The Emmaus girls swimming and diving team beat Central Catholic and then won a quad-meet against Pocono Mountain East, Pocono Mountain West and East Stroudsburg South this past Saturday. The wins have the Hornets at 10-1 overall and 10-0 in the EPC this season.
Rival Parkland, who Emmaus swims against next Thursday, is at 8-1 overall and 8-0 in the EPC, while Easton (8-1, 7-1) and Liberty (9-2, 7-2) are following Emmaus and Parkland.
The Emmaus boys swimming and diving team took wins over Central Catholic, Pocono Mountain East and West and East Stroudsburg South last week to move its record to 10-1 on the season and 10-0 in the EPC.
Emmaus stands atop the conference standings with Northampton (9-2, 8-1) second, followed by Parkland (8-0-1, 7-0-1) and Nazareth (8-1-1, 7-1-1).
Throughout a difficult season, Emmaus girls basketball head coach Kelsey Gallagher has looked for positives to point out to her players.
Sometimes, it comes down to just a play here and there and other times it comes down to how they battled against a tough team. After a recent 44-15 loss to Parkland, it was Parkland coach Ed Ohlson who had some good things to say about Emmaus.
“They’ve got some nice young players,” said Ohlson. “It’s going to be interesting to see how they develop over the next couple of seasons. I really liked that number 40. She’s tough.”
The struggles have continued for a young Emmaus girls basketball team as they dropped their 10th straight game, falling to Northampton 63-43 on Friday night. The team is now 2-16 overall and 0-12 in the EPC.
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.
After losing their first meet of the season to Wilson West Lawn 109-77 on Saturday, the Emmaus boys swimming and diving team (5-1 overall, 5-0 EPC) bounced back, swimming and diving against Stroudsburg Monday afternoon in its home pool. The Hornets downed the Mounties 91-61.
The Emmaus girls picked up their fourth straight win of the season with a 102-61 win over Allen in their home pool last week.
The score doesn’t indicate how well the team performed because after building an insurmountable lead, coach Tim O’Connor had his swimmers compete in their events as exhibitions so their finishes weren’t calculated into the score. It’s a show of sportsmanship that O’Connor will often use against teams and to challenge some swimmers to perform at high levels and put up strong times in a non-competitive setting.
The Emmaus boys swimming and diving team upped its record to 4-0 on the season with a convincing 103-52 win over Allen. Emmaus swam many of the later events in the contest as exhibition events in a show of sportsmanship after building up a big lead over the Canaries.
Early on, Emmaus swept the top three spots in the 200-yard medley relay with the team of Michael Iacobelli, Jake Young, Evan Bova and Matthew Gertner taking the top spot. In individual events, Gio Germano won the 200 freestyle with teammates Alex Magditch and Kyle Kurrwachter finishing second and third.
There’s nothing like a couple of wins to get a team back on track and build some confidence. The Lady Hornets picked up back-to-back wins against Scranton and Dieruff to close out the 2018 portion of their schedule and it provided them with a needed lift.
“Winning always makes things easier and you could sense a little confidence boost after those games,” said Emmaus head coach Kelsey Gallagher. “Of course, we would have liked to get those wins earlier in the season but they came at a pretty good time to give us some confidence and get us heading in the right direction.”
The first month of the winter sports season can be a hectic one. With scheduled time off for Christmas and the New Year, time for training and working on specific things can be rare as games come fast and furious.
That’s been the case for Emmaus swimming, which opened the season with the Cedar Crest Classic and then had meets with Whitehall, Liberty and Nazareth on the schedule.
The latest triumph saw the Emmaus girls down Nazareth 132-52, while the boys beat the Blue Eagles 114-71. Both teams have opened the season with a 3-0 start.