First Posted: 12/8/2014
DALLAS – When Ezra Moore lowered his 500-yard freestyle time to 5:06.56 by the end of the 2013-14 season, it was good enough to earn him a second-place finish at the District 2 Class AA Swimming and Diving Championships.
In the first two meets of the season, Moore is approaching that time already, putting the senior in position to shoot for bigger goals this season.
Moore turned in the top individual performance and junior Jared Krawetz led a relay sweep Monday afternoon when Dallas cruised to a 137-43 Wyoming Valley Conference over visiting Lake-Lehman.
“This is almost exactly where I should be,” Moore said after winning the 500 in 5:08.13, just four-hundredths of a second of his winning time in the season-opening victory over Hanover Area. “I want to get under five (minutes) for districts, so that’s where I need to be right now.”
Moore, the top returnee from a team that won the Wyoming Valley Conference Southern Division title and finished second in the district team standings, got off to a strong start personally while helping the Mountaineers go 2-0.
After winning two individual and two relay events against Hanover Area, Moore nearly duplicated that effort against the rival Black Knights. He was the only Dallas boy to win two individual events and was part of relay teams that finished first and second.
Moore, who competed in the 100 backstroke in the opener, was tested by coach Romayne Mosier in the 200 individual medley and came through with a win by more than 6 ½ seconds.
“The IM is something I don’t do every day, but it was something she wanted to see,” Moore said. “I was really happy with how I did.”
Krawetz posted four wins as part of each relay and on his own in the 200 freestyle.
“I’ve been bouncing him around a lot,” Mosier said. “The last couple years, he was in the 200 and the 500.
“This year, I’m trying some different things.”
Porter Luksic, who won the 100 breaststroke, and Troy Reinert, who won the 100 butterfly, were each on two winning relays.
Dylan Lisnow won the 50 freestyle and was part of one relay win.
Reid Luksic, Owen Kiluk and Mikail Krochta each contributed to a relay win.
Yonah Wasik and defending district diving champion Matthew Edkins led the way for Lake-Lehman (0-2).
Wasik won the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke. He won the backstroke and was on two winning relays in the season-opening loss to Berwick.
Edkins, who finished eighth in the state last season, dominated the diving with a score of 297.15, more than 100 higher than the nearest competitor.