captain Nicole Ranile '22, were confident as well, saying that the goal all along was to win the combined team title. When the final event concluded on Saturday, that goal became a reality.
With 679 points, the GA girls swimming and diving team claimed its first Easterns title since they won in 2015. Mercersburg finished in second with 472.5 points. The boys swimming and diving team finished second behind Mercersburg (621 points) with 533 points. However, when the scores were put together, GA outscored the Blue Storm, 1212-1093.5.
The second day of competition started with Brendan Hodgens '24, Asher Sasson '23 and Gavin Zivitz '25 registering a total of 72 points. Hodgens took fourth in the Boys 1-Mtr Dive with 423.30 points, while Sasson finished sixth with a score of 320.95 and Zivitz finished eighth with 310.80.
Emily Hamill '25 went 50.30 in the Girls 100 Freestyle, claiming first place and beating out the second-place finisher by .07 seconds. Karly Boles '25 finished third in the Girls 100 Backstroke with a time of 55.35.
GA earned a total of 76 points during the Girls 500 Freestyle thanks to Arina Vorobyeva '25, Ranile and Sarah Freeman '25. Vorobyeva finished third with a time of 4:59.16, while Ranile took fourth in 4:59.49. Freeman finished in seventh with a time of 5:02.87.
Eliza Meth '23 and Lily Acker '22 scored for the Patriots in the Girls 100 Breaststroke, going 1:04.54 and 1:05.23, respectively. Meth took second while Acker finished fourth. GA closed out the girls events by winning the 400 Freestyle Relay in 3:24.68. The group of Hamill, Taylor Grimley '24, Freeman, and Vorobyeva set a new F&M pool record and swam under the All-American consideration mark.
Jack Maketa '22 and JJ Freeman '23 scored for GA by taking second and fourth in the Boys 100 Freestyle. Maketa went 44.75, earning All-American consideration, while Freeman finished in 45.74. Landon D'Ariano '24 took first in the Boys 500 Free (4:24.46), edging out teammate Henry Morrissey '22 (4:25.10) for the top spot. Both swimmers recorded times under the Longcourse Jr. Champs standard.
The Patriots ended the night with a third-place finish in the Boys 400 Freestyle Relay. Maketa, Freeman, D'Ariano and Morrissey recorded a time of 3:03.51, well under the All-American qualifying time of 3:06.28.
The results at Easterns cap off a dream season for the Patriots. Earlier this year, both teams finished the Inter-Ac League season undefeated on their way to a league title. For the boys, it was the first time since 2012, while the girls won the League last in 2015. This season marks the first time that Germantown Academy has won the combined team title at Easterns since they began recording that championship in 2019.