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Boys swim team remains undefeated

Friday, January 11, 2019 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton boys and girls varsity swim team swam to another victory on Thursday night, Jan. 3, with dual victories over East Stroudsburg South.

This road contest was highlighted with accomplishments on both squads as the girls swept the meet with first place wins in every event while the boys squad claimed another ‘W,’ keeping their season undefeated so far.

Overall the results of this meet show first place Northampton wins in 14 out 16 individual events, including several district championship qualifying times. The girls claimed a decisive win, 66-25, as did the boys, 53-40.

Team captain Jack Kennedy sees these victories as the result of hard work and a close team.

“I feel like we have a really good chemistry on the team this year,” said Kennedy. “Collectively everyone works hard in the pool and it shows during meets.”

For the girls, co-captain Brynne Rockovits helped rocket the team to victory with two first place finishes in the 200 individual medley event (2:21.58) and the 100 breaststroke (1:32.92).

Also claiming double wins in this event were Northampton sophomore Sarah Hosking and freshman Olivia Szerencsits. Hosking claimed first place in the 50 freestyle (26.82) and the 500 freestyle (5:40.23) while Szerencsits was first to the wall in the 200 freestyle (2:04.74) and the 100 butterfly (1:09.56). Also contributing to the high scoring victory for the women were individual wins by junior Morgan Thomas in the 100 freestyle and co-captain Trinity Schoeneberger in the 100 backstroke. The team also claimed first place finishes in each of the three relay events.

For the boys, the story of dual victories and individual wins is much the same and that has been the fuel behind the men’s success this year according to Kennedy.

“Everyone plays a part when it comes to meet days,” Kennedy says in response to the boys undefeated season so far. “We’re consistently building points in individual events as well as relays and everyone is a part of the victories we’ve won.”

Kennedy secured two individual wins on Thursday evening in the 100 backstroke (58.98) and the 100 freestyle (53.25) while sophomore Tommy Nichols won two decisive victories in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.50) and the 200 individual medley (2:09.52). Also contributing to the win were victories in the 200 freestyle by junior DJ Fragano (2:03.99), a win the 100 butterfly by sophomore Connor Oswald (1:06.02) and first place finishes in two out of three relay events.

At press time, Northampton was preparing to travel to Dieruff High School for their next away meet on Thursday at 4 p.m. Northampton’s diving squad is also preparing for the East Penn Conference Diving Meet held at Nazareth High School at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12.