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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZGrace Kennedy swims the 200 freestyle during a recent meet. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZGrace Kennedy swims the 200 freestyle during a recent meet.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZMatt Engler comes up for air during a 100-yard freestyle race. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZMatt Engler comes up for air during a 100-yard freestyle race.

Swim teams improve to 8-0

Thursday, February 2, 2017 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

Parkland’s girls and boys swim teams kept their perfect records intact with wins over Northampton in their most recent meet. Both teams are 8-0 on the season.

The girls team got off to a quick start with Courtney Sicinski, Nicole Nesland and Grace Kennedy taking the top three spots in the 200 freestyle. The girls also swept the top three spots in the 100 freestyle when Megan Sicinski finished first, followed by Laurel Krause and Sheilagh Farrell.

On the boys side, Matt Engler, Adam Kucharczuk and Bar Maymon took the top three spots in the 200 individual medley and Parkland finished first, second and third in the 100 backstroke with James Zhang taking first, Charles Villano second and Sidney Webb finishing third.

Parkland dominated in the diving event with Kate Gottwald, Alexa Brinker and Serena Johnson going one-two-three for the girls and Chris Lehman, Jon Hansell and Devin Cahill doing the same on the boys side.

The Trojans weathered the early part of the season where coach Rob Robitaille had some concerns about how the younger swimmers would adapt and how quickly they would start to put together what he calls “Parkland swims.” The young swimmers have adapted well and continue to get stronger, giving a lot of confidence going into the latter portion of the season schedule and the season-ending meet against rival Emmaus in two weeks.

“We always look forward to that, but we also stress that we don’t want to look past anybody,” said Robitaille. “It’s just a matter of taking the season meet-to-meet and seeing where it all ends up.”

Courtney Sicinski leads the girls swimmers with top times in the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly, while Zoe Sheridan has the top times in the 200 freestyle and the 500 freestyle. Megan Sicinski has the top team time in the 100 breaststroke. Matt Engler holds the top time in the 200 IM, with Matt Ceh the leader in the 100 freestyle and James Connolly holding the top team time in the 100 breaststroke.

As usual, the diving program has continued to dominate teams throughout the area. Gottwald and Brinker seemingly take turns finishing at the top, with Kaitlyn Smykowski, Johnson and Lexi Lehman all turning in impressive performances on a consistent basis. Chris Lehman is the top diver for the Parkland boys team.

“We knew that our diving was going to continue to be strong, but again, there are some young divers and you always want to see how they do early in the season,” said Robitaille. “They’ve done very well, so we not only have the upper classmen, but have younger divers for the future, too.”

The Trojans have their final road meet of the season Thursday afternoon at East Stroudsburg North and then finish with two home meets, the first against Whitehall and the last meet of the season being the rivalry meet with Emmaus. The EPC Diving Championships will be held on February 11 at Parkland.