Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

FHS girls rally to win

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 by Katie McDonald in Sports

Freedom’s girls’ swim team came back from a 29-31 deficit at the diving event to score a 96-83 over Stroudsburg last Thursday at Freedom.

“It’s a very different dynamic than some of the larger teams because recently we’ve been going against some of the bigger teams in the league like Nazareth and Parkland, so going against a team that was basically at our level made it a lot more competitive, and pushed us, I feel, as a team to cheer for each other and work our hardest to pull out the win, and we did it,” said Freedom junior Alex Koehl.

Linda Mao, Abby Burnette, Sage Hillier, and Erin Madden opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 2:06.38.

In diving, Sarah Gill placed first with 189.80 points, followed by Fallon Tatlow with 180.00 points, and Leigha Evans with 165.95 points, all for the Patriots.

Burnette came in second in the 100 butterfly in a close finish withe Stroudsburg’s Julia Delaney.

“It was really close the whole time, but at the end, I kind of lost some endurance and she outtouched me,” Burnette said.

Madden took first place in the 500 free in 6:13.09, and Burnette placed first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:13.22.

“It felt really good and I felt strong in the water,” said Burnette. “I try and have a really strong start and I try not to pay attention to the person next to me. I build off that energy, but it’s my race and I use that for myself.”

In the 100 backstroke, Hillier placed second, Mao was third, and Grace Christainsen placed fourth.

The Patriot girls ended the meet with a victory in the 400 free relay with Koehl, Madden, Mao, and Burnette in 4:19.60.

“I had shoulder surgery last year, so a lot of these meets recently have been regaining my confidence, so in that race, I wanted to prove to myself I could do it and beat my time in my 100 free that I swam earlier,” Koehl said.

This week, Freedom will host Allentown Central Catholic on Thursday.