Michelle Fernando of Pittston Area High School swims in the girls 200 yard individual medley during the District 2 Class 2A swimming championships at the Wyoming Valley CYC on Friday afternoon. Fernando was part of the PA 400 Free Relay team which finished seventh on Saturday in the event at the D2 championships.photo by BILL TARUTIS
After winning a combined four medals on the opening day of the District 2 Class 2A Swimming Championships at the Wilkes-Barre CYC last Friday afternoon, both Pittston Area and Wyoming Area were hoping for another day of multiple winners last Saturday afternoon on Day 2 of the event.
But it was only Lady Patriots junior Samantha Scialpi who came away with a medal, winning her third of the championships with a sixth-place finish in the 100 Back event. Scialpi also won a sixth in the 50 Free and a fourth with the PA 200 Free Relay team.
Scialpi posted a season-best time of 1:06.59 to finish sixth. It was seven hundredths of a second better than her seeding time, and just three hundredths of a second slower than fifth place finisher Lucy Reilly of Holy Redeemer. Holy Redeemer sophomore Julie Ann Mahle won the event with a time of 59.98.
Wyoming Area’s Lauren Deluca finished eighth in the same event, posting a time of 1:11.37. Pittston Area’s Ashley Menichini also swam the event, finishing 16th with a season-best time of 1:17.75.
Day 2 of the championships began with the 100 Free event. WA’s Macawley Brown finished eighth with a season-best time of 1:00.95 Elizabeth Finnegan of Holy Redeemer won the event with a time of 55.53.
Kaylene Sutkowski finished 10th for PA in the 100 Free with a time of 1:01.57. Teammates Emily Zurek and Sarah Kosik finished 17th and 22nd respectively with times of 1:03.14, and 1:05.79. Kosik’s time was a season-best for the Lady Patriots junior.
Wyoming Area’s Ellie Laffey finished 17th in the 500 Free with a time of 6:30.19. Scranton Prep freshman Mia Nonneneberg won the event with a time of 5:09.37. Nonneneberg’s time was five seconds better than the boys’ winner.
Melissa Cruz of Wyoming Area finished ninth in the 100 Breast with a season-best time of 1:18.34. Stephanie Holloran of Tunkhannock won the event with a time of 1:11.53. PA freshman Antoinette Antonnacci placed 22nd with a time of 1:25.12.
In the 400 Free Relay, Pittston Area and Wyoming Area finished seventh and eighth in the event.
The Lady Patriots team of Sutkowski, Zurek, Scialpi and Michelle Fernando posted a time of 4:04.75, besting their seed time by almost 11 seconds. The Lady Warriors team of Cruz, Laffey, Deluca and Brown swam almost 10 seconds better, posting a time of 4:09.56. Prep won the event with a time of 3:46.12.
On Friday, Cruz placed ninth in the 200 IM. The WA sophomore posted a time of 2:33.49. Nonneneberg won the event in a District 2 record time of 2:08.40. Fernando finished 11th in the event with a time of 2:34.74, and Wyoming Area’s Tia Brown swam a 2:38.66 to finish 15th.
In the 50 Free in which Scialpi finished sixth, Zurek placed 12th with at time of 27.30, and in the 100 Fly, Tia Brown finished 12th with a time of 1:09.48, and Fernando finished 13th in 1:09.53.
Pittston Area beat out Wyoming Area by a point to finish ninth in the team title race. The Lady Warriors finished 10th.
Just because the Patriots and Warriors do not sponsor boys’ teams in the Wyoming Valley Conference doesn’t mean the men were not represented at the District 2 Class 2A and 3A championships.
Four local swimmers took to the waters last weekend in the Wilkes-Barre CYC pool.
Wyoming Area freshman Ryan Flynn swam two events, playing 12th and 19th respectively in the 100 Back and 50 Free. In the 100 Back, Flynn posted his best time of the season, a 1:11.09 to earn the Warriors only team point of the championships. He also swam a 26.54 in the 50 Free.
Tyler Cummings, Nick Remsky and David Whispell all swam for Pittston Area in the Class 3A event.
Cummings, a junior, posted the best finish for the Patriots, placing 22nd in the 50 Free. He swam a season-best 25.93. Remsky, also a junior, posted a 27.25, and Whispell swam a 29.37.
Cummings also swam the 100 Free in a time of 58.13, and Whispell, another junior, posted a 1:07.87.
Pittston Area’s Alyssa Scatena finished seventh at the District 2 Class 2A Girls’ Diving Championships held the last weekend of February at the Wilkes-Barre CYC.
Scatena totaled 264 points during the event. Sarah Zerfoss of Dallas won the gold medal with a score of 373.35.
In the boys’ D2 Class 2A Diving Championships, Wyoming Area’s Mike Pacovsky finished 10th with a score of 239.00. Michael Stec of Dallas won the gold with a score of 423.00.