WILKES-BARRE – The Dallas swimming program repeated its sweep of the District 2 Class AA championships and, in the process, earned a series of opportunities to compete in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Championships.
Annalise Cheshire and Abby Zolner matched accomplishments while leading the Dallas girls to a 235-211 advantage over second-place Wyoming Seminary March 4-5 at the Wyoming Valley Catholic Youth Center.
Cheshire and Zolner each won an individual event, finished second in another event to qualify for the state meet and combined on two second-place, state-qualifying relays.
Porter Luksic had an individual and relay win when Dallas outscored Scranton Prep, 238-197, in the boys competition the same two days.
Because more teams were entered in the girls meet, the top two finishers in each event earned automatic state berths while only the boys champions advanced.
In addition, the best 16 other times from around the state in individual events and top eight times from relays earned the remaining state berths.
After all the district meets were completed around the state, the PIAA compiled times and scores and determined that Dallas diver Lexi Spaciano was an additional qualifier, joining teammate and district champion Maddy Ross.
The additional boys qualifiers included Troy Reinert from Dallas in the 100 butterfly and the school’s 200 medley relay team of Mikail Krochta, Luksic, Reinert and Jared Krawetz.
Tunkhannock’s Jacob Skoronski, who earned one spot as the 200-yard freestyle winner, landed another as a timed qualifier in the 500 freestyle. Teammate Saywer Aitken made it as a diver.
The additional girls qualifiers included Wyoming Seminary’s Julia Baur, a transfer from Lake-Lehman, in the 100 butterfly.
Ross is the top Dallas seed in the state meet, scheduled for March 18-19 at Bucknell University. She goes in ranked sixth out of 24 divers.
The Dallas girls 400 freestyle relay team is seeded seventh. Zolner leads off and is followed by Melinda Ratchford, Lauren Finnegan and Cheshire as the anchor.
The same lineup formed the 200 freestyle team that is seeded 10th.
Cheshire is the top individual seed from the Mountaineers, going in eighth in the 50 freestyle and 10th in the 100 freestyle. She finished third in the state in the 50 free last year. She won her district title this year in the 100 free.
The top eight in each event reach the state finals and earn medals. The ninth through 16th finishers reach the consolation final and score points for their teams.
Tunkhannock finished fifth in the district meet with 145 points, led by Morgan Manglaviti, who qualified for the state meet with her second-place finish in the 200 free and also placed third in the 100 back.
Lake-Lehman tied for 15th of 17 teams with four points.
Skoronski helped the Tunkhannock boys finish third with 187 points.
Lake-Lehman was ninth out of 14 teams that scored with 52 points. Yonah Wasik led the Black Knights with a fourth-place finish in the 200 IM.
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