First Posted: 3/28/2012
Abington Gators swimmer Rachel Smertz broke two team records at the Northeastern Pennsylvania Age Group Swim League championship meet held recently at the Wilkes-Barre CYC pool.
Swimming in the 14 and under division, Smertz set the 100 yard backstroke record in 1:03:87 and smashed the 200 yard freestyle record with a time of 2:03:86. The previous freestyle record was 2:08:57. Smertz's times were the fastest for the events in the approximately 40-year history of the Gators.
Smertz captured another first place medal in the 200 yard freestyle relay. Sydney Gualtieri, Jessa Sablan and Kelsey Jackson also swam on the winning relay team.
Gualtieri also captured first in the 14 and under 100 yard breaststroke. Gators swimmer MacKenzie Hughes grabbed first in the 10 and under 50 yard freestyle.
Twelve teams from throughout Northeastern and Central Pennsylvania swam at the championship meet. Participants ranged from six years old to 14. Medals were awarded to the top eight finishers in each event.
Other Gators girls winning medals included Alyssa Bowen, Cassie Brown, Isabela Camayd, Diana Clegg, Katherine Dammer, Taylor Evans, Peyton Gualtieri, Anna Hricko, Cecelia Hricko, Elizabeth Keisling, Stella Kwiecinski, Alyssa Lopez, Emma Oswald, Caila Pitts, Daisey Petty, Lauren Scofield, Domenica Scott, Kyra Sladicki, April Sokalsky, and Samantha Wilkerson.
Gators boys winning medals were Kyle Bushta, Brendan Conahan, Eric Craig, Shane Cummings, Bryce Edwards, Luke Gualtieri, Gregory Guditus, Kevin Guditus, Aiden Jordan, Sam Jubon, Zack Karabin, Conor Kryeski, George Kwiecinski, Bryan Lear, Sandeep Rajamani, Trevor Sablan, Thomas Scott, Kaleb Sherman, Roy Slavin, William Stevens, Jack Wasko, Jackson Wentz, and D.J. Weiland.