EHS boys take first at CCI
For the first time this season, Emmaus swimmers got to compete against other schools rather than just against themselves. The annual Cedar Crest Invitational, a joint effort of Emmaus and Parkland high school swim teams, was held with eight girls teams and nine boys teams competing.
The Hornet boys team came out with a first-place finish, scoring 648 points compared to 318 for Southern Lehigh and 298 for Parkland. Other local boys teams included Nazareth (5th, 192 points), Freedom (7th, 110 points) and Central Catholic (9th, 52 points).
On the girls side, Emmaus finished third with 372 points behind first-place Governor Mifflin (615.5) and second-place Parkland (424.5). Nazareth, Southern Lehigh, Central Catholic and Freedom finished fifth through eighth place, respectively.
Emmaus boys took first in the 200-yard medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. Nick Soares, Evan Bova, Ricky Thomas and Devin Metzger made up the medley team, while Thomas and Metzger teamed with Colby Kocon and Jack Sharp on the 400 freestyle team.
In individual events, Mike Iacobelli conquered the 200-yard IM, while Emmaus had Mike Brennan finish first and Jack Sharp third in the 500-freestyle.
“Ricky Thomas and Mikey [Brennan] had good swims for the seniors, and we had some young kids step up and try to compete,” said Emmaus head coach Tim O’Connor. “Right now, I don’t know who the best kids are. We had three relays in that top heat and they’re all just racing right now and as long as they keep loving each other and pushing each other, it’s going to make for a better team down the line. They’re all helping each other.
“Our breaststrokers, Iacobelli and Bova and [Cooper] Kocon, all did a great job. Those guys are training buddies and they really push each other and they like each other, so I told them ‘you guys just keep doing that.’ It’s great to have that friendly competition on a team.”
For the girls, junior Chelsea Gravereaux won the 100 and 200 freestyle events and Reilly King took first in the 500 freestyle.
“Chelsea swam really well today and had some good swims,” said O’Connor. “She hasn’t been feeling too well the past few days, but she’s not making any complaints about it, she’s doing the best she can and I thought that was really good for her. We had a lot of young swimmers step up on the girls side too, so I’m really pleased with how they performed.”
The dual-meet season begins this week with Emmaus taking on Allen Tuesday, but then the Hornets have a break until Dec. 21 when they host Stroudsburg. The meet against Allen and the time off after it will give O’Connor some time to figure out exactly who he wants to put where, at least for the first part of the season. With all of the position battles taking place, it’s possible that O’Connor will be switching some things around throughout the season.
“I like the fact that I’m confused right now,” said O’Connor with a laugh. “It means that a lot of kids are swimming and competing and that challenges us as coaches, so I like that we don’t have a lot of clear cut things right now. Muddy waters can be good at this point of the season, because it pushes kids and they look to step out and they’re all competing, so that’s great. Eventually, it works itself out, but I like how our kids are competing.”