Northampton lost a swimming icon last week when Gwen Whildin, the former head coach of the Kids varsity swim team, founder of the Northampton Kids Aquatic Club and mentor to hundreds of Northampton swimmers, passed away in her home in Pompano Beach, Florida, on Monday, Jan. 21.
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.
The Northampton varsity swimming and diving team claimed another victory on Tuesday evening against East Stroudsburg North. With both the boys and girls teams winning by significant margins (116-59 for the boys and 143-36 for the girls), Northampton took the majority of first place finishes and all the points in the diving events.
The Northampton varsity swim team found themselves in unchartered territory on Tuesday, Jan. 15, as both the boys and girls teams fell to Southern Lehigh in Northampton’s first overall loss of the season.
While the losses broke the boys undefeated season and a winning streak for the girls, Northampton head coach Cullen Mentzell looked beyond the loss to some great individual swims by the Kids.
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.
The Northampton swim teams continued a strong start to the season with a double win at their first away meet against Freedom last Thursday night.
While the winning streak continued for the boys squad in another home contest on Tuesday evening against Central; for the girls, they faced their first loss to the Vikings by a close score of 94-89.
Going into their first away meet last Thursday the Northampton was ready for a tough competition.
The Northampton varsity swim team began their 2018-2019 season with a double win over Stroudsburg by scores of 110-70 for the girls and 103-69 for the boys.
With several new swimmers this season, this first meet was a chance to let swimmers try new strokes; it was also an opportunity for Head Coach Cullen Mentzell to see the capabilities of the new team.
“Overall I’m happy with tonight,” explained Mentzell. “It’s great to see some of the newer swimmers stepping up.”
The winter sports season has officially kicked off in Northampton in November. Delayed one day due to an early snow, the slow start didn’t impact the enthusiasm of the Northampton boys and girls varsity swimming and diving team.
The Northampton Middle School Natatorium was buzzing with swimmers and divers preparing for the upcoming season when the Press sat down with head coach Cullen Mentzell this week.
The Northampton girls varsity tennis team sent two players to the PIAA District XI AAA singles tournament at Lehigh University earlier this week.
The tournament, which spans multiple rounds of elimination play, includes games at Lehigh University and Saucon Valley High School. Representing Northampton in the tournament were Grace Tepes and Liz Hozza.
Northampton tennis continues to fight through a tough schedule with strength and determination as their 6-6 record overall lends little insight into the level of play the team rises to with each challenge.
There is one thing head coach Kim Davis will tell you about his team: “We play hard.”
“That is one things the girls know I expect and we always do,” he said.