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Kids swimming knocks off Allen

Wednesday, December 20, 2017 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team logged their second victory of the season on Thursday night, Dec. 14, with a double win over William Allen High School. The Northampton swimmers ran the pool with final scores of 135-41 and 137-28 for the girls and boys teams respectively.

Senior and co-captain Jarin Gaumer is encouraged by how well the team has come together this year.

“We have more people this year and we have really come together as a team,” explained Gaumer, who took first in the 50 freestyle event with a time of 24:15.

As it is still early in the season, the team has been able to enjoy testing different combinations of swimmers in various events and relays.

“With more people we’re able to mix up the relays, so I’ve been swimming with a different mix of people pretty much each time and it’s been a nice change,” said Gaumer.

That mix seems to be working as Northampton’s relay teams took first place in all 6 of the relay events Thursday evening.

The Northampton boys team saw first place finishes from Jack Kennedy in the 100 butterfly and 200 freestyle events and DJ Fragano in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle events. Additionally, Greg Milnes, Jake Kerchner and Bryce Fisher contributed to Northampton win with first place finishes in the 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 100 freestyle events respectively.

For the girls, Sarah Hosking claimed victory in the 100 butterfly and 100 breaststroke events. Additional first place wins came from Brynne Rockovits in the 200 individual medley and 100 freestyle events, Larisa Calvo in the 200 freestyle event, Brynne Delvecchio in the 100 backstroke and Becky Nothstein in the 50 freestyle.

Northampton divers also had a good showing with Ben Christy taking first place over Allen by a score of 6 to 4. Northampton’s girls took first and third place in their diving competition with Jadyn Fehnel scoring 6 points in first place and Gillian Rogerson taking third with 3 points. Northampton has been building its diving team over the past several years and diving coach Todd Lerch sees continued progress in his divers.

“We’re off to a good start this year,” explained Lerch. “We’ve had a lot of improvement since last year and the kids are working really hard to continue to keep getting better.”

In the coming season, Northampton’s three returning divers will face some of the strongest diving squads in the conference and Lerch seems to welcome the competition and the challenge.

“We’re going to just keep going and keep working hard and continue to progress,” Lerch said.

In their last two competitions before the winter break, Northampton welcomed Saucon Valley for a home meet on Dec. 19 and will travel to East Stroudsburg for their first away contest on Thursday, Dec. 21.