Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

FHS girl divers return, but currently no boys team

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by katie mcdonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom’s diving team, coached by Lisa Young, will return sophomore Sarah Gill and junior Fallon Tatlow, and will welcome sophomore Cailin Connelly and freshman Lillian Peterson.

The Patriots do not have a boys’ diving team this season, but that does not mean they have stopped looking for male divers.

In the meantime, Young is looking forward to Gill and Tatlow’s season, showing improvement from last year, and the potential of Connelly and Peterson.

“This weekend will be a good test,” said Young, referring to the Patriots’ participation in the Cedar Crest Classic scheduled for Dec. 8.

“Sarah and Fallon have 11 dives, and Cailin got all the categories and she has six,” Young said. “Cailin swims too, and she has no diving experience, but she works very hard, and she is the first one at practice every day.”

Tatlow, who had a foot injury for much of last season, is fully recovered and ready to go.

“Consistency is her biggest thing,” said Young. “We’re upgrading Sarah’s difficulty and making her more consistent too.”

Young is hoping Gill will be able to break into a top five where Parkland has four strong divers all ready.

“One disadvantage to the sport of diving itself is that our divers will only be competing in six dual meets,” Young said.

That’s because several of the high school swim teams do not have diving as part of their program, including all of the Pocono teams. So even though the Patriots will dive at home meets, even when their opponent has no divers, there will be no competition, which changes the dynamic.

Still, Young is looking forward to good things from all the Patriot divers and hoping there will be more interest from possible male divers at Freedom.