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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Kids beat Pocono East in swimming

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by wendy kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton varsity swim team claimed a victory on Tuesday night with a double win over Pocono Mountain East by scores of 98-72 for the boys team and 98-68 for the girls.

This away meet comes on the heels of a tough loss to Nazareth last week and in the midst of a tough back half of the season for the Northampton swimmers.

Despite some tough competition on the horizon and the challenges of winter weather playing havoc with practice schedules, the teams continue to keep a positive outlook and focus on getting better.

Team co-captain Becky Nothstein described how the team has dealt with recent challenges.

“I think we’ve done well considering some inconsistent practices over the past week” explained Nothstein. “We’ve just been working our starts and turns and just working hard.”

That hard work paid off on Tuesday night with some close finishes, particularly for the boys team. Northampton’s Jarin Gaumer claimed first place with a two-tenths of a second victory over Pocono’s Matthew Borkowski in the 100 freestyle event and Northampton’s Jack Kennedy edged out Pocono’s Benjamin Gonzalez in the 100 butterfly event, taking first place by one-tenth of a second.

Kennedy also took first in the 200 individual medley event. Northampton saw some double wins on the girls’ team as Brynne Rockovits took first place in the 200 individual medley as well as the 100 butterfly and Sarah Hosking also claimed a double victory with first place finishes in the 50 freestyle event and the 500 freestyle event.

Other meet highlights for Northampton included Nicole Somers’ 1:23.94 victory in the girls 100 breaststroke and Bryce Fisher’s first place finish in the boys 500 freestyle with a time of 5:34.81. Northampton’s Greg Milnes took first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.99) and Jake Kerchner win was first to the wall in the 100 backstroke (1:06.54).

The Northampton squad placed first in the boys and girls 200 and 400 freestyle relays as well as the boys 200 medley relay.

Strength in the relay events gives evidence of the continuity the team continues to build this season.

“As a team, we’ve really come together well,” said Nothstein. “I think our relay teams are really strong and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do at districts.”

Northampton will welcome Parkland High School for their next home meet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 4 p.m.