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Emmaus splits with Parkland

The latest installment of the Emmaus and Parkland swimming rivalry ended in a split decision. The Emmaus boys downed Parkland 125-58, while the Hornet girls dropped a 111-75 decision to the Lady Trojans.

The boys relay teams swept the three events with the team of Logan Shriver, Ryan DeJohn, Griffin Messenlehner and John Niggel taking first place in the 200-yard medley relay just two seconds ahead of the team of Anderson Borst, Garrett Longbons, Ethan Ferris, and Jared Petre to give the Hornets wins in the top two spots.

Ferris was a part of the 200-yard freestyle relay team that also took first by nearly three seconds. Ferris swam the opening leg and was followed by Connor Burnand, Andrew Taylor, and Jack Reppert.

The most impressive relay win came in the 400-yard freestyle relay where Emmaus finished just under 11 seconds ahead of a team of Trojans with a time of 3:18.73. This time, Taylor and Reppert started the event for Emmaus with Messenlehner and Shriver finishing with the last two legs.

The Emmaus boys finished at the top of the results in all eight individual events and swept the top three spots in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 breaststroke. Taylor held the top spot in the 200 free, with Reppert finishing six seconds off the pace and Burnand finishing two seconds behind him for third. In the 100 breaststroke, DeJohn edged out teammate Longbons by less than a second with Niggel nipping at their heels for third.

In addition to his first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, Taylor took the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle event and Shriver captured first in both the 200-IM and the 100-yard backstroke. Ferris (50 freestyle), Borst (100 butterfly), and Reppert (500 freestyle) also took top spots in their events.

On the girls’ side, the Lady Hornets took second in all three relay races with Cat Sirignano, Hailey Reinhard, Sophia Harmon, and Gloria Klees finishing in second in the 200-yard medley relay, while Reinhard swam the anchor leg for the 200-yard freestyle team along with Emmelia Pechulis, Morgan Gould, and Veronica Karboski. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, the final girls’ event of the meet, Emmaus finished second and third. Klees, Gould, Sirignano and Gloria Klees took the top spot with Karboski, Pechulis, Georgia Magditch, and Izzy Sparaco placing third.

In individual events, Gould led the way with two second-place finishes. Gould was two seconds behind Simone Lin in the 200-yard freestyle and placed second in the 500-yard freestyle event. Sparacco finished third in the 50-yard freestyle and second in the 100-yard backstroke, while Harmon placed second in the 100-yard butterfly and third in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Emmaus divers picked up points in their event by finishing second, third and fourth. Elle Bagley was just 3.4 points behind top finisher Johanna Cook, with Keira Gilboy and Sara Christine coming in third and fourth.

The Emmaus boys team is 4-0 on the season, while the girls are now 3-1.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Andrew Taylor won two individual events and was on two winning relays in a win over rival Parkland last week.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Griffin Messenlehner competes in the butterfly event against Parkland.