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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Boys beat Mountaineers, 91-61

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

After losing their first meet of the season to Wilson West Lawn 109-77 on Saturday, the Emmaus boys swimming and diving team (5-1 overall, 5-0 EPC) bounced back, swimming and diving against Stroudsburg Monday afternoon in its home pool. The Hornets downed the Mounties 91-61.

Emmaus took the top spot in the 200 medley relay against Stroudsburg with Gio Germano, Jack Sharp, Patrick Kuzdzal and A.J. Lamack winning the event with a two-second edge over a team from Stroudsburg (2-4, 1-4). Germano returned to win the 200 individual medley and Sharp finished second in the 100 butterfly later in the meet.

After the relay win got the meet off to a good start for Emmaus, Devin Metzger and Evan Bova finished first and second in the 200 freestyle and Cooper Kocon finished second behind Germano in the IM to give the Hornets a quick lead.

Emmaus took the top three spots in the 100 butterfly with Michael Iacobelli picking up a six-second win over Sharp and Cooper Kocon finishing third in the event.

Metzger and Sharp swam the 100 breaststroke as an exhibition swim, with Metzger posting a time of 1:04.10 and Sharp finishing in 1:07.6, which would have placed them one-two in the event.

“I liked the way that we bounced back today,” said coach Tim O’Connor. “I think our boys saw against Wilson that they still have some work to do and they can improve on what they’ve done so far this season. To see them come back with a real intensity was great and we’ll use that for other meets this season, because they’re not all going to be easy meets and we know that.”

In the 100 freestyle, Luke Rautzhan took first with Paul Petre finishing a close second in the event. Nick Soares won the 500 freestyle for Emmaus.

There was no diving competition against Stroudsburg, but against Wilson West Lawn, Brendan McCourt won the event with a school record score of 337.70, besting his old school record of 325.50. Emmaus’ Kyle Ryan finished second with a score of 202.05 against Wilson.

McCourt also recently reset his school record for an 11-dive meet when he tallied a score of 551.70 in the recent EPC Diving Meet at Nazareth High School. His previous best was 536.05 for an 11-dive performance.

Emmaus hosts Freedom (4-2, 4-2) Thursday afternoon and then hosts Central Catholic (3-7, 2-4) a week from Thursday at the high school.