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PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZBrendan McCourt went to Bucknell University this week to defend his state title. PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZBrendan McCourt went to Bucknell University this week to defend his state title.

EHS teams head to BU

Thursday, March 12, 2020 by CHUCK HIXSON Special to the Press in Sports

The Emmaus swimming and diving teams will be competing in the PIAA Championships on Wednesday and Thursday with hopes of returning from Bucknell University with some shiny new medals around their necks.

The Hornet boys team is coming off their 13th straight District 11 championship, while the girls were runners-up at districts.

After boys and girls preliminary events Wednesday morning, the medals begin to flow.

First up is the diving competition where Brendan McCourt looks to defend his gold medal from last year and end his high school career with two straight wins at Bucknell. McCourt comes into the meet as the top seed among boys divers, with Abington’s Conor Gesing being his biggest competition in the event.

McCourt has a top score of 562.70 coming into the event, while Gesing is second at 553.45. McCourt is the only Emmaus diver who qualified for states.

Wednesday afternoon, the swimmers start to race for state medals. Emmaus will have juniors Luke Rautzhan and Nick Soares competing in the 200-yard freestyle event. Rautzhan picked up a gold medal in the event at districts, while Soares was recognized as the top boys swimmer in the EPC this season and also won the Dennis A. McGinley Award as the top boys swimmer at the district meet.

Rautzhan also won gold in the 100-yard freestyle at districts and will compete in that event at states for Emmaus.

In the 50-yard freestyle, Devin Metzger is the lone Emmaus boy to be competing after he took gold in the event at districts. Michael Iacobelli will be the lone competitor from Emmaus in the 200-yard individual medley, where he captured gold at districts.

Gio Germano, another gold medalist at districts, will compete in the 100-yard butterfly event as the lone Emmaus swimmer. In the 100-yard backstroke, Germano will have competition from teammates Soares and Connor Shriver.

Emmaus will have boys relay teams competing in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle relays.

For the girls, Lauren Sharp, who was the co-winner of the McGinley Award as the top female swimmer at districts, will be competing in both the 200-yard IM and the 100-yard breaststroke where she won gold medals in district competition.

Chloe Vlaeminck, who finished second to Sharp in the 200-yard IM at districts received a bid-in for the event at states.

Emmaus swimmers also took gold and silver in the 50-yard freestyle in districts and both will compete in the event at states. Peyton Rautzhan, a junior, received an automatic spot based on winning gold and sophomore Mya Puentes was fast enough to receive a bid-in for states to compete in the 50 freestyle.

The Emmaus girls will also have teams competing in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.

If you’re unable to make it to Bucknell University for the championships, they will be broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) both on cable and online at pcntv.com.

The network will broadcast swimming and diving championships throughout the two days of competition.

The diving championships will be broadcast only on the Select Streaming service, which can be found on pcntv.com, while the swimming will also be broadcast on cable. Boys diving begins at 1:30 Wednesday afternoon, while the girls diving will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Swimming sessions will be at 4:00 and 6:35 p.m. on Wednesday and at 5:55 and 8:25 p.m. on Thursday.