PHS swim teams prepare for big meets
The Parkland boys and girls swim teams are as focused as ever as they prepare for the final stretch of the 2019-20 season in the upcoming weeks.
The Trojan swim teams sport undefeated 7-0 records and while the they have a few dual meets left in the season, there’s one that Parkland swimmers look forward to most year in and year out. They take on Emmaus on Saturday, Feb. 1.
The Hornets are defending district champions in boys and girls divisions, breaking a 10-year run by the PHS girls last season.
“I feel like we’re competing well and are ready for the end of the season,” said head coach Rob Robitaille. “We’ve been training hard and really want to perform well at Emmaus and then see where that takes us at districts.”
Two senior leaders on either team that Robitalle can lean on are Gavin Webb of the boys team and Annie Walls of the girls squad. Each has become a leader and are staples in the for their team.
“Our team is really big this year and we have a lot of depth,” said Walls. “I’d say being undefeated to this point was the expectation. I think with our depth and options make us a pretty good team.”
“We didn’t lose that many seniors from last year,” said Webb, “so we knew we’d have a pretty good team coming into this year. The expectation was always 7-0 going into the Emmaus meet and see if we can win that one.”
Parkland has defeated Eastern Pennsylvania Conference foes Liberty, Nazareth, Allen, Pocono Mountain East and Freedom this season. They would love to also beat the rival Hornets.
“Everyone’s been working really hard at practice preparing for the Emmaus meet,” said Walls. “I’m excited for all of the younger swimmers to experience the energy of this meet because it’s unlike any other.”
“It’s really exciting because it’s the fastest dual meet we experience all season,” Webb said. “This meet really gets us prepared for districts.”
Looking at the district meet in their home pool on February 28-29, Walls will most likely compete in the 500 free and 100 butterfly or the 500-free and 200-free, and Webb will swim the 500 free and 200 free.
Through the first couple of meets this season, the seniors are satisfied with where their team is and where they are individually, but they know that they can still improve.
“I’ve only swam the 500-free twice this year, so I should hopefully be swimming that at Emmaus,” said Walls. “I’m hoping to improve my times from this season in that meet, but I’m pretty happy with what I’ve done so far this year.”
“At the 500 [free], I’m right at where I want to be,” said Webb. “In the 200 [free] I’m ahead of where I was last year. So hopefully I can just continue to improve in the Emmaus meet and have a strong finish at districts.”
Parkland’s senior night is next Thursday night at home against East Stroudsburg South.
Parkland 111, Freedom 67
200 medley relay: 1. Parkland (Laurel Krause, Kayla Johnson, Lauren Walls, Claire Weaver) 2:01.95, 2. Parkland (Abigail Kirsopp, Wynne Houser, Leyna Fleischaker, Natalie Link), 3. Freedom.
200 freestyle: 1. Isabel Sheridan (P) 2:08.97, 2. Leyna Fleischaker (P), 3. Abigail Kirsopp (P).
200 IM: 1. Kayla Johnson (P) 2:14.95, 2. Claire Weaver (P), 3. Abigail Kirsopp (P).
50 freestyle: 1. Annie Walls (P) 25.78, 2. Madison Tewksbury (P), 3. Isabel Sheridan (P).
1-meter diving: 1. Lexi Lehman (P) 268.70, 2. Alex Brinker (P), 3. Kate Gottwald (P).
100 butterfly: 1. Madison Tewksbury (P) 1:03.07, 2. Abby Burnette (F), 3. Claire Weaver (P).
100 freestyle: 1. Devon Corvaia (P) 57.72, 2. Kira Colarusso (P), 3. Wynee Houser (P).
500 freestyle: 1. Kayla Johnson (P) 5:16.02, 2. Claire Svetz (P), 3. Hillary Roth (P).
200 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Simone Lin, Kira Colarusso, Caroline Fahrney, Lauren Ceh) 1:47.48, 2. Freedom, 3. Parkland (Isabel Sheridan, Lauren Walls, Sophie Sheridan, Jillian Walls).
100 backstroke: 1. Abby Burnette (F) 1:05.38, 2. Sage Hillier (F), 3. Grace Christiansen (F).
100 breaststroke: 1. Aliah Corrado (F) 1:15.81, 2. Isabelle Burnett (F), 3. Kirsti Cooper (F).
400 freestyle relay: 1. Freedom (Lilly Anderson, Monika Ryszewska, Deborah Belen, Sophie Twigger) 4:31.04, 2. Freedom, 3. Parkland (Simone Lin, Madison Tewksbury, Annie Walls, Caroline Fahrney).
Parkland 93, Freedom 61
200 medley relay: 1. Parkland (Matthew Greer, James Zhang, Isaiah Moreef, Karl Schmidt) 1:49.73, 2. Freedom, 3. Parkland (Douglas Graham, Ezequiel Yaya, Jacob Parry, Luis Ramirez Lopez).
200 freestyle: 1. Isaiah Moreef (P) 1:56.37, 2. Luke McClure (F), 3. Kim Hyunwoo (P).
200 IM: 1. Luke Willard (P) 2:08.33, 2. Andrew Ehret (F), 3. Jacob Parry (P)
50 freestyle: 1. Karl Schmidt (P), 2. Nicholas Zaffiro (P), 3. Benjamin Marko (P).
1-meter diving: 1. Logan Choma (P) 299.40, 2. Ethan Radio (P), 3. Matthew Blommel (P).
100 butterfly: 1. Danny Connell (F) 59.06, 2. Ezequiel Yaya (P), 3. Benjamin Marko (P).
100 freestyle: 1. Luke McClure (F) 53.68, 2. Nicholas Zaffiro (P), 3. Jacob Parry (P).
500 freestyle: 1. Andrew Ehret (F) 5:12.38, 2. Isaiah Moreef (P), 3. Kim Hyunwoo (P).
200 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Karl Schmidt, Luke Willard, Nicholas Zaffiro, Jacob Parry) 1:39.25, 2. Freedom, 3. Parkland (Isaiah Moreef, Douglas Graham, Hyunwoo Kim, Marcus Moreef).
100 backstroke: 1. Adam Ameerally (F) 1:24.39, 2. Somak Roy (F), 3. Matthew Greer (P).
100 breaststroke: 1. Danny Connell (F) 1:10.07, 2. Eric Mann (F), 3. Shivam Chand (F).
400 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Luke Willard, Nicholas Zaffiro, Benjamin Marko, Matthew Greer) 3:39.03, 2. Parkland (James Zhang, Blane Christ, Marcus Moreef, Ezequiel Yaya).