Freedom swimmers Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell took first place in the 200 medley relay in 1:48.70 at the District XI Swimming Championships last weekend, and that was only the beginning for the Patriots.
In individual events, Hsu won the 100 free in 51.91.
Freedom coach Reik Foust said, "It was her mind-blowing speed. It's always impressive to win a district event, and she also broke a school record. In the medley relay, she had the second fastest time in the breaststroke."
Liberty and Freedom had four divers in the top ten at the District 11 Diving Championships on Feb. 23 at Emmaus High School.
Liberty diver, Brenna McCornac, took fifth place with a score of 325.55. Freedom diver, Kaycee Stoudt, took seventh place with a score of 307.00. McCornac's teammates, Victoria Carter, Rachel Steiner, and Rachel Finn placed eighth, ninth, and 14th respectively.
"It's the best I've done all season," said Stoudt.
Bethlehem Catholic wasn't taking any chances in its 60-41 district quarterfinal victory over Palmerton on Saturday at Catasauqua High School.
A starting line-up change from the LVC semifinal and full-court pressure from the start propelled the Hawks to an early 11-2 lead.
"In pressure defense, Jordynn Jones is more similar to Janelle [Robinson]. She's quick and fast and strong, and her athleticism will get her through that," said Becahi coach Bill Lanscek.
Jones, a freshman, replaced Robinson, a junior, who is injured.
Liberty's run in district playoffs came to an end last week, but not without a fight, before the Hurricanes fell to Nazareth, 48-42.
In the fourth quarter of the district quarterfinal at Allen High School, the Hurricanes pulled to within two points of the Blue Eagles three times, but Nazareth had an answer for each attempt.
Nazareth's Kassie Behler and Morgan Calabrese had back-to-back three pointers, and Behler and Lennon Kramer made six foul shots in the final minute of the game.
Bethlehem Catholic's varsity competition cheerleading squad recently returned from the 2013 National High School Cheerleading Championships in Orlando, Fl., ending the 2012-2013 competition season for the Hawks.
"Our main goals were to score 30 or higher in the cheer and to get to semifinals, which we did," said Becahi captain, Ali Wildman.
Out of 42 teams representing 13 states, the Hawks placed 18th.
"I am so proud of the team," said Becahi cheerleading coach Brenda Michalska.
Liberty diver, Rachel Steiner, took fourth place at the LVC Diving Meet on Feb. 16 at Parkland High School.
The Hurricane junior scored 335.80 points at the eleven-dive meet.
"I definitely came into it expecting the best from the other girls, so I did better," said Steiner, who had placed eighth at an eleven-dive meet in January.
Steiner said her best dive on Feb. 16 was her inward dive pike.
"I got really good scores on it. My back dive also gets good scores. I try to get a five or above," Steiner said.
Steiner had some difficulty with her front double.
Freedom swimming coach Reik Foust was looking forward to Valentine's Day, almost since the start of the high school swim season, but not for the reason you may think.
This Valentine's Day would be the first time that father and son swim coaches would go head-to-head in one of the biggest, yet friendliest, rivalry meets in the Lehigh Valley: Freedom versus Liberty.
In the boys meet, the Patriots landed on top, 99-86 over the Hurricanes.
Depth was the key to Liberty's girls Valentine's Day victory over neighboring rival Freedom, as the Hurricanes defeated the Patriots 98-87 in their final regular season swim meet.
Adding to the love of one of the friendliest rivalry meets in high school sports was the father-son coaching rivalry of Liberty and Freedom, respectively.
Competing against his son for the first time, Liberty coach Reik Foust said, "I wanted to win everything: every event and both meets [girls and boys]. There were some really close races, and it was high energy."
The Freedom Patriots ended their season with a record of 8-14 under new head coach Ron Garza, doubling their wins from the previous season.
"If we ended better than we started- that was our ultimate goal. We got a late start, considering I was hired mid to late October, but the kids got better, and the team got better. What more can you ask for? I think we had an awesome season," Garza said.
The Parkland Trojans handed Liberty's girls swim team its first loss this season, 105-81, last week.
"We kind of knew if they swam us in an eight-lane pool, we could win, but since it was a six-lane, we were hoping," said Liberty captain, Maggie Olock.
Olock was the only first-place finisher in individual events for the Hurrricanes, winning the 50 free in 25.43.
"I just swam my race. It's not my best time, but it's one of my better ones, so I did what I could," she said.