DALLAS – The Lake-Lehman swimming and diving record book is a flimsy one at best. The Black Knights have never been known for outstanding performances inside the pool or on the diving board.
Matt Edkins, his mother/coach and his teammates aim to change all of that.
Edkins, in just his sophomore season, broke his own record on the diving board Thursday with a 282.05 score in six dives in the Black Knights' 84-57 loss to Elk Lake.
The Black Knight girls team, low on numbers but high on talent, capped their third win of the season with a 104-73 victory over the Warriors in Wyoming Valley Conference interdivisional competition. In record-setting fashion, Lehman won its third meet of the season – its longest streak since at least 2007-08 (as far as WVC's website records show) and, according to coach Nancy Edkins, perhaps the most number of wins in program history.
The fact is that we've had one or two wins as long as we've been in existence, coach Edkins said. That's what happens when we win that these kids start becoming believers. These kids come back more motivated swimmers and divers.
It's almost unthinkable how far the Lehman swimming program has come in two seasons. The Black Knight girls have either went winless or won one divisional game in each of the past five seasons, and set a high with two overall wins last season. The Lehman boys, who tied their best mark in six years with a win over West Scranton last week, seek their first division win in more than six years – a span of over 38 meets – when division play picks up in January.
It's nice when we can swim against programs that are similar like Elk Lake and Holy Cross, Edkins said. This is a great meet. That's a great meet. They're excited when they win. When we have practice at 8:30 on Saturday morning, they say ‘Sure. We'll be there.'
The Lehman girls won all but one event in defeating the Warriors for the first time in program history.
Sami Sabol won all four events, claiming the 200 medley and 100 fly in the individual races. She contributed in wins for 200 medley and 400 free relays.
You can't deny someone credit when someone wins four races against a good team, said Edkins.
Julia Baur was a multi-race winner with victories in the 200 free and 500 free. Sammi Sharon touched the wall first in the 100 free in 1:05.22. Kirsten Cope (100 back) and Jolisa Copeman (50 free) also won an individual event.
The Black Knights' lone loss came in the 100 breast, a race in which Amelia Jenkins lost by 17-hundreths of a second.
In just one year, diving became the Black Knights' specialty, becoming one of the conference's top boys and girls events. Sophomore Brinley Williams won the girls diving with a 192.65 score.
Matt Edkins, the reigning district champion in Class 2A diving, was one of two winners for the Lehman boys. He received two scores of 8 and a 7.5 on his penultimate dive that cemented the record.
It's hard sometimes (to break your own record), coach Edkins said. You've got to get those seven and eights. As long as he keeps getting better, he's going to be breaking those records.
Dustin Zeiler also performed well for the Black Knights on the diving board. Zeiler posted an impressive 220.4 score in a second-place finish.
That's a huge score for Matt, and a great performance for Dustin as well, coach Edkins said. Our divers did a great job today.
Chris Edkins won the 50 free in a time of 26.68 seconds for the Black Knights' other boys win.
200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. LL, (Kirsten Cope, Amelia Jenkins, Sami Sabol, Jolisa Copeman), 2:15.49; 2. EL; 200 FREE – 1. LL Julia Baur, 2:17.86; 2. LL Symantha Sharon; 3. EL Hannah Cave; 200 IM – 1. LL Sabol 2:28.72; 2. LL Lindsay Williams; 3. EL Kira Karpov; 50 FREE – 1. LL Jolisa Copeman 29.54; 2. EL Becca Sisson; 3. LL Jenkins; DIVING – 1. LL Brinley Williams 192.65; 2. EL Julia Amorino; 3. LL Amanda Mathers; 100 FLY – 1. LL Sabol 1:09.94; 2. EL Leah Ofalt; 3. EL Kaylee Grosvenov; 100 FREE – 1. LL Sharon 1:05.22; 2. EL Sisson; 3. LL Cope; 500 FREE – 1. LL Baur 6:12.42; 2. EL Olivia Everett; 3. EL Sunna Griffiths; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. LL, (Copeman, Jenkins, Baur, Sharon), 1:51.08; 2. EL; 3. EL; 100 BACK – 1. LL Cope, 1:22.62; 2. EL Lainey Bedell; 3. EL Katie Bennett; 100 BREAST – 1. EL Ofalt, 1:24.35; 2. LL Jenkins; 3. EL Olivia Everett; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. LL (Baur, Copeman, Sharon, Sabol), 4:21.8; 2. EL; 3. LL
200 MEDLEY RELAY – 1. EL (Seth Carney, Gabe Hamerick, Matt Sterner, Zach Myer), 2:31.37; 200 FREE – 1. EL Alex Manzek, 2:17.31; 2. LL Kieran Sutton; 3. LL Chris Sabol; 200 IM – 1. EL Codie Malloy 2:37.87; 50 FREE – 1. LL Chris Edkins, 26.68; 2. EL Sterner; 3. EL Hamerick; DIVING – 1. LL Matt Edkins, 282.05; 2. LL Dustin Zeiler; 3. EL Myer; 100 FLY – 1. EL Brad Grosvenor, 1:05.82; 2. EL Manzek; 100 FREE – 1. EL Carney, 1:01.99; 2. LL C. Edkins; 3. LL Chris Hertick; 500 FREE – 1. EL Malloy, 5:59.73; 2. EL Sterner; 3. LL Sutton; 200 FREE RELAY – 1. EL (Manzek, Malloy, Carney, Grosvenor), 1:47.35; 2. LL; 100 BACK – 1. EL Grosvenor, 1:11.99; 2. LL M. Edkins; 100 BREAST – 1. EL Hamerick, 1:22.74; 2. LL Sabol; 3. LL Zeiler; 400 FREE RELAY – 1. EL (Manzek, Malloy, Carney, Grosvenor), 4:07.5; 2. LL