Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Bell heads list of FHS swimmers

Friday, November 30, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

High school swimming season is set to begin next month and for the Freedom Patriots, it will begin with new head coach Melissa Baer at the Cedar Crest Classic on Dec. 8.

Key returners for the Patriots will be district champ and senior Al Bell, senior Jared Franges, and sophomores Abby Burnette and Danny Connel.

Freshman Andrew Ehret will also be one to watch.

“We have many new swimmers and return swimmers that never competed in anything other than relays or freestyle events, so I’m working on developing well-rounded swimmers so that we can have swimmers in the 200 IM, 100 fly, and 100 breast,” said Baer. “It really is about managing your time spent and teaching skills and technique to all team members.”

Baer believes the boys’ team will be strong with a large senior class and a few talented freshmen with great potential.

Leading the way will be Bell who won district gold last year in the 200 free.

“I see great things coming down the road,” Baer said. “Al will be competing at Junior Nationals in December. After he comes back, we will turn our focus on where he is in the district and in the state. Al set some goals, including breaking all of Freedom’s records, so he will be competing in all events to give him the opportunity to meet his goal.”

One thing the Patriots are missing is male divers, but Baer will be looking to fill that roster over the next year.

Another of Baer’s goals will be to qualify more swimmers for districts.

Freedom’s season opener is scheduled for Dec. 11 at Dieruff.