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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ The Hornets' Mya Puentes took first place in the 50-yard freestyle Friday against Wilson. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ The Hornets' Mya Puentes took first place in the 50-yard freestyle Friday against Wilson.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Michael Iacobelli had a pair of win in individual events against Wilson-West Lawn. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Michael Iacobelli had a pair of win in individual events against Wilson-West Lawn.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’s Nick Soares led a trio of Hornets who finished in the top three places in backstroke Friday against Wilson. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZEmmaus’s Nick Soares led a trio of Hornets who finished in the top three places in backstroke Friday against Wilson.

EHS boys beat Wilson

Thursday, January 23, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus boys and girls swimming and diving teams took on highly touted Wilson-West Lawn last weekend at Emmaus High School. The teams came away with split results, with the Hornet boys downing Wilson 105-81 while the girls suffered their first loss of the season, falling 126-60 to the Bulldogs. The win has the EHS boys team a perfect 9-0 on the season, while the girls are now 8-1.

Emmaus had six first-place finishes in individual events, with Nick Soares, Gio Germano and Connor Shriver taking the top three spots in the backstroke to help cement the win. Germano had captured first place in the butterfly earlier in the meet. Michael Iacobelli finished the day with two first-place finishes, winning both the individual medley and the breaststroke, while Devin Metzger took the 50-yard freestyle event and Luke Rautzhan won the 500 freestyle.

“Our boys did a fantastic job,” said Emmaus head coach Tim O’Connor. “This is a very good team that we swam against and it helps to show us where we are right now and I’m happy with the performance that they put forward.”

In relays, Emmaus put together a team of Soares, Iacobelli, Germano and Metzger for a first-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay, with Shriver teaming with A.J. Lamack, Cooper Kocon and Alex Magditch finishing in second place.

Brendan McCourt took the top spot in diving with a score of 334.40, besting second-place finisher Joseph Flowers, who dove to a score of 206.35. In girls diving, Morgan Belisle finished second with Carly Lennett taking third place behind Wilson’s Saphia Elkhyati.

The only first-place finish on the girls side for Emmaus came in the 50-yard freestyle event where Mya Puentes grabbed first with a time of 24.66, just edging out Wilson’s Rylee Wenzel, who finished the event with a time of 24.69.

Emmaus’s Peyton Rautzhan was a close third with a time of 24.92 in the most hotly contested event of the meet. Puentes took a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly event and teamed with Bella Buchman, Lauren Sharp and Rautzhan for a second-place finish in the 200-yard medley relay.

Puentes and Sharp were paired with Avery King and Chloe Vlaeminck in the 400-yard freestyle relay and placed third.

“Our girls team is a little younger and we have some holes, but they competed very well and weren’t intimidated going against a good team,” said O’Connor. “They continue to make progress every time out and I’m happy with how they’re working to get better.”

Both teams will swim at Freedom on Thursday. The Patriots’ boys team is 0-7 this season, while their girls are 3-4 on the year overall.