SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The Abington Heights boys and girls varsity swimming teams return many of the athletes who led to their success last season.
Senior Colin Florey, the defending District 2 Class 3A boys diving champion, is back along with senior diver Cameron Cleary and junior diver Julian Medina. Freshman Carter Smith may also factor into the team’s diving rotation.
The boys team aims to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish in the District 2 Class 3A championship meet.
The group of returning boys swimmers includes seniors Thomas Clifton, Brendan Conahan, Brook Houck and Samuel Jubon; juniors Kevin Albright, Shane Cummings, Nello Gilarde, Charlie Gromelski, Zachary Karabin, Brandon Kelleher, Rohit Nuguri, Michael Stoughton, Chris Suh, Benjamin Vale and Donald Weiland; and sophomores Luke Gualtieri and Sam Remus.
Sophomore Anshul Verma and freshmen John Frantz, John Grahm, Dan Munley, Jack Wasko and John Yocum will add depth to the squad.
“I think this is the strongest our boys (team) has looked in a long time,” Abington Heights head coach Mary Gromelski said. “I think the talent we have in our divers is really going to help the swimmers. Our swimmers also look very strong and our mechanically correct in their training.”
The girls team, which placed second in the District 2 Class 2A championship meet last season, brings back seniors Aliza Selznick and Catherine Simakaski; juniors Leah Byman, Kelsey Jackson, Caila Pitts and Danielle Sanok; and sophomores C.C. Donahoe, Laura Hartman, Rachel Lorah, April Sokalsky and Samantha Wilkerson as swimmers.
Returning divers include juniors Karley Feather, Sydney Dana and Natalie Kozar.
Juniors Isabella Camayd and Alexis Myers; sophomore Margorie Myers; and freshmen Sarah Bath, Elizabeth Rembecki, and Kyra Sladecki may work in the swimming rotation while freshmen Meghan Marion and Camille Marquardt may contribute as divers.
“We have a phenomenal group of freshmen who came in,” Gromelski said. “They seem to be a very tight-knit team and are very focused on their goal of winning districts. I believe if they train the way they’re supposed to, they won’t have a problem finishing well.”
Abington Heights will open its Lackawanna League season with a meet at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 7 at Elk Lake.
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