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Swim teams start season with wins

Sunday, December 22, 2019 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams are both off to strong starts to the season. Both have perfect 2-0 records with wins over Whitehall and Liberty and they also won the Cedar Crest Invitational this past weekend at Parkland High School. In beating Liberty, several Emmaus swimmers also set personal bests and pool records, as did some swimmers and a diver in the Invitational meet.

Emmaus traveled to Liberty last week and rewrote the record book for pool records at Liberty High School.

Gio Germano set a new pool record with a time of 51.62 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly, while Michael Iacobelli swam the 200 IM in a pool record time of 1:58.77. The team of Germano, Iacobelli, Connor Shriver and Devin Metzger also put themselves into the Liberty High School pool record book with a time of 1:38.55 in the 200-yard medley relay.

On the girls side, Bella Buchman, Lauren Sharp, Mya Puentes and Peyton Rautzhan combined to win the 200-yard medley relay with a pool record time of 1:51.07.

“Liberty is a very well-coached team and the kids are competitors so the fact that we did as well as we did was great,” said coach Tim O’Connor.

The Emmaus boys downed Liberty 123-53, while the girls picked up a 118-68 win over the Hurricanes.

The performance against Liberty gave the team plenty of confidence going into the Cedar Crest Invitational this past weekend. Junior Luke Rautzhan came into the meet never having finished below the 28-second mark in his leg of the 400 free relay, but he set a new personal best time of 26.04 seconds in the heat event and then bested that with a time of 25.80 seconds in the finals. He also set a new personal best in the 400-yard free relay event when he swam his 100-yard leg in a time of 48.05 seconds. His third personal best time of the event was in the 50 freestyle where he finished in 21.87 seconds. Rautzhan also set a meet record with a time of 4:50.16 in the 500 freestyle.

“This weekend, we had many kids swimming different events and yet, it still proved to be a successful meet for our kids,” said O’Connor of the annual invitational meet. “We had many kids who usually do not make it back to finals, successfully do so, which is a great experience for all.”

In diving, defending state champion Brendan McCourt has started the season off in strong fashion. McCourt set the pool and team record for a six-dive dual meet with a score of 345.75. He followed that up with a score of 541.85 in the 11-dive meet at the Cedar Crest Invitational to top the pool record at Emmaus High School.

The swimming portion of the Cedar Crest Invitational is held at Parkland High School, while the diving portion is held at Emmaus.

“We are in a tough spot of the season with a meet every other day,” said out O’Connor. “Essentially we have seven meets in 10 days and our bodies are beat up, sniffles and coughs are all around, but the kids are grinding and being positive.”

The final portion of that stretch comes up with Emmaus having meets against Nazareth, Pocono Mountain West and then both East Stroudsburg South and Stroudsburg for a meet on Saturday at the high school.


Emmaus 103, Whitehall 61

200 medley relay: 1. Emmaus (Nick Soares, Paul Petre, Alex Magditch, Luke Rautzhan) 1:43.42, 2. Emmaus (Devin Metzger, Gio Germano, Ethan Ferris, Jai K Puri) 1:45.07, 3. Emmaus (AJ Lamack, Andrew Taylor, Michael Iacobelli, Jack Engel) 1:46.77.

200 freestyle: 1. Jack Reppert (E) 1:55.37, 2. James Manley (E), 3. Sabastion Solarte-Vigil (W).

200 individual medley: 1. Owen Mont (E) 2:10.03, 2. Ryan DeJohn (E), 3. Jack Niggel (E).

50 freestyle: 1. Ethan Ferris (E) 23.08, 2. Cooper Kocon (E), 3. AJ Lamack (E).

100 butterfly: 1. Davin Glynn (E) 58.29, 2. Jack Reppert (E), 3. Dylan Strella (E).

100 freestyle: 1. Sabastion Solarte-Vigil (W) 52.45, 2. Andrew Taylor (E), 3. Bobby Perose (E).

500 freestyle: 1. Nick Soares (E) 4:56.94, 2. Seth Metzger (E), 3. Jack Engel (E).

200 freestyle relay: 1. Emmaus (James Manley, Cooper Kocon, David Glynn, Dylan Strella) 1:35.37, 2. Emmaus (Owen Mont, Devin Metzger, Bobby Perose, Jai Puri) 1:35.65, 3. Emmaus (Ryan DeJohn, Alex Magditch, Seth Metzger, Jack Engel) 1:37.61.

100 backstroke: 1. Kenny Dai (W) 1:19.11, 2. Peter Busch (W), 3. Abraham Tabarini (W).

100 breaststroke: 1. Connor Barnes (W) 1:18.37, 2. Jakob Schlosser (W), 3. Gio Germano (E).

400 freestyle relay: 1. Whitehall (Wayne Streat, Connor Barnes, Sabastion Solarte-Vigil, Ahmed Hamada) 4:11.02, 2. Whitehall, 3. Whitehall.

1-meter diving: 1. Brendan McCourt (E) 287.85.


Emmaus 102, Whitehall 68

200 medley relay: 1. Emmaus (Lauren Sharp, Lexi Shuryn, Laryssa White, Hailey Reinhard) 2:00.89, 2. Emmaus (Sophia Iacobelli, Peyton Rautzhan, Mya Puentes, Claire Engel) 2:01.32, 3. Emmaus (Chloe Vlamenick, Kera Reinhard, Avery King, Abby Hark) 2:01.78.

200 freestyle: 1. Bella Buchman (E) 2:09.41, 2. Morgan Gould (E), 3. Lindsay Solderitch (W).

200 individual medley: 1. Lexi Shuryn (E) 2:22.52, 2. Natalie Mack (E), 3. Laryssa White (E).

50 freestyle: 1. Peyton Rautzhan (E) 24.87, 2. Chloe Vlaeminck (E), 3. Avery King (E).

100 butterfly: 1. Kera Reinhard (E) 1:02.68, 2. Lauren Sharp (E), 3. Sophia Iacobelli (E).

100 freestyle: 1. Mya Puentes (E) 55.67, 2. Morgan Gould (E), 3. Claire Engel (E).

500 freestyle: 1. Hailey Reinhard (E) 5:46.91, 2. Natalie Mack (E), 3. Sarah Mazzetti (E).

200 freestyle relay: 1. Whitehall (Lexi Prentice, Lexi Bartosh, Alexis Quach, Lindsay Solderitch) 2:00.55, 2. Whitehall, 3. Whitehall

100 backstroke: 1. Madelyn Kutney (W) 1:07.47, 2. Sabrine Kidulic (W), 3. Ella Holmes (W).

100 breaststroke: 1. Rachel Dolan (W) 1:26.70, 2. Megan Wallitsch (W), 3. Avery King (E).

400 freestyle relay: 1. Whitehall (Lexi Bartosh, Emily Thomas, Lindsay Solderitch, Madelyn Kutney) 4:16.40, 2. Whitehall, 3. Whitehall.

1-meter diving: 1. Morgan Belisle (E) 150.80, 2. Molly O’Connor (E), 3. Carly Lenett (E).