First Posted: 3/2/2014
Tunkhannock ended a four-year Dallas run as District 2 Class AA boys swimming champion, but the Mountaineers went down fighting.
“It is disappointing, but the boys swam phenomenally,” Dallas coach Romayne Mosier said. “They didn’t go down without a fight. They had personal-bests and season-bests.
“They swam their hearts out.”
Tunkhannock used an outstanding relay effort to outscore Dallas, 211-206, for the team championship.
The Mountaineers entered the weekend with a 34-point advantage from the previous week’s diving competition, but the Tigers came out on top after the Feb. 28 and March 1 swimming events at the Wilkes-Barre CYC. Tunkhannock won two of the three relays and finished second in the third.
Seniors Jason Linden, Joe Moffitt and Matt Miller got it started for Tunkhannock, swimming the first three legs of the winning 200-yard medley relay. Linden was also on the winning 200 freestyle relay while Moffitt and Miller swam the last two legs on the second-place, 400 freestyle relay.
“We have three seniors that really stepped up this year and became leaders,” Tunkhannock coach Tim Mislevy told The Times Leader. “Those guys worked really hard and the rest of the team followed them.
“It was all them. They did everything we asked.”
Stefen Sehne anchored both winning relays. Jacob Skoronski and Mitch Fowler were also part of the 200 freestyle relay win and the second-place finish in the 400.
Miller finished second in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle while qualifying for next week’s state championships at Bucknell University based on his times in the events. Moffitt also qualified for the state meet while taking second in the 100 breaststroke and added a fourth-place finish in the 200 individual medley.
Dallas had to compete without Owen Kulick because of an illness. The points Kulick was projected to earn based on his seeds in two individual events would have been enough to put Dallas over the top.
“We knew it was going to come down to us and Tunkhannock,” said Mosier, who guided Dallas to the Wyoming Valley Conference Southern Division title but lost a crossover meet against Tunkhannock, which placed third in the Northern Division. “It was a close meet in our dual.”
The winner in each boys event automatically qualified for the state meet along with those who ranked among the best times in district meets around the state.
Dallas was unable to win any events, but Reid Luksic’s time while finishing third in the 100 breaststroke landed him at Bucknell along with Patrick Madaya, who qualified in diving a week earlier.
Ezra Moore had the top finish in an individual event, taking second in the 500 freestyle, along with sixth in the 200 freestyle. He was also part of third- and fourth-place relay teams.
Porter Luksic, Reid Luksic, Jared Krawetz and Patrick Gelso combined to take second in the 200 freestyle relay.
Porter Luksic was fifth in the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM and was part of the third-place 400 freestyle relay. Reid Luksic was also seventh in the 200 IM and on the fourth-place 200 medley relay. Krawetz was on the third-place relay and placed sixth in the 500 free and seventh in the 200 free. Gelso was on the third-place relay and finished fourth in both the 50 free and 100 free.
Madaya and Troy Reinert were on the fourth-place 200 medley relay.
Matt Edkins, the District 2 diving champion who is also headed to Bucknell, led off a 10th-place 200 medley relay team for Lake-Lehman. Chris Sabol, Thomas Manzoni and Chris Herrick were also on the team that helped the Black Knights place 12th out of 15 teams.
Abington Heights defeated rival Scranton Prep, 215-187, in the District 2 Class AA girls team race.
Dallas finished fifth with 137 points. Tunkhannock was sixth out of 18 teams while Lake-Lehman was 14th.
The top two in each girls’ event automatically qualified for the state meet. Kiera Gross will represent Dallas based on her performance in diving Feb. 22 when she placed second.
Dallas was led in swimming by Kaylin Augustine, who was third in the 200 freestyle, fourth in the 100 butterfly and on relay teams that took fifth and sixth.
Madison Hurst was sixth in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 100 butterfly.
Amanda Lopez was seventh in the 100 backstroke and on a fifth-place relay.
Amanda Schwertman and Lauren Finnegan were both on the fifth-place 400 relay and sixth-place 200 freestyle relay. Abby Berger was on the 200 freestyle relay.
Tunkhannock was led by sophomore Morgan Manglaviti, who qualified for the state meet with second-place finishes in both the 200 IM and 100 backstroke and anchored the third-place 200 freestyle relay. Ashley Kasmierski added a third in the 100 breaststroke.
Lake-Lehman was led by Julia Baur, who was seventh in the 100 freestyle, eighth in the 100 butterfly and anchor of the 10th-place 400 freestyle relay.