Augustine took third in the 200 free at districts behind the Scranton Prep tandem of Katie Voitik and Angela Stahl. Augustine touched the wall in 2:01.15. She also claimed fourth in the 100 butterfly with a 1:02.36.
The Royal senior recovered from a partial tear in her rotator cuff midway through the season to qualify in two events at PIAAs. In both events, she was a heavy underdog. At districts, Finnegan took first place in the 100 back at 59.41 seconds, trimming 5.4 seconds off her seed time. In the 100 free, she surpassed Valley View’s Clare Sebastianelli to take second. At states, she was 27th in the 100 free and 20th in the 100 back.
Gross came away from the District 2 Class 2A diving championships with a silver medal. She totaled a 341.8 score and trailed Abington Heights’ Annie Gromelski by 12.8 points. Gross was the next-to-last girl out of the finals and took 17th at states with a 229.15.
Despite cutting 2.5 seconds off her seed time, Kasmierski fell to third place in the 100 breast at 1:09.75. The Tunkhannock senior qualified for states, and she finished in 25th place overall.
Nicole Rose Lukesh
Lukesh burst onto the scene and made a name for herself as one of the top butterfly swimmers to watch in 2014-15. She nabbed third in the 100 fly at 1:01.55 against some of the quickest swimmers in the district. Lukesh erased 15 seconds off her seed time for a fourth-place finish (5:34.93) in the 500 free.
Manglaviti made her second straight appearance at the state championships after logging a pair of second-place finishes at districts. She chopped 4.68 seconds to take the silver in the 200 IM at 2:15.2. Manglaviti outswam Pittston Area’s Mia Nardone and Holy Cross’ Megan Carey in the 100 back at 1:01.98. Manglaviti was one of three local girls swimmers to appear in two races at states. She was less than a half-second away from qualifying for consolation finals in the 200 IM, where she finished in 18th place. The Tunkhannock sophomore was 25th in the 100 back.
Nardone cleared a minute to snag her first career district championship, winning the 100 butterfly in 59.67 seconds. The Pittston Area junior earned third in the 100 back. She led the Patriots to their fourth consecutive Wyoming Valley Conference Division 3 title. Nardone made the PIAA consolation finals in the 100 butterfly and finished in 16th place.
O’Hara led the Cougars to their second straight WVC championship. O’Hara recorded a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 back and the 50 free (25.52). She shaved 3.7 seconds off her seed time in the 100 back for a 1:02.63. O’Hara won a district championship in the 400 free relay. Her Hazleton Area relay team placed 22nd at Class 3A PIAAs.
Pleban posted a second-place in the 100 breast at districts. She finished the race in 1:12.77 and led the Cougars to their second consecutive conference championship. Pleban appeared on two silver-medal relay teams and took fifth in the 200 IM.
Podlesny delivered in the distance events for the WVC South champion Cougars. In similar fashion to last year’s 500 free district race, Podlesny cut 14.36 seconds off her seed time to take second with a 5:24.47. She finished fourth in the 200 free. Podlesny claimed a district championship on a 400 free relay.
Ray earned a trip to states in the 50 free, touching the wall in 25.76 seconds at the District 2 Class 2A championships. She qualified for states for the second straight year. Ray recorded a 31st-place finish at PIAAs.
Sanko delievered with a set of outstanding performances for WVC South champion Hazleton Area at districts. She took third in both the 100 and 200 free races. Sanko hacksawed more than three seconds off her 200 free seed time for a 2:02.18. She registered 56.6 in the 100 free. Sanko qualified for states with a district title for a 400 free relay team that cut nearly 11 seconds off their seed time. Her 400 free relay team came in 22nd at states.
Williams qualified for the PIAA Class 2A Diving Championships after her third-place performance at districts. She took the bronze locally with a 331.5. Williams came in 18th at states with a 229.15.