The District 2 Class 2A Swimming Championships will take place Friday and Saturday at the Wilkes-Barre CYC. Both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area will compete with 15 other schools, including powerhouses Scranton Prep, Holy Redeemer and Dallas.
The Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors will each have representatives in each race with the exception of 50 Free and 500 Free.
The event begins Friday at noon with the 200 Medley Relay kicking things off. Both PA and WA will race in the second heat with top qualifier Scranton Prep who turned in a time of 1:54.95 this season. The Lady Warriors qualified with a 2:04.95, and the Lady Patriots with a 2:05.22.
Kaylene Sutkowski (PA, 2:17.25) and Ellie Laffey (WA, 2:18.46) will compete in the second heat of the 200 Free. Top seed Megan Carey – a freshman from Holy Cross – turned in a time of 2:03.18. Michelle Fernando (PA, 2:32.33) is the top Greater Pittston-seed in the 200 IM with Wyoming Area’s Melissa Cruz, Tia Brown and Lauren Deluca also swimming the event. Prep’s Mia Nonneneberg is the top seed with a time of 2:12.13.
Pittston Area’s Samantha Scialpi, Emily Zurek, Sarah Kosik and Tiffany Smith will all swim in the 50 Free for the Lady Patriots but the Lady Warriors will not send a representative to the event despite the fact Melissa Cruz (25.46) and Macawley Brown (27.25) would both have had times to put them in the Top 10 seeds. Prep junior Rebekah Campo is the top seed with a time of 24:54. Both Scialpi (26.20) and Zurek (27.21) will swim in the final heat.
Campo also has the top seed in the 100 Fly with a time of 58.21. Macawley Brown is seeded fourth in the event with a time of 1:06.01. Fernando (1:09.26) and Tia Brown (1:10.25) will also swim the event in the second heat.
The 200 Free Relay caps off Friday’s Class 2A event with Pittston Area seeded seventh with a time of 1:53.58. Prep is the top seed with a time of 1:43.02. WA (1:55.83) will swim in the first heat.
On Saturday at noon, Zurek (1:00.68) will lead a contingent of six Greater Pittston swimmers in the 100 Free. Macawley Brown (1:02.50), Sutkowski (1:01.47), Smith, Kosik and Megan Potoski of Wyoming Area will also swim. Stephanie Dymond of Tunkhannock is the top seed with a time of 56.07. Scialpi, who posted a time of 1:00.44 during the season, will not participate in the 100 Free.
Laffey (6:25.02) will be the only representative in the 500 Free. Fernando (6:16.27) will not swim. Nonneneberg – a freshman - is the top seed with a time of 5:17.90.
Scialpi leads a trio of local swimmers in the 100 Back. The PA junior posted a time of 1:06.66 during the season to seed herself fifth in the event. Prep seniors Lauren Mayurnick – who has roots in Old Forge – is the top seed with a time of 1:03.00. Deluca (1:10.44) and Ashley Menichini (PA, 1:19.74) are also seeded.
Cruz is seeded seventh in the 100 Breast with a time of 1:18.60 behind top seed Maggie Germain of Prep who posted a time of 1:14.69 during the season. Freshman Antoinette Antonnacci of Pittston Area will also swim. Her best time this season was a 125.84.
The 400 Free Relay will conclude the championships on Saturday with the Lady Patriots and Lady Warriors both swimming in the second heat. PA is seeded seventh with a time of 4:15.48 and WA is seeded eighth with a time of 4:19.44. The top seed is Prep with a time of 3:48.99.
Four boys will represent Greater Pittston at the D2 Class 2A and 3A Swimming championships this weekend .
Pittston Area’s David Whispell, Tyler Cummings and Nick Remsky will swim in the Class 3A meet, and Wyoming Area’s Ryan Flynn will swim in the Class 2A meet.
Whispell and Cummings – two Patriot juniors – will each swim in the 50 Free and 100 Free events. Remsky, also a junior, will swim in the 50 Free. Matt Runtas of Williamsport is the top seed in the 50 Free with a time of 22.45. Cummings has the best time of the locals with a time of 25.99. Runtas is also the top seed in the 100 Free with a time of 49.85. Cummings swam a 57.97 during the year, and Whispell swam a 1:03.22.
Flynn, a freshman will swim the 50 Free and 100 Back. In the 50 Free, Flynn has posted a time of 26.34. Jake Chielli of Dallas has the top time of 22.22. In the 100 Back, Flynn has posted a time of 1:13.02. The top seed is Brian Stepniak of Dallas with a time of 59.74.
Wyoming Area won every race in a 113-70 victory over Coughlin last Wednesday in Exeter.
Melissa Cruz, Ellie Laffey and Macawley Brown led the way for the Lady Warriors with four wins each including the 400 Free Relay which the trio swam with Lauren Deluca in a time of 4:28.16.
Cruz also teamed with Brown, Deluca and Tia Brown to win the 200 Medley Relay before winning the 100 Free and 100 Breast events. Cruz’s 1:01.63 in the 100 Free as her best time of the season.
Laffey teamed with Tia Brown, Kierstin Lasher and Lauren Frisbie to win the 200 Free Relay, and then won the 200 Free and 500 Free individually. Her time in the 200 Free – a 2:23.89 – was a season best.
Macawley Brown added individual wins in the 50 Free and 100 Fly, and Tia Brown added a win in the 100 Back.
Lasher also won the Diving competition for Wyoming Area.