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Scranton Prep looks forward to swimming strong

December 10. 2013 4:24PM
MEREDITH COLOHAN Abington Journal Correspondent

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The Scranton Prep boys and girls swim teams have high expectations this season for individual excellence in performance.

“We have our sights set high on the state level,” said coach Joe Thier of both the boys and girls Scranton Prep swim teams.

With a combined total of 14 boys and girls, Thier said his team may be small in numbers, but is, “Strong and talented.” Since Scranton Prep has such a small roster, Thier said it is difficult for the teams to outscore other schools as a team, but their small numbers make them a close-knit group.

“The girls and boys together are like a family,” Thier said.

The swimmers practice five to six times a week and Thier believes the boys and girls will put together strong relay teams throughout the season up until the state meet in the spring. Thier said Abington Heights and Delaware Valley are generally their toughest competition. He expects elite swimming at the district and state level and said that Prep definitely, “Has a shot at doing something positive,” especially in the individual events.

This season’s swimmers to watch include senior Mia Nonnenberg, who is verbally committed to the University of Alabama, and junior flyer, freestyle, and all-around event swimmer Katie Voitik. Last season, Nonnenberg won the 500 yard freestyle at the state PIAA Girls Swimming and Diving Championships and broke numerous District II records, while Voitik won first place in the District II 200 yard freestyle and 100 yard butterfly at the 2013 PIAA District II Championships.

Overall, Thier said the main goal this season is for the boys and girls to, “Achieve their highest level of potential.”

The Scranton Prep boys and girls swimming teams will face Dallas High School Thursday, Dec. 12 at 4:30 pm in Dallas.

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