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The Parkland boys and girls swim teams competed in the Cedar Crest Invitational this past Saturday, with the Trojan girls finishing second among eight teams and the boys finishing third out of nine teams.
Governor Mifflin won the girls competition, while Emmaus took the boys competition with Southern Lehigh edging out the Trojans for second place.
The meet kicked off a busy week for the teams with three meets this week, including a showdown against Cumberland Valley Saturday at home.
“That’s going to be a pretty big meet,” said Parkland head coach Rob Robitaille. “Last year we edged out both sides pretty well, but they definitely gained some stuff and we definitely lost some stuff, so it should be a pretty interesting meet; we’ll see how it goes.”
Robitaille got a good look at both returning swimmers and newcomers in Saturday’s meet and had some solid performances from both groups.
On the girls side, Megan Sicinski finished first in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100 breaststroke for Parkland, with Courtney Sicinski finishing just behind her in the breaststroke. Megan Sicinski teamed with Abigail Sheridan, Courtney Sicinski and Zoe Sheridan to finish second in the medley relay.
For the boys, Matt Ceh took first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events and James Connolly took first in the 100 breaststroke. In relays, Parkland finished second in the 200 freestyle relay with a team composed of Adam Kucharczuk, James Zhang, Connolly and Ceh.
“We did all right, it was a pretty good opening meet,” said Robitaille. “We have a lot of stuff that we need to clean up, but we had some surprising things from a few of the kids and then some who could do a little bit better here and there. Overall, I’d give it an all right.
“A lot of freshmen had some good swims. We have a large freshman class and they had some good swims today. There are still some things that we can definitely improve upon, but it was a very good start. We had a lot of them qualify [for districts] in events for us already, which is very good news.”
A team comprised of freshmen Devon Corvaia, Wynne Houser and Bella Giuffrida and sophomore Lauren Ceh finished sixth in the medley relay. Freshman Natalie Link was seventh in the 500 freestyle and eighth in the 200 IM, while classmate Laurel Krause took eighth in the 200 freestyle. Giuffrida finished eighth in the butterfly and Houser was eighth in the 100 breaststroke.
On the boys side, freshman Luke Rautzhan finished fifth in the 200 freestyle and fellow freshman Shawn Kushner was eighth in the 200 IM.
“At least we know what the job is now for what we have to do the rest of the season,” said Robitaille. “So we can try to catch up with some of the local competition, but it was a good start.”