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WILKES-BARRE ‚?? Few Wyoming Valley College athletic programs have ever dominated a sport like the Holy Redeemer has in girls swimming and diving since the school‚??s inception. In six seasons, the Royals rolled through the WVC South Division, picking up the past five conference championships.


But like all dynasties, Redeemer‚??s undefeated streak over WVC opponents came to an end Wednesday at the Wilkes-Barre Catholic Youth Center.


Hazleton Area downed the Royals 104-81 for the first Redeemer divisional loss in the school‚??s short history. The setback ended a streak of 39 consecutive Royal wins in the South. It was also the team‚??s third overall loss and the first since Scranton Prep in December 2010.


‚??Depth ‚?? it was definitely depth,‚?Ě Redeemer coach Mara Pawlenok said. ‚??We knew last year that we graduated a lot and they graduated not much. They got a couple good freshmen in. So I just think the depth really killed us. We‚??re just not as deep as we used to be in a couple of events.


‚??They‚??re a Quad-A school; we‚??re a small school. But, hey, we‚??ve been able to hang with them for all these years. They finally got to us.‚?Ě


Hazleton Area (3-0) sits in first place in the South Division, tied with Wyoming Valley West atop the standings. The Cougars won half of the events, including two of the three relays, and saw four different swimmers win individual races.


‚??It‚??s awesome,‚?Ě Hazleton Area‚??s Felicia Grego said. ‚??I know it hasn‚??t been done ever. They still have a lot of talented girls so this is big for us.‚?Ě


Sporting a three-point lead after diving, Hazleton Area pulled ahead when Grego‚??s win in the 100 butterfly proved to be the difference maker in the meet. Redeemer‚??s Rachel Finnegan led throughout the first 50 yards, and Grego took over on the halfway turn. The Cougars‚?? Rebecca Yannes surpassed Finnegan down the final stretch, as Hazleton Area‚??s one-two finish put them ahead by 11 points.


‚??Well, I was working on my turns and my underwaters,‚?Ě Grego said. ‚??On the 50, I saw that (Finnegan) was with me, and I just pulled ahead. I had a good kick off the wall at the halfway mark, and just sprung ahead for the lead.‚?Ě


Grego displayed more theatrics in the 200 free relay. The third leg in her race, she turned a back-and-forth race into a comfortable lead. The Cougars won the race in a time of 1:48.29.


The Cougars also received wins from Alex Podlesny (500 free), Shelby Sanko (100 free) and Hailey Kendall (50 free).


Despite their first divisional loss, the Royals performed admirably and posted several noteworthy individual performances.


Kelsey Williams emerged as one of the District 2 Class 2A diving favorites with a school record-breaking performance. Williams etched her name in the Redeemer records with a 250.6 score in six dives.


‚??She is starting to emerge as one of the more premiere divers in the area,‚?Ě Pawlenok said. ‚??Her (difficulty of dives) are off the charts. I have to give all of the credit to Kelsey and her diving coach.‚?Ě


Redeemer‚??s Julie Ann Mahle picked up victories in the 200 IM and the 100 back. Rachel Finnegan took the 200 free in 2:05.8. Bethany Chmil handily won the 100 breast in 1:12.82.


‚??We won our share of events,‚?Ě Pawlenok said. ‚??We had some highlights. We had some nice times from 60 percent of our swimmers. A lot of good season-best swims. It was nice coming out of Christmas workouts.‚?Ě


Four Cougar boys win two races to defeat Redeemer

The Hazleton Area boys had four swimmers win two individual events to rebound from Tuesday‚??s loss to Dallas with a 101-75 victory over Holy Redeemer.


Troy Valkusky (50 free, 100 back), Jeff Hicks (200 IM, 100 back), Ryan Paisley (200 free, 500 free) and Tyler Farley (100 free, 100 breast) each took home firsts in two races. The four comprised a winning 400 free relay team with a time of 3:31.81.


Farley came from behind in the 100 free for the win. Redeemer‚??s Mike Dubinski owned a 0.3-second lead before Farley overtook him in the final 50 yards for a 52.84 win.


‚??I was behind for a little while,‚?Ě Farley said. ‚??I‚??m usually a back-half swimmer. I was still sprinting but using less energy. But I knew he was going to be close, given his times, I had to push myself to beat him.‚?Ě


Edward Kovac took first in diving for the Cougars with a 249.4 score. Kovac also contributed to the winning 200 medley relay team.


‚??I have very high expectations,‚?Ě Farley said. ‚??We are a young team with a lot of new kids. We‚??re trying to get them better so we can get a lot of depth.‚?Ě


Redeemer‚??s lone win came in the 200 free relay. George Evans served as the anchor and swam two seconds faster than his counterpart to punch a 1:36.23 time.



Girls



Hazleton Area 104, Holy Redeemer 81



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. HAZ (Hailey Kendall, Felicia Grego, Rebecca Yannes, Shelby Sanko), 1:58.8; 2. HR; 3. HAZ; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. HR, Rachel Finnegan, 2:05.8; 2. HAZ Monica Abdenalek; 3. HAZ Sanko; 200 IM ‚?? 1. HR Julie Ann Mahle, 2:18.51; 2. HAZ Grego; 3. HAZ Katelynn Pleban; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Kendall, 25.98; 2. HR Bethany Chmil; 3. HAZ Morgan O‚??Hara; DIVING ‚?? 1. HR Kelsey Williams, 250.6; 2. HAZ Kayla Jadush; 3. HR Riley Williams; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. HAZ Grego, 1:03.33; 2. HAZ Yannes; 3. HR Finnegan; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Sanko, 58.4; 2. HAZ O‚??Hara; 3. HAZ Doni Matrone; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Alex Podlesny, 5:43.27; 2. HR Kellan Katra; 3. HAZ Ayla Triano; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. HAZ (O‚??Hara, Podlesny, Grego, Sanko), 1:48.29; 2. HR; 3. HAZ; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. HR Mahle, 1:02.81; 2. HAZ Kendall; 3. HAZ Triano; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. HR B.Chmil, 1:12.82; 2. HAZ Pleban; 3. HR, Mallory Kusakavitch; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. HR (Finnegan, Lucy Reilly, B. Chmil, Mahle), 3:56.51; 2. HAZ; 3. HR



Boys



Hazleton Area 101, Holy Redeemer 75



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. HAZ (Tyler Farley, Troy Valkusky, Ryan Paisley, Edward Kovac), 1:46.97; 2. HR; 3. HR; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Paisley, 1:48.93; 2. HR George Evans; 3. HR Jason Hauze; 200 IM ‚?? 1. HAZ Jeff Hicks, 2:10; 2. HR Cody Smith; 3. HAZ Andy Acosta; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Valkusky, 22.52; 2. HR Mike Dubinski; 3. HR Connor Thole; DIVING ‚?? 1. HAZ Kovac, 249.4; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. HAZ Hicks, 58.76; 2. HR Terry Vrabec; 3. HAZ Tyler Palma; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Farley, 52.84; 2. HR Dubinski; 3. HR Thole; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. HAZ Paisley, 5:00.84; 2. HR Evans; 3. HR Hauze; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. HR (Cody Smith, Thole, Dubinski, Evans), 1:36.23; 2. HAZ; 3. HAZ; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. HAZ Valkusky, 1:00.36; 2. HR Smith; 3. HAZ Kyle Steiner; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. HAZ Farley, 1:05.82; 2. HR Vrabec; 3. HR Scott Roper; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. HAZ (Paisley, Hicks, Farley, Valkusky), 3:31.81; 2. HR; 3. HR


Dallas 95, Wyoming Valley West 85

Tied after the diving portion of the meet, Dallas won four of the final seven events to pull away from Wyoming Valley West and earn a win on the road.


Porter Luksic touched the wall first in the 200 IM and 100 breast for the Mountaineers, while Pat Gelso (50 free, 100 free) also won twice.


Ed Zawatski had a hand in three first-place finishes for the Spartans, winning the 200 free, 100 back and teaming with Thomas Missal, Rob Jacobs and Mike Yeninas in the 200 medley relay.



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. WVW (Ed Zawatski, Thomas Missal, Rob Jacobs, Mike Yeninas) 1:48.09, 2. DAL, 3. DAL; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. WVW Zawatski 1:45.17, 2. DAL Marcus Wagner, 3. WVW Andrew Greenwald; 200 IM ‚?? 1. DAL Porter Luksic 2:19.24, 2. WVW Missal, 3. DAL Jack Matusiak; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. DAL Patrick Gelso 23.69, 2. WVW Jacobs, 3. WVW Andrew Guarilia; DIVING ‚?? 1. WVW Colin Vest 350.65, 2. DAL Connor Motley; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. WVW Missal 56.19, 2. DAL Matusiak, 3. DAL Reid Luksic; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. DAL Gelso, 2. WVW Yeninas, 3. WVW Sean McQueen; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. DAL Wagner 5:00.81, 2. WVW Jacobs, 3. WVW Greenwald; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. DAL 1:34.10, 2. WVW, 3. DAL; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. WVW Zawatski 54.93, 2. DAL Brian Stepniak, 3. WVW McGlynn;100 BREAST ‚?? 1. DAL P. Luksic 1:07.63, 2. DAL Reid Luksic, 3. WVW Yeninas; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. WVW (Missal, Jacobs, Greenwald, Zawatski) 3:24.83, 2. DAL, 3. DAL.


Tunkhannock 118, Wallenpaupack 48

The Tigers won all but one event in a victory against Wallenpaupack at home.


Ben Spencer won the 200 IM and teamed with Matt Miller, Joe Moffitt and James Proulx to win the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay for Tunkhannock. Proulx added a win in the 200 free, and Miller chipped in with the fastest time in the 100 free.



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. TUN (Ben Spencer, Joe Moffitt, Matt Miller, James Proulx) 1:45.71, 2. WAL, 3. TUN; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Proulx 2:04.23, 2. TUN Jacob Skoronski, 3. TUN Trevor Dunning; 200 IM ‚?? 1. TUN B. Spencer 2:04.86, 2. TUN Moffitt, 3. WAL Pat Keane; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Jason Linden 24.91, 2. WAL Kyle Usbeck, 3. TUN Stefen Sehne; DIVING ‚?? 1. TUN Sehne 113.90; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. WAL Eric Usbeck 56.52, 2. TUN Proulx, 3. TUN Tim Breen; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Miller 54.57, 2. TUN Connor Hemme, 3. TUN Jake Spencer; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Skoronski 5:48.67, 2. TUN Dunning, 3. TUN WAL Chase Osborne; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. TUN (Moffitt, Miller, Proulx, B. Spencer) 1:36.33, 2. TUN, 3. WAL; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. TUN Jason Lindern 1:04.20, 2. TUN Hemme, 3. WAL Donald Punger; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. WAL Eric Usbeck 1:04.80, 2. TUN B. Spencer, 3. TUN Miller; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. TUN (Dunning, Breen, Skoronski, Linden) 3:58.81, 2. WAL.


Hanover Area 70, Lake-Lehman 64

Hanover Area won the final three events of the meet to beat Lake-Lehman.


Jayce Temperine (200 medley relay, 500 free, 100 back, 400 free relay) was part of four wins for the Hawkeyes, while David Williams (200 medley relay, 400 free relay, 200 IM) contributed to three first-place finishes.


Kieran Sutton won the 200 free, 100 free and was part of the winning 200 free relay for the Black Knights.



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. HAN (Tim Saltz, John Qiu, David Williams, Jayce Temperine) 2:05.42, 2. LL; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. LL Kieran Sutton 2:18.85, 2. HAN Sean Connelly, 3. LL Chris Sabol; 200 IM ‚?? 1. HAN Williams 2:31.56; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. LL Chris Edkins 25.84, 2. HAN Saltz, 3. HAN Robert Kinney; DIVING ‚?? 1. LL Matt Edkins 270.35, 2. LL Dustin Zieler, 3. HAN Elido Veras; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. No Entries;100 FREE ‚?? 1. LL Sutton 1:00.90, 2. LL C. Edkins, 3. HAN Qiu; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. HAN Temperine 5:33.74; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. LL (Zeiler, M. Edkins, C. Edkins, Sutton) 1:50.73, 2. HAN; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. HAN Temperine 1:06.30, 2. LL M. Edkins, 3. HAN Qiu; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. HAN Williams 1:16.80, 2. HAN Connelly, 3. LL Sabol; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. HAN (Saltz, Connelly, Williams, Temperine) 4:04.31, 2. LL.


Pittston Area 81, Wyoming Area 29

The Patriots bested Wyoming Area Wednesday evening in a match up of teams racing to solidify times for the district championships later in the season.


Brandon Winters (200 medley relay, 50 free, 200 free relay, 100 back) was a four-time winner for Pittston Area.


Michael Murphy won the 100 free and 100 breast for the Warriors.



GIRLS Wyoming Valley West 97, Dallas 83

Wyoming Valley West opened up an early lead and held on throughout, downing Dallas at home.


The Spartans were buoyed by a slew of four-time winners, among them Brianna Gaylets (200 medley relay, 200 IM, 200 free relay, 100 breast), Morgan Hanadel (200 medley relay, 100 fly, 100 back, 400 free relay) and Desiree Holena (200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay).


Amanda Rando won the 50 free for the Mountaineers.



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. WVW (Brianna Gaylets, Morgan Hanadel, Lydia Ellsworth, Alexandria Plant) 2:04.70, 2. DAL, 3. WVW; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. WVW Desiree Holena 2:08.33, 2. DAL Abby Berger, 3. DAL Amanda Schwertdman; 200 IM ‚?? 1. WVW Gaylets 2:31.53, 2. DAL Sarah Fasulka, 3. DAL Krista Vivian; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. DAL Amanda Rando 30.10, 2. WVW Syrah Musto, 3. WVW Ellsworth; DIVING ‚?? 1. WVW Karina Zabresky 254.35, 2. DAL Kendra Venesko; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. WVW Hanadel 1:01.74, 2. DAL Kaylin Augustine, 3. WVW Ellsworth; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. WVW Plant 1:00.41, 2. DAL Lauren Finnegan, 3. DAL Felicia Brittian; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. WVW Holena 5:41.78, 2. DAL Berger, 3. WVW Chipego; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. WVW (Gaylets, Ellsworth, Chipego, Holena) 1:50.78, 2. DAL, 3. DAL; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. WVW Hanadel 1:04.58, 2. DAL Augustine, 3. DAL Amanda Lopez; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. WVW Gaylets 1:19.51, 2. DAL Fasulka, 3. DAL Nell Adams; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. WVW (Holena, Plant, Chipego, Hanadel) 3:58.86, 2. DAL, 3. DAL.


Tunkhannock 122, Wallenpaupack 52

Tunkhannock won 10 of 12 events, dispatching Wallenpaupack at home.


Morgan Manglavitti and Cheyanne Kasmierski were part of the winning 200 medley and 200 free relay teams, while Manglavitti added wins in the 50 and 500 free and Kasmierski won the 100 free.



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. TUN (Kandis Venn, Ashley Kasmierski, Morgan Manglavitti, Cheyanne Kasmierski) 1:58.79, 2. WAL, 3. TUN; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Sam Simmons 2:26.67, 2. WAL Annalyn Hehir, 3. TUN Dana Kuffa; 200 IM ‚?? 1. WAL Baileigh Vanderhoof 2:19.53, 2. TUN C. Kasmierski, 3. TUN Selena Chilson; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Manglavitti 26.40, 2. TUN Elissa Stretch, 3. WAL Kaela Vanderhoof; DIVING ‚?? 1. TUN Katie Kolodzieski 145.15, 2. TUN Taylor Schultz, 3. TUN Autumn Frost; 100 FLY ‚?? 1. WAL Vanderhoof 1:04.46, 2. TUN Venn, 3. WAL Hehir; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN C. Kasmierski 1:01.93, 2. TUN Stretch, 3. TUN Selena Chilson; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. TUN Manglavitti 5:52, 2. WAL Vanderhoof; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. TUN (Stretch, Simmons, C. Kasmierski, Manglavitti) 1:51.03, 2. WAL, 3. WAL; 100 BACK ‚?? 1. TUN Venn 1:05.77, 2. TUN Schultz, 3. TUN Lia deLyon; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. TUN A. Kasmierski 1:13.87, 2. TUN Simmons, 3. TUN Kuffa; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. TUN (Stretch, Kuffa, Venn, Chesner) 3:51.89, 2. TUN.


Hanover Area 103, Lake-Lehman 72

Hanover Area won all but three events in a win over Lake-Lehman.


Kayla Keating (200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 breast, 400 free relay) was a four-time winner for the Hawkeyes, while Sara Belles (100 free, 400 free relay, 200 medley relay) contributed to three wins.


Julia Baur and Sammi Sabol won the 200 IM and 100 back, respectively, and teamed up to be a part of the Black Knights‚?? winning 200 free relay.



200 MEDLEY RELAY ‚?? 1. HAN (Sara Belles, Kayla Keating, Kim Perucci, Caitlyn Bogart) 2:04.63, 2. LL; 200 FREE ‚?? 1. HAN Bryanna Eichler 2:20.46, 2. LL Sammi Sharon, 3. HAN Gabby Keating; 200 IM ‚?? 1. LL Julia Baur 2:36.31, 2. HAN Alisia Saltz, 3. HAN Colleen Gatusky; 50 FREE ‚?? 1. HAN K. Keating 27.00, 2. HAN Melinda Good, 3. DAL Jolisa Copeman; DIVING ‚?? 1. HAN Ashlynn Heller 204.45, 2. LL Brinkley Williams, 3. LL Amanda Mathers;100 FLY ‚?? 1. HAN Perucci 1:04.07, 2. LL Sami Sabol, 3. HAN Saltz; 100 FREE ‚?? 1. HAN Belles 1:01.79, 2. LL Sharon, 3. LL Copeman; 500 FREE ‚?? 1. HAN Eichler 6:28.04, 2. LL Cassie Stevens, 3. LL Lindsay Williams; 200 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. LL (Copeman, Sharon, Sabol, Baur) 1:55.07, 2. HAN, 3. HAN;100 BACK ‚?? 1. LL Sabol 1:06.41, 2. HAN Belles, 3. HAN Hannah Eck; 100 BREAST ‚?? 1. HAN Keating 1:17.31, 2. LL Baur, 3. HAN Bogart; 400 FREE RELAY ‚?? 1. HAN (Eichler, Perucci, K. Keating, Belles) 4:15.44, 2. LL, 3. HAN


Pittston Area 139, Wyoming Area 46

Pittston Area won every event in a meet from Wednesday, sweeping three of them, against Wyoming Area.


Mia Nardone (200 medley relay, 200 free, 500 free, 200 free relay) played a role in four first-place finishes for the Patriots.

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