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PWHS senior Brennan Coyle swims for two silver medals—and two school records—at PIAA state championship

PWHS senior Brennan Coyle swims for two silver medals—and two school records—at PIAA state championship

The Plymouth Whitemarsh High School Boys Swimming and Diving team sent eight swimmers and two divers to the 2024 Pennsylvania state Swimming and Diving Championship at Bucknell University on March 13-16.

Leading the charge for PWHS was senior Brennan Coyle, who showcased his dominance in the pool by clinching second place in two events: the 100-yard Butterfly and the 100-yard Breaststroke. Coyle's remarkable swims not only secured silver medals but also etched his name in PWHS and PIAA history. His time of 47.57 in the Butterfly ranked sixth fastest in state history and 53.91 in the breaststroke as the fourth fastest. The times also set new school records, shattering Niles Rankin’s breaststroke time of 57.79 from 2020 and Kyle Lukens’ butterfly time of 48.97 from 2012.

Boys wearing two silver medals

Brennan Coyle

PWHS also demonstrated their collective strength in relay competition. After finishing 13th at the District One championships, the 200 Medley Relay, comprised of PWHS junior Wyatt McDevitt, Brennan Coyle, PWHS junior Aidan Smith, and PWHS sophomore Gavin Kriebel, secured a 10th place finish at states. Their time of 1:34.98 just missed the school record of 1:34.74. 

Coyle also led off the 200 Freestyle Relay with a time of 20.28, only 15 minutes after swimming the 100 Butterfly, which would have placed him third at the state meet. That relay consisted of Brennan Coyle, Gavin Kriebel, PWHS sophomore John Carr, and Aidan Smith.The 200 Freestyle Relay finished in 17th place overall.    

The Alderfer brothers, Jed and Austin, represented PWHS in the diving competition. PWHS junior Jed Alderfer secured 20th place with a score of 226.20, while his younger brother, PWHS freshman Austin Alderfer, claimed 18th place with a score of 251.30. 

Also traveling up to the meet as alternates for the relays were PWHS senior Alex Babka, PWHS junior Dryden Dafoe, and PWHS freshman Erik Babka.

PWHS Boys Swim Coach Kevin Golebiewski expressed pride in his team's accomplishments, emphasizing Coyle's stellar performances and the team's dedication and work ethic throughout the season.

Nine boys on the pool deck