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NANCY SCHOLZ/THE PRESS Connor Harrison is the top seed in the top seed in the 100 back and seeded third in the 200 IM. NANCY SCHOLZ/THE PRESS Connor Harrison is the top seed in the top seed in the 100 back and seeded third in the 200 IM.

Boys swimmers eyeing a repeat at district meet

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by LOU RUSNOCK lrusnock@tnonline.com in HS Sports

The Salisbury boys swimming and diving team got a leg up in the race for a second consecutive District 11 title when Dennis Bonner and Daniel Bujcs finished second and third, respectively, at last weekend's diving championships.

If the seeds for Friday and Saturday's District 11 swimming championships are any indication, the Falcons are in great shape to defend their crown.

Of the 11 events to be contested at Parkland High School, Salisbury swimmers are seeded first in eight of them. That includes the fastest times in all three relay events - the 200 medley and 200 and 400 frees. Those races will be particularly important as team's earn double points in relays.

Senior Eric Tatum, the defending Class 2A champion in the 100 fly, figures to be set for another big meet. Tatum, who won the Dennis McGinley Award last season at the meet's top swimmer, is seeded first in the fly and the 100 free, where his seed time is almost two seconds faster than his closest competitor, teammate Jon Anderson. Anderson is the top seed in the 200 free and also figures to swim two relays.

Also grabbing top seeds are Tim Costantini (200 IM) and Connor Harrison (100 back). Costantini is seeded second in the 500 free behind Northwestern representative Trey Shackleton. Harrison is the third seed in the 200 IM, with Palmerton's Sawyer Allen sandwiched between he and Costantini.

Garrett Collins also figures to bolster Salisbury's medal haul in the 500 free, where he's seeded fourth. Sprinter Dylan Bonge is the fourth seed in the meet's fastest race - the 50 free.

Joe Skibbens and Ian Carey represent the Falcon boys' hopes in the 100 breast, where they're seeded eighth and ninth, respectively.

Salisbury's biggest competition on the boys side figures to come from Southern Lehigh. The rival Spartans are seeded second in all three relays and have several swimmers capable of shaving time for the district meet.

On the girls side, Salisbury's top medal hopeful is Danielle Guttman. She is seeded second in the 500 free and sixth in the 200 free.

The Falcon girls will also try to advance a relay team to the state meet. The 200 free team is seeded fifth, while the 400 free team checks in with the fourth-best qualifying time. Southern Lehigh is the favorite on the girls side, where the Spartans have the top times in the relays and six of the eight individual events.