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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZGio Germano was on a winning relay team and several top-three finishing teams at Saturday’s Wilson Relays. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZGio Germano was on a winning relay team and several top-three finishing teams at Saturday’s Wilson Relays.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ The Hornets' Morgan Gould swims the 200-yard freetyle during a recent meet. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ The Hornets' Morgan Gould swims the 200-yard freetyle during a recent meet.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’s Claire Engel dives in to start a 50-yard freestyle event during a meet against Allen. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’s Claire Engel dives in to start a 50-yard freestyle event during a meet against Allen.

Swim teams compete in Wilson Relays

Thursday, January 16, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus swimming teams competed in the highly competitive Wilson Relays on Saturday and came out of the event with good results.

As a team, the boys finished in third place with a score of 272 points with La Salle College High School winning the meet with a score of 315. The girls placed fifth with Wilson West Lawn winning the meet with a score of 311 compared to Emmaus’ 231. Boys teams had nine top-five finishes while the girls team had five. Emmaus also had three second-place finishes in mixed events.

The highlight of the day for Emmaus came in the 200-yard backstroke relay when a team of Nick Soares, Michael Iacobelli, Gio Germano and Connor Shriver took the top spot with a time of 1:35.02, nearly four full seconds ahead of a team from La Salle College High School.

“That was definitely the highlight,” said coach Tim O’Connor. “This meet is so competitive and there are so many good swimmers that when you win an event like that, it’s something special. All four of those guys were impressive.”

Germano, Iacobelli and Soares also teamed with Devin Metzger for a second-place finish in the 200-yard butterfly event. Germano and Shriver were also on the 200-yard medley team that placed third, with Cooper Kocon and Luke Rautzhan also on that team.

Rautzhan, Metzger, Shriver and Soares placed third in the 800-yard freestyle.

In events comprised of teams featuring freshmen and sophomores, the boys finished third in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 200-yard medley. Sophomores A.J. Lamack and Alex Magditch were on both teams along with freshman Ethan Ferris. Freshman Ryan DeJohn was on the 200-medley team and sophomore Seth Metzger was on the 200 freestyle team.

The top finish on the girls side came in the 200-yard backstroke with a team comprised of Bella Buchman, Lauren Sharp, Kera Reinhard and Peyton Rautzhan. Reinhard was also on teams that finished fifth in the 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly. Buchman was also part of the 200 butterfly team along with Chloe Vlaeminck and Mya Puentes. Kera and Hailey Reinhard teamed with Vlaeminck and Lexi Shuryn for a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM, while Sharp, Vlaeminck, Rautzhan and Shuryn made up the fifth-place 200-yard breaststroke team.

In underclassmen events on the girls side, Emmaus finished fourth in the 200-yard medley with a team of Sharp, Puentes, Vlaeminck and Avery King. Their 200 freestyle team finished fifth with Abby Hark teaming with King, Natalie Mack and Kera Reinhard.

In mixed events, Emmaus picked up three second-place finishes. The 400-yard freestyle team had both Luke and Peyton Rautzhan, teamed with Metzger and Puentes. Soares and Germano teamed with Peyton Rautzhan and Sharp on the 400-medley team and Mack and Morgan Gould were paired with Paul Petre and Ethan Ferris to finish second in the 8-by-25 relay.

“Overall, I’m very pleased with our performance at Wilson,” said O’Connor. “We had contributions from younger swimmers and more experienced swimmers and the effort was really good. It was an opportunity for our swimmers to see where they’re at and to see some of the stronger competition that they’ll face down the road.”