First Posted: 3/14/2012
After winning a share of the District 2-4 Class AAA girls' swimming title, Abington Heights high school prepares for the state championships.
Abington Heights swimmer Emma Gromelski raced in the 200 medley relay and the 200 free relay, both of which the Lady Comets finished first at districts.
"I was happy with my performance at districts," Gromelski said. "I dropped time and brought home some medals which really helped my team."
Gromelski is among many Abington Heights swimmers who will race in the state playoffs.
"We train every day, both physically and mentally, preparing for states," Gromelski said. "The girls that have already gone are trying to help the younger girls prepare for what they are up against."
After the two relay victories, Abington Heights held a four-point advantage heading into the final day of competition.
The Lady Comets trailed Hazleton Area by eight points with two events remaining in the district championship before Abington Heights Sydney Gualtieri took first in the 100 breaststroke. Gualtieri recorded the only individual victory for the Lady Comets at districts.
"I just knew I had to push myself really hard because I knew I had to do that so my team would win," Gualtieri said. "That was what I trained all season for and I was nervous, but I just had to put that out of my mind and go perform the best I could."
In the final event of the tournament, the Lady Comets' 400 free relay team of Gromelski, Morgan Muller, Rachel Smertz and Vanessa Lempicky knotted Abington Heights with Hazleton Area at 279.
"My team did absolutely phenomenal," Gromelski said. "They really stepped up to the plate and performed amazingly. I honestly couldn't be more proud."
Gualtieri said her team will look to build off its past success and earn personal bests at states.
"We're really hoping we could re-break the records that we broke in both the relays and do as well as we possibly can," Gualtieri said.
Gromelski said she wants her teammates to have fun and give an all-out effort in the tournament.
"There is very tough competition and it's just an awesome experience to have the chance to be a part of," Gromelski said. "I just want my girls to give it all they've got."
The Class AAA State Championships begin March 14 at Bucknell University in Lewisburg and continue through Saturday.