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Swimmers close out regular season

Thursday, February 23, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton boys’ varsity swim team ended the 2016-2017 season with a home win against Easton High School on Thursday, Feb. 16.

Ending the season on a high note, the boys edged out the Rovers with a 99-86 victory.

“Easton was a big win for us,” explained head coach Cullen Mentzell.

It was the first time since 2005 the Northampton boys bested Easton.

The girls lost a close contest against Rovers by a score of 94-92.

A sit-down with NHS swim seniors

Friday, February 17, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton varsity swim team will graduate seven seniors this year, Michael Bauer, Morgan Fehnel, Alexis Frey, Gavyn Frankenfield, Jared Iasiello, Joshua Millan and Hanna Novobilski.

On a rainy morning in February, I sat down with some of the graduating senior swimmers after another early morning practice, to look back at the past four years and talk about saying goodbye.

Swimmers sweep PME

Wednesday, February 8, 2017 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton swim team hosted Pocono Mountain East on Tuesday, Feb. 7, for a meet filled with close finishes, personal best times and races won by fractions of a second.

In the end, both the Northampton girls and boys squads would emerge with a victory over Pocono East. The scores were 102–78 for the girls and 105-68 for the boys.

Some highlights of the evening included about half of the Northampton swimmers achieving personal best times by coach Cullen Mentzell’s estimation.

Diving In Kids swimming team again to have divers

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

For years, Northampton varsity swimming has forfeited several points per meet due to the lack of a diving squad to compete in the varsity swimming and diving competitions.

Those days are far behind them now, thanks to the establishment of a new diving team and a renewed excitement about the future of diving in Northampton.

The man behind this growing sport in the Northampton Area School District is Todd Lerch.

Kids home swim schedule starts with a victory

Wednesday, December 28, 2016 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

The Northampton varsity boys and girls swim teams made a big splash on Thursday night, Dec. 22, with the first home meet of the 2016-17 season.

Both the girls and boys squads achieved a win over East Stroudsburg North with the scores of 131-49 (girls) and 130-50 (boys). Northampton’s diving team also contributed to the point total, claiming all 20 diving points with their performance.

Coach Cullen Mentzell was pleased with the team’s performance at this first home contest.

Swimmers ready to get season started

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 by WENDY KENNEDY in Sports

On Tuesday, Dec. 13, the Northampton varsity boys and girls swim team kicked off their 2016-2017 season with a new coach, a new roster of swimmers and a new outlook for a great season.

Following the retirement of veteran coach Gwen Whilden, Northampton’s former assistant coach for the past four years has taken the reigns the leader of Northampton’s varsity swim squad. Coach Cullen Mentzell, who also teaches mathematics at Northampton Senior High School, plans to leverage his experience both as an athlete and a coach to help the team get off to a great start.