First Posted: 2/3/2013
The Lady Patriots swimmers defeated Meyers 112-74 in the PA pool on Wednesday solidifing their hold on first place in Division 3. The win was the team's 32nd consecutive in the WVC D-3. They haven't lost since January 20, 2010.
With two meets left against teams they beat by big scores earlier in the season – Coughlin and Wyoming Area – The Lady Patriots will likely win their third consecutive D-3 championship with a third consecutive undefeated season
This season's title, if it happens, will be the coolest, since PA lost over 20 seniors from last season.
We started in early September with open swims, Pittston Area coach Amy Hazlet said. I had 20-25 kids, and a lot of them didn't know how to swim. I have 11 that never swam before. Every day we increased the yardage and tried to get better.
I have some kids that were really average last year and dedicated themselves to the program. Without that dedication and hard work, we wouldn't have won today.
The victory over the second-place Mohawks didn't come with bold tinkering with the lineups. Mia Nardone – fresh off a first-place in the 200 IM – was switched to the 200 freestyle, a move that pitted herself against Meyers' top swimmer, Eilish Hoban.
Swimming the event for the just the second time in her career, Nardone skated to a 2:09.82 first-place showing over Hoban that gave the Patriots an early boost in the scoring. Nardone also took first in the 100 fly at 1:04.28.
I did something crazy today, Hazlet said. Mia usually swims the 200 IM and won the event at the Ray Wills Invitational at Wyoming Valley West. And I put her up against (Hoban) in the 200 free. She only swam that race one other time before.
Pittston Area (7-0) benefited largely from the diving event, taking the top three points that yielded a 10-point scoring advantage. Theresa Domarosky placed first with a 190.05. Sierra Williams and Ashley Beers rounded out the top three.
Their degree of difficulty was extremely low last year, Hazlet said. They were average. This year, they have increased their degree of difficulty. That's what it came down to today in the diving.
The Patriots took all but two events against the Mohawks (6-2). Kassity Roche took over for Nardone in the 200 IM for a first-place finish. Shannen Brady took first in the 100 back at a time of 1:12.09.
Senior Tiffany Smith secured wins in both the 50 and 100 free. She clocked in at 1:04.38 in the 100 free for the victory.
Liz Scialpi, Katie Musto, Antoinette Antonacci and kallie Miller also scored top three finishes for PA.
The Pittston Area boys defeated Meyers 65-55 in an exhibition meet.
Kris Littleton, Zach Hoffman, Mike Barney, and Brandon Winters won the 200 free relay for PA
Winters (100 back), Hoffman (100 breast) and the 400 free relay team also won.
Barney won the diving with a 186.2, and Hoffman won the 200 IM.
Wyoming Area defeated Nanticoke on Wednesday. – Jack Smiles contributed to this story
Wyoming Area at Meyers
Coughlin at PA
Pittston Area 8-0
Wyoming Area 5-3