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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus head swim coach Tim O’Connor likes the way Kera Reinhard (above) has improved throughout this season. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus head swim coach Tim O’Connor likes the way Kera Reinhard (above) has improved throughout this season.

Girls defeat Stroudsburg, 99-87

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

The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team took its first loss of the season Saturday against perennial power Wilson West Lawn, falling 99-87. On Monday, the Hornets bounced back quickly with a 96-68 win over Stroudsburg.

Kera Reinhard had a big day against Stroudsburg with wins in the 200 individual medley and the 500-yard freestyle events. Abby Heilenman finished second in the IM.

“Kera has really been working hard on her times and it’s showing,” said coach Tim O’Connor. “She is really taking what we give her and putting it to practice and it’s really great to see her have that success.

“You always like when things pay off for a kid, that’s what you strive for and you have to credit her because as a coach, you can tell someone something over and over, but if they don’t put it into practice, it’s not going to do any good.”

Emmaus (5-1 overall, 5-0 EPC) got off to a fast start with a win in the opening event, the 200 medley relay. Chelsea Gravereaux, Chloe Vlaeminck, Reilly King and Caroline Nelson picked up the win to give Emmaus an early lead. Hornets swimmers finished first and second in the next two events with Lauren Sharp winning the 200-freestyle ahead of teammate Lexi Shuryn and Reinhard and Heilenman finishing one-two in the IM.

The top three spots in the 100 backstroke went to Emmaus swimmers, with Gravereaux taking the top spot, Reilly King finishing second and Jordyn Yerger finishing third.

“I thought the girls competed very well against both Stroudsburg and Wilson,” said O’Connor. “The effort was there in both meets and you have to hand it to Wilson because they are always so good. They really set the bar high for our swimmers to get better, and that’s never a bad thing. We can learn what we need to work on from meets like that.”

Vlaeminck was a part of the winning relay team in the medley relay and then took first place in the 100 butterfly in front of teammate Bella Buchman. Laryssa White won the 50 freestyle, with Katie Champagne winning the 100 freestyle. Maggie Champagne swam the 100 breaststroke as an exhibition and put up a time of 1:15.67, which would have had her finishing second in the event.

There was no diving event against Stroudsburg (2-4, 1-4), but against Wilson West Lawn, Morgan Belisle finished second with a six-dive score of 176.7 for the Hornets.

The Hornets are now 5-1 on the season and are home against Freedom (2-4, 2-4) tomorrow afternoon. After a week off, they host Central Catholic (5-5, 3-3) on January 31.