WHS swimmers get set for districts
After a successful season, Whitehall’s swimming teams will look forward to extend their season in the upcoming district championships and beyond.
The Zephyr girls’ team finished the year with an overall 12-4 mark and will send eight swimmers to district competition at Parkland High School.
“We had a good year,” said head coach Pete Rile about the girls’ squad. “It was nice to see us have five girls qualify with their times and we had another three qualify with conditional times. We had a pretty solid unit this year.”
Steph Setar, who has been among the most consistent performers all season, will qualify this weekend in the 100 fly and back stroke. She will be joined by Autumn Kidulic (butterfly and IM), Martha Giletto (free), Michaela Hendricks (free) and Kallie Lyle (butterfly and back).
Other girls in the mix will be Katie Lutterschmidt (free), Madelyn Kutney (free), and Rachael Alulis (IM).
Setar has the highest seed, as she will begin fifth in the 100 fly. Rile expects his girls’ relay teams to have a good chance to create some damage.
“I think they’ll be in the middle of the pack,” said Rile of his individual swimmers. “Steph (Setar) is in a good spot. The top seven seeds are very tight in time. Our relay teams are also in a good position and they can possibly grab a good spot.”
On the boys’ side, Rile believes a five-man unit in districts also can have a good afternoon. The boys’ team finished with an overall 8-8 record, the second best behind the all-time mark of 10-6.
Jordan Rivera (breaststroke) will lead the boys’ contingent along with Dan Jablonski (free), Ziyad Khafagy (free and IM), Sabastian Solarte (fly and free), and Jack Yadush (free and back). The boys also could have a high finish in the 200 and 400 free relay.
The girls’ 200 medley relay team of Setar, Julia Thomas, Kidulic, and Giletto along with the boys’ 200 medley team of Yadush, Rivera, Solarte, and Hisham Hamada both have been consistent top finishers all season and expect to be in the running for a high finish.
Rile sees possibly as many as seven school records that could be broken. District winners will advance to the state meet at Bucknell and swimmers with the top 16 times also will be considered.
“Our boys could have a real shot,” added Rile. “After districts, we will have a number of school records broken. I think we can do very well.
“We have to go out there and compete like we have all season.”