Swim team ends year
Whitehall swimmers took aim at securing spots on the podium during the district championships last weekend, putting up some impressive times as they looked to advance to the state tournament.
Senior Stephanie Setar was one of those who accomplished that feat, making an appearance at the podium on Saturday as she finished fourth in the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 59.53.
Setar was among a strong cast of Zephyr swimmers who posted personal best times in 18 races at the AAA championships. Head coach Pete Rile said that the two-day meet also resulted in three seasonal bests. However, with such a strong field of competitors, those efforts didn’t forge a lane to Bucknell University for the PIAA championships. That meant Sunday’s finals closed the book on the 2017-18 season.
In addition to Setar’s medal, Rile said that the district meet produced two new school records. Those came Saturday as Daniel Jablonski set a new school record in the 200 freestyle, breaking his previous record set last year at districts with a 1:46.62 mark. The other came courtesy of the boys 200 Medley Relay as Jablonski, Ziyad Khafagy, Sebastian Solarte and Nikola Martinovic set the new mark as they finished in 1:46.45.
“Overall, it was an excellent meet,” said Rile.
Emmaus High School became the home of the District 11 championships after a power outage at Parkland forced the move. Familiar surroundings proved beneficial to the Green Hornets boys as they emerged as team champs with 489 points, while the Parkland girls were tops with 529. The Whitehall girls finished eighth with 106 points, while the boys were ninth with 88.
Sunday saw Jablonski get off to a fast start in the 500 freestyle. He posted the second best time at the 50-split mark. However, the long strokes of Dieruff’s Phillip Rishel eventually overtook Jablonski and the rest of the field to win the event in 4:45.93. Jablonski finished seventh, posting a 4:56.15 mark.
During Saturday’s events, Jablonski capitalized on his fast start to finish sixth in the 200 freestyle, touching in 1:46.62.
Ziyad Khafagy also had a strong performance in the freestyle. The senior finished twelfth, in the 100, touching the wall in 50.49. He also fared well in the 100 butterfly, finishing eleventh in 55.95.
Whitehall had four swimmers competing in the girls 100 backstroke as Trish Bartosh, Madelyn Kutney, Kallie Lyle and Stephanie Setar all took aim at the podium. Setar, who swam in the final heat, finished in 1:00.85 which earned her sixth place. Lyle was eleventh with a 1:03.58 mark, while Kutney finished eighteenth, touching in 1:05.55, and Bartosh finished thirtieth in 1:08.81.
The Whitehall girls also had multiple competitors in the 500 freestyle with Katie Lutterschmidt and Rachael Alulis looking to make a medal run. Alulis touched the wall in 5:57.17, while Lutterschmidt finished in 6:03.91.
In the girls 200 Individual Medley, Martha Gilleto finished sixteenth with a 2:25.13 mark, and was eighteenth in the 100 freestyle, touching in 57.68
The girls also teamed up for sixth place in 200 Medley Relay as Lyle, Setar, Bartosh, Kutney, finished in 1:55.82. Those four also combined to finish ninth in the 200 freestyle relay with a 1:51.85 mark. On Sunday, that group closed out the meet for the girls with a seventh-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay with a 3:50.63 mark.
The boys closed out the AAA competition with a seventh-place finish in the 400 freestyle relay as Jablonski, Khafagy, Solarte, and Martinovic, finished in 3:26.87. On Saturday, they combined for that record-breaking performance, finishing twelfth in the 200 freestyle relay.