Published January 09. 2023 08:47AM
by STEVE ALTHOUSE Special to the Press
The Parkland swimming teams ended 2022 with victories over Hopewell Valley Central of New Jersey.
The 128-42 girls win and the 137-45 boys triumph ended the calendar year with another success.
“As a coach, I could not be more pleased with how the season has started,” Parkland coach Allison McPeek said. “The athletes come to practice every day ready to work and are putting in the time in the pool as well as with our strength and conditioning coach Kenrick Smith. We have had a great week of training over our winter break and are looking forward to a successful rest of the season.
“In the first third of the season, we have already had a number of swimmers on both our boys and girls teams achieve personal best times in multiple events.”
The Trojans’ schedule includes invitational meets such as the Bucknell Invite, Cedar Crest Classic and Flips of Fury before District 11 competition.
“The invitational meets are a great way for our athletes to compete against teams outside the Lehigh Valley area as well as potentially swimming different events than what they swim in dual meets,” McPeek said. “As a team we will use these meets as a barometer to gauge where we are at with our training and evaluate what we need to work on as a team as well as individually.”
The Parkland girls team has received good performances from various swimmers, showcasing the squad’s depth. Seniors Simone Lin, Ashley Settle, Kelsey McPeek and Natasha Goldman along with junior Madison Roseman, sophomore Julianne Zaffiro and freshman Milla Hahn are all having particularly fine seasons. The boys have been led by seniors Dannik Khais, Gabriel Krizel, Anshul Dadayyapally and Marcus Moreef.
Parkland is scheduled Jan. 4 to host Northampton with the Bucknell Invite set for Jan. 7.