Trojans earn split with Emmaus
The Parkland swim teams came away from their annual meet with Emmaus gaining split results. The girls picked up a key 100.5-85.5 win while the boys dropped a 133-53 decision.
The win kept the girls team undefeated at 4-0 this season, while the boys fell to 1-3 on the year.
The girls got off to a strong start with their A team of Siena Salvaggio, Erika Freeman, Kira Karopoulos and Erin Jordan in the 200-yard medley relay. The Trojans won by almost 17 seconds over Emmaus' top teams.
Teams from Parkland also grabbed third and fifth in the event, giving the Lady Trojans an early 10-4 lead that they would continue to build on when Salvaggio won the 200 freestyle, with teammate Victoria Connolly coming in second.
That's when the meet became a real battle. Emmaus closed the gap and was trailing by just two points (32-30) going into the one-meter diving event. The Emmaus girls were able to pick up the two points they needed, despite a strong performance from Madeline Hain, who finished second in the event. When diving concluded, the Lady Trojans and Lady Hornets were tied at 39.
Over the last seven girls events though, Parkland slowly pulled away and grabbed a commanding lead that was clinched when Salvaggio, Freeman, Connolly and Jordan grabbed a pretty easy win in the 400-freestyle relay event.
"I'm happy with their performance, but I don't think overall, that we swam very well," said Parkland coach Rob Robitaille. "I think they [Emmaus] swam very well and we did well here and there. I'm glad our girls were able to come through. They showed great resilience, but we need to get better."
On the day, Salvaggio was part of two relay teams that won their events and also took first in both the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle.
"Sienna had a very good day," said Robitaille. "I know that she had some very strong races. She was looking for a little bit faster 200-free split, but she did very well and I thought she had a good day."
Salvaggio believes that her training has helped her to improve and that she will continue to get stronger as the season goes on. She also agrees with her coach that the girls team, even though they're undefeated, can be a tougher team than they've shown so far this season.
"I'm training as hard as possible with the team and our coach has been pushing us really hard and we're doing our best to get better each day," said Salvaggio, a sophomore. "I think that over the Christmas break, we're going to do our best to train and improve so we can be even stronger."
The boys team had a tougher day, but saw a strong performance from Adam Sicinski, who picked up first place finishes in the 50 and 100-freestyle individual events and a second place finish on the second-place 200-freestyle team that also included Bar Maymon, Anthony Coates and Hyunbin Kim.
In diving, Josh Anderson and Christopher Lehman finished first and second, respectively, helping the Trojans to an 11-5 win in boys diving.