EHS boys win district title
Ironically, Emmaus boys swimmers took home just one gold medal at the District 11 Swimming Championships over the weekend, but the Hornets put together enough strong performances to take the team championship easily, besting second-place Parkland 489-313.5 in the team standings. The championship is the 11th straight for Emmaus in District 11 swimming and diving.
Michael Iacobelli grabbed the lone gold medal with a time of 1:55.23 in the 200-yard individual medley beating Nazareth’s Gabe Lasio, who finished with a time of 1:57.60 in the event. Iacobelli came back to take a fourth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.
Ricky Thomas was the lone individual silver medalist for the Hornets when he finished second in the 100 butterfly and later grabbed a third in the 100 freestyle.
In relays, three of the boys teams captured silver medals. Thomas teamed with Patrick McAllister, Evan Bova and Colby Kocon to take silver in the 200 medley relay. McAllister and Kocon were paired with Mike Brennan and Devin Metzger in the 200 freestyle and McAllister, Thomas, Metzger and Nick Soares comprised the 400 freestyle team that also took silver.
Soares came into the meet seeded fifth in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 200 backstroke and moved up to third in both events with strong performances.
“It feels great,” said Soares of outdoing his qualifying times to move up. “I was very excited and felt like I was going to drop a lot of times. I’ve progressed pretty steadily, but I’ve been dropping a lot of times at this meet, so I’m happy with that.”
Sophomore Jack Sharp also turned on an impressive performance in the 500 freestyle, taking nearly 11 seconds off of his qualifying time to finish third with a time of 4:49.69. His qualifying time had him seeded seventh in the 500, but he finished third, just under four seconds behind gold medalist Phillip Rishel of Dieruff. It’s believed that the last Dieruff swimmer to capture gold in districts was former Emmaus coach Mike Seip, who swam for the Huskies from 1971-1975.
Thomas took third in the 100 freestyle with two teammates right behind him. Kocon finished fourth and Metzger finished just 24-hundredths of a second behind him for the final spot on the medal stand. Evan Bova took home a bronze medal in the 100 breaststroke and McAllister took home a medal with a fourth-place finish in the 100 backstroke.
Gold medalists are guaranteed a spot in the PIAA Swimming Championships, which will be held at Bucknell University next week. Other medalists will have to wait to see if they are selected based on times from across championship meets in other districts across the state. Diver Brendan McCourt qualified for the state a week earlier at the district diving championship when he captured gold, shattering his own school record in the process.