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PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSON Parkland's Sailee Rain swims the backstroke at last weekend's invitational meet. PRESS PHOTO BY CHUCK HIXSON Parkland's Sailee Rain swims the backstroke at last weekend's invitational meet.

PHS swim team hosts invitational

Thursday, January 9, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

For many years, Parkland and Emmaus swimmers competed in the Bucknell Invitational over the holidays and it was used as a key measuring stick for their progress. The event brought some of Pennsylvania's best to the site of the state championships for a mid-season check on how they were doing.

When the Bucknell meet was discontinued, the two local teams put their heads together and came up with their own invitational that would be held at Parkland High School, with competition rivaling that of the old days at Bucknell.

The first New Year's Invitational was held last weekend and was a strong success.

The event saw high school teams from Hershey, Muhlenberg, Upper Dublin and Wilson in addition to Emmaus and Parkland compete. The event was a success for Emmaus as their boys team took first place, while the girls finished third in the competition.

Parkland placed sixth overall in the invitational, with the boys team finishing sixth and the girls team placing fourth in the event.

Siena Salvaggio took a first place in the girls 200-yard freestyle, fourth in the 50-yard freestyle and was part of relay teams that finished third in both the 200-yard and 400-yard freestyle relays. The Lady Trojans also placed fourth in the 200-yard medley relay.

Junior Erin Jordan was strong in the 100-yard backstroke, placing second and finishing fourth in the 200-yard freestyle and played a strong role on relay teams as well.

On the boys side, freshman Matt Engler turned in the highest individual performance of the day for the Trojans, finishing seventh in the 100-yard backstroke.

Engler also was part of the team that finished eighth in the 200-yard medley relay and seventh in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Parkland swims at home this afternoon against Northampton and competes this weekend in the Wilson West Lawn Relays. Next week, Parkland swims at Whitehall and Dieruff.