Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

LHS swimmers try to make up for losses

Thursday, December 6, 2018 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Liberty’s swimming team will have a smaller look this year, having graduated many seniors last year, but coach Reik Foust is very excited about the incoming freshmen and sophomores for the 2018-2019 season.

“The girls’ team is fun to work with because everybody is trying to make everyone else better,” Foust said.

Returning for the Hurricane girls are Kay Wetmore, Greta Stuckey, Natalie Richardson, Samantha Taylor, Abby Mack, Emma Reilly, Jackie Baker, and Molly Gray, to name a few.

Numbers on the girls’ team are stable, but numbers on the boys’ team are only in the twenties.

Foust will be looking to district champion Jake Evert to cover in some areas where the Hurricane boys may not have as much strength as last year that they had with the quartet of Evert, Robert Negron, Chris Chambers, and Jase Smith.

“Jake can swim everything and he can swim them really well,” said Foust. “He’s obviously fantastic in the free, and I think his 200 is his best, but he hasn’t bought into that yet. He has set some lofty goals for himself, not as in place, but he put a time on it, and he has to work to get it.”

Foust will also look to Sam Capwell, Danny Lader, and Ben Service, who Foust said swam a great summer at Northwest Swim Club, for strong swims on the boys’ side.

“Northampton should be good, and Nazareth should be good. Freedom has a new coach, and I think she’ll do well there. And Parkland and Emmaus always come up with good teams,” Foust said.

In fact, Liberty and Parkland have not competed against each other in a couple of years, but that changes when the Hurricanes host the Trojans on Dec. 11.

“With the first meets of the year, you really don’t know what anybody has,” said Foust, “but you can research stuff from last year and expect those swimmers to come back.”