Trojan girls beat Emmaus
The Parkland girls swim team may have had its most intense meet of the season Saturday at Emmaus, but Thursday the Trojans go for all the marbles when they go up against Easton High School (9-2 overall, 8-1 East Penn Conference). With a win, Parkland would earn the conference championship, but a loss would give Easton the title.
In relays Saturday against Emmaus, Parkland (10-0, 9-0) took the top spot in both the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relay events.
In the 200, Laurel Krause, Devon Corvaia, Lauren Ceh and Kayla Johnson led Parkland to a win with a time of 1:41.16 as the Lady Trojans picked up points for both first and third place in the event. In the 400, Johnson was teamed with Krause, Claire Weaver and Annie Walls to post a time of 3:44.12, a full five seconds ahead of the team of Ceh, Kira Colarusso, Simone Lin and Olivia Stevenson as Parkland took the top two spots.
In individual events, Annie Walls put together an impressive day. The senior swimmer, who swam with club teams in her freshman and junior seasons, took first-place finishes in the 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle events to go with being part of the relay team victory in the 400 freestyle and a second-place finish with the 200-yard medley relay team.
The win in the 500 freestyle helped lead Parkland to a one-two-three finish with Stevenson placing second and Weaver coming in third.
“I’m really happy to be back with the team this season,” said Walls. “This is a really great team and we’re all excited about how the season has gone and looking forward to districts. I think we have a really good shot at doing well in the district meet and even going beyond that with a lot of our swimmers.”
What made the individual wins impressive is the fact that there is only one other girls event between the 100 butterfly and 500 freestyle, giving Walls little time to rest between the two. Walls plans on swimming both events at districts, but will have an easier time since the events are on different days in the postseason.
“It was difficult, but it worked out,” said Walls. “I’m looking forward to districts where it won’t be a problem.”
Sophomore Kayla Johnson complimented her two first-place finishes in relay events with two individual finishes as well. Johnson won the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:58.37, just ahead of teammate Stevenson. In the 100-freestyle she edged out Emmaus’ Peyton Rautzhan to help Parkland stretch its lead to 66-44 after seven events.
Diver Lexi Lehman put on another impressive show with a score of 282.90. Teammates Kate Gottwald (249.50) and Alexa Brinker (235.00) finished second and third respectively. All three will compete in the EPC championships coming up this Saturday at Emmaus. The District 11 diving championship will be held on February 22, also at Emmaus.
For the swimmers, some of the Parkland swimmers will compete in the Last Chance Meet at Emmaus on February 15 looking to qualify or reset their qualifying times for districts. The district meet will be held at Parkland on February 28-29 as swimmers look to qualify for the PIAA meet, which is held at Bucknell University in March.
Parkland 122, Emmaus 64
200 medley relay: 1. Emmaus (Bella Buchman, Lauren Sharp, Mya Puentes, Peyton Rautzhan) 1:50.04, 2. Parkland (Claire Weaver, Madison Tewksbury, Annie Walls, Devon Corvaia), 3. Parkland (Simone Lin, Caroline Fahrney, Hillary Roth, Lauren Ceh).
200 freestyle: 1. Kayla Johnson (P) 1:58.37, 2. Olivia Stevenson (P), 3. Kera Reinhard (E).
200 IM: 1. Madison Tewksbury (P) 2:12.26, 2. Lauren Sharp (E), 3. Chloe Vlaeminick (E).
50 freestyle: 1. Mya Puentes (E) 24.66, 2. Peyton Rautzhan (E), 3. Laurel Krause (P).
1-meter diving: 1. Lexi Lehman (P) 282.90, 2. Kate Gottwald (P), 3. Alexa Brinker (P).
100 butterfly: 1. Annie Walls (P) 57.78, 2. Mya Puentes (E), 3. Hillary Roth (P).
100 freestyle: 1. Kayla Johnson (P) 53.22, 2. Peyton Rautzhan (E), 3. Laurel Krause (P).
500 freestyle: 1. Annie Walls (P) 5:16.61, 2. Olivia Stevenson (P), 3. Claire Weaver (P).
200 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Laurel Krause, Devon Corvaia, Lauren Ceh, Kayla Johnson) 1:41.16, 2. Emmaus, 3. Parkland (Kira Colarusso, Sydney Platt, Isabel Sheridan, Madison Tewksbury).
100 backstroke: 1. Simone Lin (P) 1:00.98, 2. Devon Corvaia (P), 3. Bella Buchman (E).
100 breaststroke: 1. Madison Tewksbury (P) 1:06.34, 2. Lauren Sharp (E), 3. Chloe Vlaeminick (E).
400 freestyle relay: 1. Parkland (Kayla Johnson, Claire Weaver, Laurel Krause, Annie Walls) 3:44.12, 2. Parkland (Kira Colarusso, Simone Lin, Lauren Ceh, Olivia Stevenson), 3. Emmaus.
East Stroudsburg South 56
200 medley relay: 1. Parkland (Simone Lin, Madison Tewksbury, Devon Corvaia, Olivia Stevenson) 1:55.74, 2. Parkland (Claire Weaver, Wynne Houser, Caroline Fahrney, Sydney Platt), 3. East Stroudsburg South
200 freestyle: 1. Annie Walls (P) 2:00.41, 2. Laurel Krause (P), 3. Madison Tewksbury (P).
200 IM: 1. Marianne Tassinari (ESS) 2:17.72, 2. Natalie Link (P), 3. Shefale Rane (P).
50 freestyle: 1. Isabel Sheridan (P) 26.88, 2. Sydney Platt (P), 3. Abigail Kirsopp (P).
1-meter diving: 1. Lexi Lehman (P) 257.50, 2. Kate Gottwald (P), 3. Cora Hochstetler (P).
100 butterfly: 1. Devon Corvaia (P) 1:01.27, 2. Abigail Kirsopp (P), 3. Lauren Walls (P).
100 freestyle: 1. Lauren Ceh (P) 57.12, 2. Sydney Platt (P), 3. Jillian Walls (P).
500 freestyle: 1. Simone Lin (P) 5:25.80, 2. Caroline Fahrney (P), 3. Kira Colarusso (P).
200 freestyle relay: 1. East Stroudsburg (Heidy Munoz, Nicole Gliniak, Rylee Graham, Marianne Tassinari) 2:09.81, 2. Parkland (Caroline Fahrney, Simone Lin, Laurel Krause, Madison Tewksbury), 3. Parkland (Claire Weaver, Kaylan Johnson, Annie Walls, Olivia Leuthe).
100 backstroke: 1. Kate Briegel (ESS) 1:14.01, 2. Rylee Graham (ESS), 3. Ryanna Wilson (ESS).
100 breaststroke: 1. Marianne Tassinari (ESS) 1:13.49, 2. Katrina McDevitt (ESS), 3. Simone Lin (P).
400 freestyle relay: 1. East Stroudsburg South (Marianne Tassinari, Reilly Glynn, Rylee Graham, Kate Briegel) 4:38.74, 2. Parkland (Lauren Ceh, Devon Corvaia, Leyna Fleischaker, Wynee Houser), 3. Parkland (Janiyiah Colangelo, Kayla Johnson, Sophie Sheridan, Olivia Leuthe).