Pates fall to Hornets
In its second swim meet of the season, the Freedom Patriots gave their best effort against the Emmaus Hornets on Dec. 18, but were defeated, 112-71 (boys) and 107-79 (girls).
Helen Hsu, Carly DelFranco, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:53.03 for the Patriots.
Hsu said, "We didn't lose any [relay swimmers from last year], so hopefully, we'll keep getting better as the season goes on."
In individual events, Howell won the 200 free in 1:58.33 and the 500 free in 5:13.12. DelFranco took first place in the 200 IM in 2:15.96 and the 100 backstroke in 1:00.69. Hsu clinched the 50 free in 24.77 and the 100 free in 54.62, and Munion won the 100 fly in 1:01.93.
Howell, Molly Magnan, Munion, and Hsu also placed first in the 400 free relay in 3:42.46.
Despite so many first place finishes, the Patriots came up short in the final scoring due to the Hornets' high number of second and third place swimmers.
"We knew it would be a challenge, but we tried to have fun. It was not a disappointment at all. I'm proud of all the girls and how we pulled together," said Hsu.
In the boys' individual events, Peter Conzola won the 100 fly in 52.40, and Scott DelFranco was a double winner in the 100 free in 48.43 and the 100 backstroke in 53.04 for Freedom.
John McGinty won the diving event with 127.95 points, and Andrew Umstead placed a close second, as only a fraction of a point separated the Patriot teammates.
Umstead said, "[My best was] the inward dive, and I'm working on my double front flip. The first meet [against Northampton] was really hard because it was my first time, but I'm getting used to it, so it doesn't affect me as much."
The Freedom freshman has been performing a straight dive, a back flip, a back flip with a full twist, an inward, a reverse back flip, and a front flip one-and-a-half.
Wrapping up Freedom's meet against Emmaus, Eric Lawrence, Sam Magnan, DelFranco, and Conzola won the 400 free relay in 3:16.91.