Frankenfield, Bauer pick up medals
Northampton High School swimmer, Gavyn Frankenfield, won two medals, and teammate, Michael Bauer, won one medal at the District XI Class AAA Swimming Championships on Friday and Saturday at Parkland High School.
“No one medal feels better over the other,” Frankenfield said. “It was just a good night overall.”
The top four finishers in each event were honored with a medal and a stand on the podium.
Frankenfield placed fourth in the 200 free with a time of 1:47.66.
“I wasn’t really expecting it, but I was hoping because I knew I could. I felt really strong, extra strong,” said Frankenfield.
The Northampton junior was seeded eighth.
“As soon as I finished, I saw [assistant coach] Cullen [Mentzell], and I’ve never seen him that happy before,” Frankenfield said. “It felt great because Northampton hasn’t had an individual [event] medal in years. It’s something I’ve never felt before.”
Frankenfield also won a third place medal after being seeded eighth in the 100 butterfly, tying with Mathew Engler from Parkland, with a time of 53.89.
“I stayed as focused as I could, and I didn’t mess around at practice,” said Frankenfield. “I should have gone out faster. I was saving a little too much for the end, but I ended up catching up.”
Bauer moved up from a seventh-place seeding to take fourth place in the 100 backstroke.
“In the first couple laps I could see the person next to me, and I felt good. I was ahead,” said Bauer. “In the end, I went numb and pushed it so I wouldn’t feel it.”
Bauer’s time was 54.45.
“There were people seeded in front of me who had solid times,” Bauer said. “It was nice to be on the podium, and I’m glad I wasn’t the only one.”
Bauer also placed sixth in the 50 free with a time of 22:42.
Rachael Pursell came in 11th in the 200 free with a time of 2:03.48, and Jack Kennedy was 28th in 2:02.70.
Brynne Rockovits finished in eighth place in the 200 IM in 2:17.54, and Alyssa Gerstenberg was 24th with a time of 2:37.63.
In the 50 free, Morgan Fehnel placed 20th in 27.05.
Rebecca Nothstein placed 12th in 1:02.54, and Annalise Christy came in 16th in 1:04.03 in the 100 butterfly.
Nothstein also placed in the 100 free, coming in eighth with a time of 56.16, and Kaitlin Nemes was 24th in 1:00.96.
In the 500 free, Christy was 16th with a time of 5:44.34, and Jarin Gaumer placed 25th with a time of 5:29.05.
Rockovits took seventh place in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:02.45, and Pursell took 10th place in the same event with a time of 1:03.54.
Fehnel placed 21st in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:17.85.
Northampton girls and boys competed in all three relays.
In the 200 medley relay, Pursell, Fehnel, Christy, and Nemes placed seventh in 2:00.01, and Kennedy, Jared Iasiello, Steton Weber, and Josh Millan placed 11th in 1:52.04.
In the 200 free relay, Rockovits, Fehnel, Nothstein, and Nemes placed eighth in 1:44.29, and Frankenfield, Iasiello, Bauer, and Weber also placed eighth in 1:33.72.
In the 400 free relay, Nothstein, Nemes, Pursell, and Rockovits took fifth place in 3:49.53, and Frankenfield, Millan, Bauer, and Weber also placed fifth in 3:25.11.
The Konkrete Kids are coached by Gwen Whildin.