PHS Girls win District 11 title
While the District 11 Swimming Championship may have been moved out of Parkland High School because of a power outage, the smaller setting at Emmaus High School proved to be just fine for the Parkland girls team as they won their 10th straight district championship, coasting to a 524-364 victory over second-place Emmaus.
In all, the Lady Trojans collected four gold medals in individual events and added another in the 200-yard medley relay. The 200 individual medley was the event of the weekend for Parkland with Ally Lin taking gold, followed by Megan Sicinski and Courtney Sicinski to dominate the medal stand.
Parkland girls also took three of the top four spots in the 100 breaststroke as Megan Sicinski took gold, followed by sister Courtney Sicinski in second and Caroline Fahrney in the fourth position.
Megan Sicinski collected three medals, including a gold and a silver in individual events and a gold as part of the 200 medley relay team. Her individual gold came in the 100 breaststroke where she set a new district record with a time of 1:03.57, beating the standing record of 1:03.83 set by Casey Keiber in 1992. Her performance over the weekend led her to being named the top female swimmer at the event making her the recipient of the Dennis A. McGinley Award for her accomplishments.
“It was really shocking when I heard my name,” said Sicinski of winning the award. “I was really surprised. It’s crazy.”
Parkland’s 200 medley relay team took gold with Megan and Courtney Sicinski combining with Abby Sheridan and Grace Kennedy.
The other individual gold medals went to Zoe Sheridan in the 200 freestyle and sophomore Annie Walls in the 500 freestyle. Walls also captured second place in the 100 butterfly competition. Kennedy finished fourth in the 50 freestyle event.
With two individual and two relay medals, Walls was the only Parkland swimmer to grab four medals on the day. She was teamed with Zoe Sheridan, Kennedy and Lin on the 200 freestyle relay team and had Zoe and Abby Sheridan along with Lin as teammates for a silver medal performance in the 400-freestyle relay.
“It’s a lot of fun and there’s a lot of energy,” said Walls, who wasn’t thrown much by the smaller venue, although she admits that she would have rather been in her home pool at Parkland. “I kind of like having a bigger pool with a warm-up pool, especially for the 500, but a 4:58 in the 500 without a warm-up, I’m still pretty happy.”
Two Parkland females took the top two spots in the District 11 Diving Championship the week before the swimming events were held. Alexa Brinker won gold and Lexi Lehman finished with a silver medals. Both divers wrapped up spots in the PIAA Diving Championship.
Gold medalists in swimming are also guaranteed spots in the state swimming championships being held next week at Bucknell University. Other medalists will be waiting to see if their times in the district meet are good enough to qualify them for a shot at competing in states. The top non-gold medal winners from across Pennsylvania are given spots to compete at Bucknell.