Swimmers end year
The Northampton swim team ended its season with several personal bests as well as three individual medals and a relay medal at the District 11 championships. The two-day event was slated to be held Friday, March 2-3, at Parkland, but severe weather forced a delay in the start and a change of venue; moving to Emmaus March 3-4.
Despite a crazy start, and an overly crowded Emmaus Natatorium, Northampton came to the championship event unphased by the changes and ready to compete.
“I don’t think the weather had an impact on the team,” said head coach Cullen Mentzell. “And I think Emmaus did a great job of hosting the meet on such short notice.”
NHS started the meet with an awesome performance in the first event as Becky Northstein, Brynne Rockovits, Sarah Hosking and Morgan Thomas claimed fourth in the girls 200 medley relay. The team also broke the school record, set in 2006.
The victories kept coming as Hosking claimed fourth and third place medals in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke respectively, breaking school records in both events.
Rockovits claimed fourth in the 100 freestyle with a time of 53.75, and Nothstein placed fifth in the girls 100 butterfly with a personal best time of 1:00.03.
“Our expectation going into districts was just to help our swimmers get their best times,” said Mentzell, “and we had best times in over 80-percent of the swims this weekend.”
Among some of the personal bests were Jack Kennedy with over a nine-second drop in the 500 freestyle, Larisa Calvo with over five seconds dropped from her personal best in the 500 free, Morgan Thomas had a four-second improvement also in the 500 free, and DJ Fragano made almost a two-second improvement over his personal best in the 100 butterfly.
The relay teams also saw some sizable improvements as the boys 400 free team of DJ Fragano, Greg Milnes, Jack Kennedy and Jarin Gaumer saw a five-second drop vs. their qualifying time. For the girls, the 400 free team of Nicole Somers, Larisa Calvo, Madison McCloskey and Trinity Schoeneberger dropped two seconds off their qualifying time.
“Overall the team did well,” commented Mentzell. “Compared to last year, we had more swimmers qualify and more swimmers in districts. Overall it was a good year.”