Published February 18. 2023 10:34AM
by STEVE ALTHOUSE Special to the Press
The Parkland girls swimming program reigned supreme in winning the 2023 Cedar Crest Classic held Feb. 4 at Cedar Crest College.
Coach Allison McPeek’s squad took first with 421 points in defeating Exeter Township, Muhlenberg, Emmaus and Southern Lehigh.
Freshman Milla Hahn continued what has been a fine rookie season for the Trojans with a win in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:12 and second-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly.
Simone Lin was dominant in winning the 500-yard freestyle race by more than seven seconds over second-place finisher Rachael Hess of Muhlenberg. Lin’s 5:17 finishing time was a season best. She will continue her swimming career at the University of Rochester.
Madison Roseman contributed also to the Parkland cause with a second-place ranking in the 50-yard freestyle. Ashley Settle earned silver with a personal best 2:16 time in the 200-yard IM. Another Parkland swimmer who registered a personal best on this Saturday was Kelsey McPeek in the 50-yard freestyle race. She clocked an impressive 25.78 and was three-tenths of one second from winning the competition. Sada Fleischaker took fourth in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The Trojans also represented themselves well in relay competition. The foursome of Lin, McPeek, Hahn and Roseman finished second in the 200-yard medley relay less than one second behind winner Muhlenberg. The team of Sydney Platt, McPeek, Settle and Roseman found some success in the 200-yard freestyle with a fourth-place finish. Lin, Platt, Hahn and Settle earned fifth in the 400-yard freestyle with some good swimming.
One week later in the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference diving championship Parkland’s Elle Newcombe finished 19th in the 22-girl field.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Bradley Kunz finished fifth in Saturday's East Penn Conference Diving Championships.