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BILL ARSENAULT Contributing Columnist



Katie Paterson
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Katie Paterson is a standout performer with the Marywood women’s swim team and if you don’t believe it, just take a look at the school record list.


Senior Paterson (Abington Heights) holds the top marks in the 200 freestyle (2:01.23), the 500 free (5:15.42), the 1000 free (10:51.87), the 1650 free (18:01.65), the 100 breaststroke (1:10.50), the 200 breaststroke (2:33.59) and the 400 IM (4:50.41. She also shares marks in four of the five relay events.


“Katie is such an important part of the program,” coach Greg Brown said. “She works hard, challenges others and has been an unbelievable senior captain.”


Paterson has her eyes on the Landmark Conference Championships Feb. 7-9 in Scranton. She’s the defending champion in the 1650 and was a top-five finisher in three other events and in the top sixth or better in three relays.


In the latest Landmark time standings, Paterson is first in the 1650, second in the 1000 and third in the 500 free.


“Both Katie and I have high expectations for the end of the season,” Brown said.


MARTIN’S COMES BACK – Junior Brittany Martin (Abington Heights) is in her third season competing with the Millersville women’s track team. In the recent Golden Bear Invitational in Kutztown, she finished seventh out of 30 runners in the mile (5:43.10) and helped the 4x800 relay finish first (10:06.20).


“Brittany quit the team last year because she wasn’t that into training and needed a break,” coach Andy Young said. “She ended up coming back which is very rare once an athlete quits.”


This season, the coach sees a different person.


“Brittany is much more positive and willing to put in the work necessary to be good. I would expect that she may be one of the bigger surprises for our team in the PSAC (March 1-2 in Edinboro).”


The Edinboro track is one of Martin’s favorites.


“I would expect that she will make an impact in the 800, mile or 5k,” Young said. “She should be a big boost for our relays as well.”


BURKE’S A FACTOR – Sophomore Sean Burke (Abington Heights) is running with the Lehigh men’s indoor track team. He finished second in the 5k (15:49.22) at the Army 4-Way meet at West Point, N.Y. and fifth in the 3k (8:49.50) at the Angry Birds Invitational in Bethlehem.


“Sean has taken the necessary steps to be a big factor in the program,” distance coach Tom Etters said. “As a freshman, you could see signs that he was really doing the right things.”


Burke came back in the fall for cross country ready to go according to the coach.


“Sean was in our top five for most of the cross country season,” Etters said. “He’s really on pace to be quite an impact player for us over the next few years.”


Burke and the Mountain Hawks are pointing toward Feb. 21-23 when the Patriot League Championships are held in Lewisburg.


TUFFY WORKING HARD – Sophomore Hannah Tuffy of Scott Township (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School) is competing as a middle distance runner with the Army women’s track team. She finished second in the 500 (1:23.63) as the season-opening Crowell Open at West Point.


“Hannah is a great student-athlete and cadet,” assistant coach Lauren Smith said. “She works hard, never quits and steps up to challenges and does it all with a positive mind set. Her strive to improve is a quality that any coach respects and appreciates.”


Tuffy will compete in the 400, 500 and 4x400 relay indoors and the 500 dash and the 400 intermediate hurdles outdoors.


“And she will keep other events on her plate as well,” Smith said.


PETTINATO’S ADAPTING – Freshman Matt Pettinato (Abington Heights) is competing and scoring points in the 500 and 1000 freestyle and the 200 intermediate medley for the Widener men’s swim team. He’s also swimming the 200 medley and 400 free relays.


“Matt has quickly adapted to the new ways we train and race here at Widener,” coach Katheryn Peterson said. “He has quickly dropped time and continues to do so because of his openness to changing stroke techniques and learning new racing strategies.”


Coming up for Pettinato and the Pride will be the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships Feb. 13-16 in York.


“I’m excited to see how Matt performs at the championships as the men’s team fights for the championship title,” Peterson said.


KNOWLES LEARNING THE GAME – Freshman Matt Knowles of Waverly (Scranton Prep) is serving as a backup guard for the Ursinus men’s basketball team.


The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder averaged 2.4 points a game the first half of the season and hit 15 of 17 free throws (.882). He also picked up four assists and four steals. He was an All-Lackawanna League selection last season at Scranton Prep.


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