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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZGavin Webb won Saturday’s 500-yard freestyle with a 20-second margin over the second-place finisher. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZGavin Webb won Saturday’s 500-yard freestyle with a 20-second margin over the second-place finisher.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Isaiah Moreef swims the backstroke leg of the medley relay Saturday against Emmaus. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Isaiah Moreef swims the backstroke leg of the medley relay Saturday against Emmaus.

Boys fall to Hornets

Thursday, February 6, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Parkland boys swimming and diving team (9-1 overall, 8-1 East Penn Conference) looked to knock off Emmaus (12-0, 11-0) and finish off an undefeated season in the EPC. Unfortunately for the Trojans, Emmaus was also looking to put together an unblemished record and came out on top 123-63 Saturday at Emmaus High School.

Matt Green, Shawn Kushner, Gavin Webb and James Zhang all put together impressive outings for the Trojans. The four combined for second-place finishes in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.

In the 200, the team posted a time of 1:30.21, almost three seconds ahead of third-place Emmaus. In the 400, the foursome secured a second-place finish with a time of 3:18.93.

In individual events, Webb took first place in the 500-yard freestyle, winning easily with a time of 4:43.97. His closest competitor, Emmaus’ Jack Reppert, was 20 seconds behind him.

In the 200-freestyle, Webb was just .15 seconds behind first-place finisher Luke Rautzhan of Emmaus to finish second. Teammate Greer finished third with a time of 1:49.45.

Kushner took first place in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.18, more than a full second ahead of Emmaus’ Michael Iacobelli.

“I thought our boys really competed well today and put a strong effort out there,” said coach Rob Robitaille. “They have more depth than we do and that showed, but our guys put a lot into preparing for this meet and they’ll be ready for districts after we wrap up the season.”

In diving, Ethan Radio finished in second place with a score of 292.75, followed by teammates Logan Choma (275.60) and Kole Cannon (241.40). Defending state champion Brendan McCourt was the winner by posting an Emmaus team and pool record of 354.05.

With the win, Emmaus clinched the EPC championship.

After finishing up the regular season against Easton (9-2, 7-2) this afternoon, some Trojan swimmers will compete in the Last Chance Meet at Emmaus High School next Saturday in an effort to either qualify or reset their district qualifying times. Districts will be held at Parkland High School February 28-29 and states will follow March at Bucknell University.

Divers will compete for the EPC championship Saturday at Emmaus High School and then compete in districts on February 22, also at Emmaus. As with swimming, the PIAA diving championships will be held at Bucknell next month.

Emmaus 123, Parkland 63

200 medley relay: 1. Emmaus (Nick Soares, Michael Iacobelli, Gio Germano, Devin Metzger) 1:36.36, 2. Emmaus, 3. Parkland (Isaiah Moreef, Nicholas Zaffiro, Luke Willard, Karl Schmidt).

200 freestyle: 1. Luke Rautzhan (E) 1:45.54, 2. Gavin Webb (P), 3. Matthew Greer (P).

200 IM: 1. Nick Soares (E) 1:58.53, 2. Michael Iacobelli (E), 3. James Zhang (P).

50 freestyle: 1. Alex Magditch (E) 22.36, 2. Cooper Kocon (E), 3. Ethan Ferris (E).

1-meter diving: 1. Brendan McCourt (E) 354.05, 2. Ethan Radio (P), 3. Logan Choma (P).

100 butterfly: 1. Gio Germano (E) 52.05, 2. Connor Shriver (E), 3. Matthew Greer (P).

100 freestyle: 1. Luke Rautzhan (E) 47.81, 2. Devin Metzger (E), 3. Alex Magditch (E).

500 freestyle: 1. Gavin Webb (P) 4:43.97, 2. Jack Reppert (E), 3. Davin Glynn (E).

200 freestyle relay: 1. Emmaus (Devin Metzger, Luke Rautzhan, Alex Magditch, Gio Germano) 1:27.25, 2. Parkland (Shawn Kushner, Matthew Greer, Gavin Webb, James Zhang), 3. Emmaus.

100 backstroke: 1. Nick Soares (E) 51.08, 2. Connor Shriver (E), 3. James Zhang (P) 55.92.

100 breaststroke: 1. Shawn Kushner (P) 1:00.18, 2. Michael Iacobelli (E), 3. Cooper Kocon (E).

400 freestyle relay: 1. Emmaus (Devin Metzger, Luke Rautzhan, Gio Germano, Nick Soares) 3:14.97, 2. Parkland (Matthew Greer, Gavin Webb, Shawn Kushner, James Zhang), 3. Emmaus.

Parkland 105, East Stroudsburg South 66

200 medley relay: 1. Parkland (Gavin Webb, Shawn Kushner, James Zhang, Matthew Greer) 1:41.87, 2. East Stroudsburg South, 3. Parkland (David Engler, Blane Christ, Ezequiel Yaya, Karl Schmidt).

200 freestyle: 1. Nicholas Zaffiro (P) 1:56.73, 2. Benjamin Marko (P), 3. Ezequiel Yaya (P).

200 IM: 1. Luke Willard (P) 2:10.45, 2. Isaiah Moreef (P), 3. Luis Ramirez Lopez (P).

50 freestyle: 1. Kevin Oliver (ESS) 23.14, 2. Karl Schmidt (P), 3. Logan Choma (P).

1-meter diving: 1. Kole Cannon (P) 259.70, 2. Logan Choma (P), 3. Ethan Radio (P).

100 butterfly: 1. Justin Oliver (ESS) 59.23, 2. Hyunwoo Kim (P), 3. Miguel Retto (ESS).

100 freestyle: 1. Kevin Oliver (ESS) 51.28, 2. Karld Schmidt (P), 3. Jacob Parry (P).

500 freestyle: 1. James Zhang (P) 4:51.92, 2 Shawn Kushner (P), 3. Matthew Greer (P).

200 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Shawn Kushner, Matthew Greer, David Engler, Jacob Parry) 1:37.25, 2. East Stroudsburg South, 3. East Stroudsburg South.

100 backstroke: 1. Justin Oliver (ESS) 56.63, 2. Crew Bunn (ESS), 3. Kenny Garrett (ESS).

100 breaststroke: 1. Gavin Webb (P) 1:04.70, 2. Marcus Ruiz (ESS), 3. Marcus Henriquez (ESS).

400 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Shawn Kushner, Luke Willard, Nicholas Zaffiro) 3:29.57, 2. Parkland (Douglas Graham, Hyunwoo Kim, Benjamin Marko, Isaiah Moreef), 3. East Stroudsburg South.