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Press photos by Rob MerchantNorthampton’s John Kennedy and the rest of the boys knocked off Whitehall recently. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA Press photos by Rob MerchantNorthampton’s John Kennedy and the rest of the boys knocked off Whitehall recently. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA
Sarah Hosking picked up a win but the NHS girls lost to Whitehall. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA Sarah Hosking picked up a win but the NHS girls lost to Whitehall. Copyright - Digital_Media_Magic_LLC_Nazareth_PA

Boys pick up a victory

Thursday, January 31, 2019 by Wendy Kennedy Special to the Press in Sports

The Northampton boys swim team claimed another win last Thursday night, this time over local rival Whitehall High School with a 101-64 victory. The girls fell just short of a win by a score of 90-80.

This meet was somewhat of a ‘split-decision’ with both Northampton and Whitehall gaining one point in the Cement Belt Challenge. The Cement Belt Challenge is a yearlong contest between the neighboring communities of Northampton and Whitehall. The challenge spans multiple high school sports and awards one point for each win in any contest where the two teams face each other.

Throughout the meet, the boys team held a decisive lead, scoring points for several strong finishes including a first-place finish by Tommy Nichols in the 200 individual medley and the one-two punch of Connor Oswald and Nichols in first and second place respectively in the 100 breaststroke. DJ Fragano also claimed first place in the 100 butterfly and Jack Kennedy was first to the wall in both the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke events.

For the girls, every point counted and on some occasions the awarding of points came down to a fraction of a second. This was the case as Olivia Green grabbed valuable second place points in the 50 freestyle event by just 4-tenths of a second. Olivia Szerencsits gained the team first place points in the 200 freestyle and 100 butterfly events.

Brynne Rockovits claimed first in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke and Sarah Hosking took first place in the 200 individual medley and the 100 breaststroke events.

The relay events also added to the points totals and in these events the focus was not just on securing first place but ensuring the ‘B’ relay teams secured valuable second, third or fourth place points. The boys took first and third place in both the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay as well as first place in the 400 freestyle relay. The girls squad secured first and fourth place points in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

With the neighboring districts so close in location and many of the swimmers from both teams swimming in the same club teams during the offseason, the meet was what Northampton boys captain Jack Kennedy described as “just good friendly competition.”

“We know a lot of the swimmers from the Whitehall team so it’s just fun to swim against them,” continued Kennedy.

The two competing squads ended the meet with a Whitehall and Northampton team picture, again underscoring the respect and friendship between the two teams.

Northampton is looking forward to some tough competitions in the coming weeks with meets against Liberty, Nazareth and Easton. This week, Northampton will welcome Liberty for a 4 p.m. home meet on Thursday, Jan. 31.