EHS boys use depth for victory
The Parkland boys swim team came into their season finale against Emmaus looking to end the Hornets’ streak of 13 straight conference championships. Unfortunately for the Trojans, it wasn’t meant to be as Emmaus won the boys’ side of last week’s dual meet 111-75.
James Connolly got Parkland off to a good start with an impressive win in the 200-yard freestyle, winning by over two-seconds. That was just the start of a big day for Connolly as he added a second individual win in the 100 breaststroke and was part of the 200 freestyle relay team that took first place when he teamed with James Zhang, Adam Kucharczuk and Matt Ceh.
Apparently, those first-place finishes weren’t enough for Connolly as he worked with Gavin Webb, Ceh and Kucharczuk to place second in the 400 freestyle relay.
Ceh also finished with two wins, taking first in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events.
“We had a lot of guys who had good swims today,” said Parkland head coach Rob Robitaille. “I’m very proud of how they competed and with how they’ve grown over the season and keep getting better and better. I think they’re all pretty focused on what they can accomplish in districts and even at states, so I think that’s going to be pretty exciting.”
Gavin Webb finished third for Parkland in the 200 freestyle and later took the top spot in the 500 freestyle for the Trojans.
Parkland trailed 38-24 heading into the diving portion of the meet and picked up two points on Emmaus when they had freshman Logan Choma take second, Kole Cannon place third and Devin Cahill finish fourth. Emmaus’ Brendan McCourt took the top spot in diving.
Also in the meet, Zhang added to his relay performances with a second in the 200 individual medley, finishing just about a second off the top time in the event. Zhang took third in the 100-backstroke for Parkland.
The Trojans finished the regular season with a 10-2 overall record and a 10-1 record in their EPC meets.
“They have a lot of depth on the boys side and we knew this was going to be a tough meet, as it always is,” said Robitaille. “Our effort was there and we had a great season both with a lot of individual performances and as a team, so we have no reason to hang our heads.”