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Brentwood's Bakowski, Jorgenson gearing for WPIAL Class AA championships

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By Jennifer Goga
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Brentwood boys' and girls' swim teams are off to a solid start this season

The boys opened the week undefeated at 5-0, while the girls were 4-1 on the year.

“We are a pretty decent little team. We just need to stay competitive,” Mark Wroblewski, Brentwood's head coach, said.

The boys' team has won back-to-back section titles, but the Spartans are young this year with only three seniors.

“This is a ‘wait and see' year for us,” Wroblewski said.

Senior Kevin Bakowski and juniors Jake Staude, Christian Ivers and Mark Tichenor are the boys' team co-captains.

Bakowski already has qualified for the WPIAL Class AA finals in both the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.

Two of the boys' relay units, the 200 freestyle and 200 medley, also have qualified for the WPIAL championships. The 200 freestyle relayers almost broke the school record a year ago.

“They are still working on breaking that record. They're close,” said Jodi Bakowski, Kevin's mother and an active parent volunteer for the team.

Tichenor has turned in solid performances in the backstroke and butterfly events, as has freshman Matt Bakowski in the breaststroke.

Junior diver Tyler Jorgenson qualified for the WPIAL finals twice last month. He advanced to the WPIAL and PIAA finals last season.

Three swimmers to watch on the team include freshmen Ben Smith, Ethan Kemmler and Matthew Bakowski. All three left a mark on the Brentwood Middle School team by breaking several school records.

The Brentwood girls' team is led by four co-captains in seniors Katy Ellen Kramer and Alexis Gaughan, and juniors Cassidy Nodaros and Sara Frey.

Kramer is close to WPIAL qualifying times in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

There are three sets of siblings in the Brentwood swim program this year, including Kevin and Matt Bakowski; junior Sara Frey and her sister Dana, a freshman; and the Stockline sisters — Shelby, a junior, and Sabrina, a sophomore.

Jennifer Goga is a freelance writer.

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