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Trojan swimmers battle through difficult midseason schedule

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in HS Sports

With their most recent wins over Dieruff, the Parkland swim teams have continued to fight their way through the schedule.

The girls team remains unblemished with a 5-0 record, while the boys have rallied to get to 3-2 on the season.

The schedule has a bit of a lull to it right now, with just the meet at Dieruff over the past week and just one meet (at home against Freedom Thursday afternoon) scheduled for the next week. The slower pace gives the swimmers a bit of time to recoup before the final push to the regular season. With districts five weeks away, many of the top swimmers have qualified for multiple events, but will be looking to shave time off of their qualifying times.

While the girls are the only undefeated team in the Lehigh Valley Conference, Emmaus and Northampton both only have one loss and aren't letting the Lady Trojans rest.

Parkland is the team that handed the loss to each of those teams, so they have the edge in the tiebreaker for the LVC title.

"I think the girls want to stay undefeated," said Parkland head coach Rob Robitaille. "Of course, the goal is to win the LVC first, but for them to go undefeated would make it even better and I think they can do that if they stay focused and continue to work as hard as they have."

After their meet against Freedom (2-2), Parkland has one remaining LVC meet on the schedule against Nazareth (5-2) and then a nonconference meet against Salisbury to finish up the season. A win over either the Patriots or Blue Eagles would give the Parkland girls the LVC title.

The boys are out of the running for the LVC title, but have been showing improvement as the season has progressed. After a slow start, the boys are getting into a groove and will have a shot at some redemption when the district meets come around in late February.

"I'm happy with how the boys have worked," said Robitaille. "We lost a lot of guys [to graduation] and don't have the numbers that we usually have, but things are falling into place and guys are starting to come into their own, so you have to like that."