First Posted: 2/22/2012
When the swimming season was set to begin in December, Abington Heights high school head coach Mary Gromelski knew that she had a young, but very talented girls team.
She credited the quick maturation of the young swimmers along with the leadership of the upperclassmen for the team’s success, and helping them claim the WVC Northern Division title.
“All the underclassmen wanted to be a big part of the team,” Gromelski said. “They got down to business and worked hard, and are still working hard.”
According to Gromelski, the older girls have served as great mentors.
“Our captains have been great, especially with so many underclassmen on the team,” she said. “They have tried to show them the ropes and what to expect from our practices. The seniors have been very nurturing.”
Gromelski said she also believes both the closeness of the team and their determination led to the division title.
“They worked together as a team and really wanted it,” she said. “They pulled together in big meets and pushed each other. Also, they all truly like each other and the sport.”
Gromelski looked back to the 85-85 tie against top-contender Scranton Prep as a match that defined the team’s season.
“It was tied almost the whole match,” she said. “There were certain events that we thought we needed to finish from second through fifth. We needed everyone to participate and they all gave 100 percent.”
Entering the final meet of the season, the Lady Comets knew they had to defeat Tunkhannock to have a shot at the division title.
The team won nine events in route to a 131-52 victory over the Tigers. Coupled with Delaware Valley’s (6-1) win over previously unbeaten Scranton Prep (5-1-1), the Lady Comets (6-0-1) were champions.
“The girls knew that for us for to win the division, they couldn’t take anything for granted,” Gromelski said. “If they didn’t win (that meet), they couldn’t win the division. They knew they had to give 100 percent and they came through with flying colors.”
Gromelski is confident her team can continue their winning ways into district and potentially state competition.
“If we stay focused, I think we have a very good chance to perform well,” she said. “We’re going to start tapering the girls so everything should fall in place.”
The District 2 Class AAA Championships are set for March 2-3 at the Wilkes-Barre CYC.