Published January 22. 2023 08:16AM
by STEVE ALTHOUSE Special to the Press
The Parkland girls swimming and diving team started the new year with two wins and an appearance in the Bucknell Invitational.
The Trojans dominated Northampton in a 144-42 win Jan. 4. Coach Allison McPeek’s team is loaded, and this meet showcased its talent.
Senior Ashley Settle won the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly, while Madison Roseman took the 100-yard breaststroke and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley.
Freshman Milla Hahn continued a fine rookie season winning the 100-yard freestyle and finishing second in the 200-yard freestyle. Sophomore Julianne Zaffiro won the 100-yard backstroke and claimed second in the 100-yard freestyle. Senior Simone Lin took gold for Parkland in the 200-yard IM.
Six days later Parkland dunked Dieruff, 140-22. The Mackenzie Platt, Zaffiro, Roseman and Lin team won the 200-yard medley relay by less than one second over teammates Ella Rafeld, Taylor Coombe, Kaley McKenzie and Hahn.
The 200-yard freestyle relay was won by Natasha Goldman, Sada Fleischaker, Sydney Platt and Rafeld. Goldman did more fine work in winning the 50-yard freestyle and Fleischaker took the 100-yard breaststroke.
Other winners over the Huskies included Lin in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle, Roseman in the 100-yard butterfly, Zaffiro in the 200-yard IM, and Settle in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle. Elle Newcombe and Grace Liersaph finished first and second in diving.
The team did not experience as much success Jan. 7 in the Bucknell Invite, finishing seventh in an eight-team field and failing to medal in any event. Settle did finish fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:09.43, while Hahn took seventh in the same race clocking a 1:10.02 time.
PRESS PHOTO BY COLIN SHERIDAN Julianne Zaffiro swims the breaststroke leg of the medley relay during a recent meet against Northampton.
PRESS PHOTO BY COLIN SHERIDAN Natasha Goldman pushes off the wall to start the backstroke against Northampton.