SCRANTON – The scouting report for the Tunkhannock-Scranton Prep boys swimming meet was spot on. All Tunkhannock coach Tim Mislevy needed was for his team – particularly his depth – to sneak in as many points as possible.
The Tigers' deep roster scratched and clawed its way to a 93-73 victory Tuesday over Scranton Prep in a battle of one-loss teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference North Division. Tunkhannock (6-1) leapfrogs the Cavaliers in the standings to sit second behind undefeated Delaware Valley.
I was concerned coming into the meet tonight, Mislevy said. (Scranton Prep) always has a strong team and they always give us their best. So it was a big win for us.
Mislevy's concerns stemmed from a small but fast Cavalier roster that took six of eight individual events. The Tigers plugged away at the second-, third-, and fourth-place spots for its 20-point win.
Tunkhannock largely benefited from two key relay wins. The team of Matt Miller, Ben Spencer, Jason Linden and James Proulx narrowly won the 200 free relay in a time of 1:34.72. Spencer, Miller and Proulx teamed up with Joey Moffit for a 5.4-second win over the Cavaliers in the 400 free relay, chiming in at 3:33.01.
Moffit's third-place showing over Cooper Legg in the 200 IM gave the Tigers needed points early in the meet. Matt Miller earned a personal best time in the 100 fly at a minute flat.
As always, the pinnacle to Tunkhannock's success rested on the shoulders of the two-time district champion Spencer. Spencer raced to Tunkhannock's lone wins – a 2:03.75 finish in the 200 IM and a 57.47-second 100 back result. Not surprisingly, he picked up a first in all four swims.
He's a top notch swimmer – not just in our division but in the whole state, Mislevy said. He's training hard every chance we get – extra mornings just to work on small things in the water. He's always thinking about what he's doing, and he's never happy with where he is now. Always looking for ways to tweak his swims to make himself better.
Scranton Prep's girls swimming team's record is deceiving, to say the least. The Classics came into Tuesday's meet sharing a similar 4-2 record as the Tigers. But this is nearly an identical Prep team to the one that finished fifth in the state last season.
The Classics' top-tiered swimmers proved too much for the Tigers to handle, capping a 93-73 victory. Tunkhannock was a few less-than-a-half-second losses away from an upset bid.
Before every meet, I tell the girls to swim your own race, Tunkhannock coach Larissa Cleary said. I don't care who is swimming in what lane next to you, you're racing against the clock. So hopefully, it resonates with the kids. I think tonight it did for the most part. They have some talented kids, but we have some all-stars. And I'm sure they know the names of some of our girls.
Tunkhannock's Kandis Venn claimed the team's lone individual win. Venn won the 200 free over Abby Dempsey in a time of 2:10.63.
The Tigers were a blink of the eye away from two more golds that would have made the race much tighter. Venn lost to Janel Harach by 32-hundreths of a second with a 1:08.82 finish in the 100 fly. Megan Manglaviti's 50 free time of 26.34 seconds was 26-hundreths of a second behind Katie Voitik.
With only a few weeks left in the season, I pinpointed some key areas we could really work on and improve upon, and some areas that I think we really shine on, Cleary said. I think this is part of the season where I can identify which events some of our girls are going to swim at districts.
The 200 medley relay team of Venn, Ashley Kasmierski, Manglaviti and Cheyanne Kasmierski recorded an impressive time of 1:59.85. The Tigers finished 1.5 seconds behind the Prep team of Mia Nonnenberg, Voitik, Abby Dempsey, and Harach.
200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. SP (Ryan Sebastianelli, Ben Evans, Eddie Pfaeffle, Nico Lastaukas), 1:46.7; 2. TUN; 3. TUN; 200 FREE – 1. SP Evans 1:54.85; 2. SP Lastauskas; 3. TUN James Proulx; 200 IM – 1. TUN Ben Spencer, 7:03.75; 2. SP Mike Robinson; 3. TUN Joey Moffit; 50 FREE – 1. SP Sebastianelli, 23.07; 2. TUN Matt Miller; 3. SP Pfaeffle; DIVING – No diving; 100 FLY – 1. SP Pfaeffle, 57.54; 2. TUN Matt Miller; 3. TUN Tim Breen; 100 FREE – 1. SP Sebastianelli, 51.01; 2. TUN Proulx; 3. TUN Connor Hemme; 500 FREE – 1. SP Lastauskas; 2. SP Cooper Legg; 3. TUN Jacob Skoronski; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. TUN (Miller, Spencer, Jason Linden, Proulx), 1:34.72; 2. SP; 3. TUN; 100 BACK – 1. TUN Spencer, 57.47; 2. SP Robinson; 3. TUN JLinden; 100 BREAST – 1. SP Evans, 1:05.84; 2. TUN Moffit; 3. TUN Stefan Sehne; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. TUN (Proulx, Miller, Moffit, Spencer), 3:33.01; 2. SP; 3. TUN.
200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. SP (Mia Nonnenberg, Katie Voitik, Janel Harach, Abby Dempsey), 1:58.35; 2. TUN; 3. TUN; 200 FREE – 1. TUN Kandis Venn, 2:10.63; 2. SP Dempsey; 3. SP Katie Neville; 200 IM – 1. SP Angela Stahl, 2:31.88; 2. SP Emily Donlon; 3. TUN Sam Simmons; 50 FREE – 1. SP Voitik, 26.08; 2. TUN Megan Manglaviti; 3. TUN Elissa Stretch; DIVING – No diving; 100 FLY – 1. SP Harach, 1:08.5; 2. TUN Venn; 3. SP Emily Donlon; 100 FREE – 1. SP Voitik, 55.54; 2. TUN Manglaviti; 3. SP Stahl; 500 FREE – 1. SP Abby Neville, 5:58.15; 2. SP KNeville; 3. TUN Dana Kuffa;200 FREE RELAY – 1. SP (Nonnenberg, Stahl, Harach, Voitik), 1:46.08; 2. TUN; 3. SP; 100 BACK – 1. SP Nonnenberg, 1:00.00; 2. TUN Simmons; 3. TUN Selena Chilson100 BREAST – 1. SP Nonnenberg, 1:00.14; 2. TUN Ashley Kasmierski; 3. TUN Cheyanne Kasmierski; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. SP (Stahl, Dempsey, Emily Donlon, KNeville), 4:18.78; 2. TUN; 3. TUN