NHS swimmers start season with a splash
The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim teams started their 2017-2018 season Tuesday with a double victory as both teams bested Dieruff High School by scores of 106-69 and 131-49 respectively.
Northampton’s has continued to grow in numbers over the past few years giving the team a solid mix of experience and new talent.
Head Coach Cullen Mentzell is taking full advantage of that mix this season as he leverages the team’s increased number to place swimmers, especially his newer swimmers, in new events.
“The young swimmers swam stuff they were not used to swimming and I appreciate that they’re willing to try something new and help out the team,” explained Mentzel as he talked about last night’s meet.
As he summarized the team’s first match up of the season, he had nothing but positive things to say.
“I thought it went really well for the first meet,” he said. “Overall I’m very happy with how the team performed.”
Overall, Northampton came away with nine district championship qualifying times from seven swimmers. Becky Nothstein, one of the team’s returning seniors and co-captain for the girls’ team, placed first in the 100 butterfly with a district qualifying time of 1:04.30. Junior, and co-captain, Brynne Rockovits claimed first place and two district times in the 200 freestyle (2:06.12) and the 100 backstroke (1:04.77). A newcomer to the team this season, freshman Sarah Hosking took first and secured two district qualifications in the 200 IM with a time of 2:16.64 and the 500 freestyle event with a time of 5:38.08.
On the boys’ side, returning senior and co-captain Jarin Gaumer placed first and qualified for district championships in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.42. Senior Greg Milnes, a new face on the squad, claimed a district qualifying win last night in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:01.00. Junior and co-captain Jack Kennedy claimed a first-place win and district time in the 500 freestyle (5:21.28) and sophomore DJ Fragano secured a district qualification and a first-place win in the 100 butterfly (58.50).
Northampton also claimed first place in five of the six relay events in the meet. The meet began with a decisive win for the girls as Northampton’s Brynn Delvecchio and Morgan Thomas joined Rockovits and Hosking in the 200 medley relay (2:00.34). Northampton’s team of Kennedy, Milnes, Fragano and Gaumer started the competition for the boy’s team by winning a battle for first in the 200 medley relay (1:51.42). Northampton also put an extra spring in the competition last evening as divers Ben Christy, Jadyn Fehnel and Gillian Rogerson added 16 points to the overall score.
Looking forward to Thursday’s meet against Allen, Mentzell plans to continue to try new events for his swimmers.
“We’ll continue to mix it up and see what works for the team,” he said.
Northampton hosts Allen on Thursday evening Dec. 12 beginning at 4 p.m.