LOWER SALFORD — Caitlyn Freece is happy to be back in the water.
“I love swimming. I’ve been here at Towamencin since I was a baby,” the North Penn grad said Wednesday as the sun began to set at the packed Bux-Mont B Championships. “I’ve been swimming here for so long, it’s like my second home.”
After a concussion wiped out much of her water polo and winter swim seasons, Freece enjoyed quite a resurgence this summer, capped off by a stellar performance at the Harleysville Community Pool.
“I’m so happy I could get in the water for my final year,” she said.
Headed for the University of Lynchburg, Freece raced to three victories on Wednesday night, taking the 50-meter butterfly, 50 backstroke and 100 free in the 15-and-over division.
“It’s always so much fun to come to these meets and see everybody,” she said. “You see all the little kids get so excited and it gets you excited about the meet. I’m just so happy to be here. It’s been a really good meet.
“I’ve been swimming for Towamencin for 12 years. It’s so much fun. I wouldn’t wanna spend 12 years any other way. I like the family you build. I’ve known girls and guys here for the whole 12 years. It’s so cool, the people you meet and the family you build throughout this program.”
Freece showed her versatility throughout the evening.
“(My swims) were better than I thought,” she said. “I’m coming off the injury so I’m just trying to improve for college and work my way back. I’m getting there and I’m pretty happy with how I’m coming.”
She also enjoyed her time at North Penn.
“It was nice. It’s a very big school but the really cool thing about it was that I met somebody new every single year,” she said. “I made great, new friendships every single year.”
In other swims, Nor-Gwyn’s 8-and-under boys 100 free relay team of Andrew Farno, Johnny Kaltenbacher, Connor Speece and Kieran Hanley motored to a victory and Hatfield’s Emily Donahue had a nice race in the 13-14 50 fly, taking home first place.
League Champion Fanny Chapman’s Ethan Hardis took home the 13-14 50 breast and Pennridge’s Lucy Blore was fastest in the 8-and-under 25 back.
Host Harleysville got one of its victories from John Graham in the 8-and-under 25 breast, Souderton went one and two in the 11-12 50 breast, led by Jack Potson, and Lansdale’s Jane Gambale was a gamer, winning the 8-and-under 25 breast.
Souderton hosts the A Championships Saturday morning at 7.