Bethlehem Catholic High School's varsity cheerleading squad won a bid to nationals last month at the Northeast Regional Cheerleading Competition at Kutztown University.
Becahi cheerleading captain, Lauren Rebovich, said, "It was the best feeling in the world. Everyone was jumping. It was the greatest feeling."
Adding to the intensity of the moment was the Hawks' uncertainty as they waited for the bid announcement.
Liberty's boys second swim meet in two days resulted in a 71-30 victory over Easton last Thursday.
"With the Whitehall meet [the day before], we tried to rest people out because we thought Easton would be tougher. I thought it was going to be a lot closer because of their four-lane pool. We physically win meets by numbers," said Hurricane junior, Evan Smith.
Liberty's Sean Vannata, Nolan Vannata, Reid Rossi, and Jacob Jones opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.04.
Still riding high from a first-time-in-a-long-time victory over Parkland, Liberty's boys swimming team defeated Whitehall 183-87 last Wednesday.
"It was awesome," said Hurricane senior, Sean Vannata, regarding the victory over the Trojans. "We went in knowing we could stand a chance, so we said, let's swim our hardest and see where it goes. After going one and two in the medley relay, we knew we stood a chance."
The Hurricanes carried that momentum with them in their meet against the Zephyrs.
Liberty's girls swim team suffered its second loss of the season, defeated by Easton 60-42 last Thursday.
Hurricane sophomore, Jocelyn Baker, said, "We were watching the score pretty much the whole time. Right from the beginning, we were behind, but we were trying to win as many races as we could to keep up."
Baker won the 500 free in 5:28.26. Easton's Jordan Miers placed second, and Liberty's Shannon Hogan came in third.
"It was close between second and third," Baker said.
Liberty High School graduate and Cedar Crest College freshman, Maggie Olock, was named the swimmer of the week, twice, for the North Eastern Athletic Conference this year.
Olock is currently 15-0 in individual events, holds four individual records, and is part of every relay record for the Falcons.
Most recently, Cedar Crest competed in the Drew University Invitational in Madison, N.J., where Olock took first place in the 100 free in 55.54, the 50 free in 25.19, and the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.22.
The Falcons placed fourth in the invitational, overall.
Liberty's girls swimming team scored its second victory of the season with a 203-103 win over Whitehall last Wednesday.
The Hurricanes took first place in every event except the 100 butterfly and the 400 free relay, and had 1-2-3 finishes in the 200 IM, 50 free, 100 free, and 100 backstroke.
The Hurricanes opened the meet with a 200 medley relay victory as Emily Cecchini, Julia McCarthy, Kayla Drago, and Anita Kundu swam to a first place finish in 1:56.45.
After a seven point deficit in the first quarter, the Liberty Hurricanes worked their way back to a 44-39 victory over Easton last Wednesday.
"We were forcing shots, not passing the ball a lot, and not really doing well on the defensive end [in the first quarter]," said Liberty forward/guard, Nicole Amann.
"I remember our coach [Becky Soto] telling us we weren't playing the way we should be. We're too athletic to be letting them beat us," Amann said.
The Hurricanes' game against the Red Rovers was their first without senior starter, Kali Shumock, who is injured.
Liberty diver, Rachel Steiner, surprised herself with a first place victory during the Hurricanes' swimming and diving meet against Parkland.
In fact, Steiner's score of 178.20 left plenty of room between her and Parkland's Maddy Hain.
"I wasn't expecting it at all, actually. She usually beats me in most meets, so it was a really good feeling," Steiner said.
Although Liberty diving coach, Jeff Zettlemoyer, believed that Steiner would beat Hain, the Hurricane senior was unhappy with herself at the time.
"I wasn't getting as high scores as I should have," she said.
Liberty High School's boys swimming team broke a 27-year losing streak to Parkland, and defeated the Trojans 104-82 on Dec. 12, at Parkland High School.
"We were very excited to beat them. We felt like this was going to be the year to beat them because their boys took a hit this year," said Liberty junior, Jacob Jones.
The Hurricane boys led off with a win in the 200 medley relay. Sean Vannata, Nolan Vannata, Reid Rossi, and Jones placed first in 1:45.80.
"At the time I dove in, we were basically going to win," Jones said.
A three-point shot by Bethlehem Catholic's Nia Mims in the fourth quarter was the boost the Hawks needed to all but guarantee their ultimate 58-47 victory over Liberty last Friday night.
"It felt so invigorating, just having helped my team," Mims said.
Minutes later, Mims hit two foul shots to widen Becahi's lead.
"I was thinking I need to make these," she said.
Although the Hurricanes led by one point after the first quarter, Becahi's Jordynn Jones was able to force a turnover early in the second quarter, and the Hawks scored back-to-back buckets.