New pool records were set last week at Freedom High School's Natatorium in the Patriots meet against Nazareth.
Scott DelFranco set a pool record in the 500 free in 4:51.81. Peter Conzola and Helen Hsu also set pool records in the 100 backstroke. Conzola's time was unavailable as of Press deadlines, but Hsu's time was 1:00.10. Shannon Howell set a pool record in the 500 free in 5:16.38.
Connor Harrigan, Sam Magnan, Eric Lawrence, and DelFranco combined for a pool record in the 400 free relay in 3:23.58.
January 8 was a night to remember for Bethlehem Catholic's girls basketball team as they defeated Central in grand style.
The Hawks' 45-23 victory last Tuesday marked their first win against the Vikings in 15 seasons, and, as Becahi guard, Janelle Robinson, described it, it was a statement game.
Last year, the Hawks were on the losing end to the Vikings three times. Some of those losses were tougher than others. One was controversial. But on Jan. 8, there was no doubt about which team reigned.
In a meet where every place mattered, the Freedom Patriot girls defeated the Southern Lehigh , 94-89, last Tuesday.
"It's a big meet. Last year we didn't perform as well as we wanted," said Freedom swimmer, Carly DelFranco, before the meet's conclusion.
Although the Patriots had their share of first places, second and third swum by Molly Magnan, Kelly Kopko, and Caitlin McCadden were just as important.
Magnan was third in the 50 free and second in the 100 free, Kopko placed second in the 100 breaststroke, and McCadden came in third in the 100 backstroke.
Scott DelFranco, Trevor Watlington, Peter Conzola, and Kyle Hanchick set the stage for Freedom's 120-60 victory over Southern Lehigh last week, winning the 200 medley relay in 1:48.08.
"I got us in a good lead, which led up to everyone's [pace]," said DelFranco.
DelFranco then won the 200 free in 1:50.35, and was second in the 100 back.
Patriot pride and determination is evident on the girls basketball team, as Freedom was victorious over Allen last week, 40-23.
Most noteably, the Patriots held the Canaries scoreless for the second quarter while scoring 11 points of their own.
"We just wanted to pick it up and get this win. We started hitting our plays and scoring more, and our defense was much better. We went from 3-2 to man, and that kind of mixed them up a little, and then we went 1-3-1, and they didn't have anything for that," said Freedom guard, Kelly Rosete.
Freedom's girls swim team swept all events in its 87-14 victory over Dieruff last Thursday.
Caitlin McCadden, Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, and Molly Magnan won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.91.
In the next girls' event, DelFranco won the 200 free in 2:02.15, and later, won the 100 butterfly in 1:04.56.
Rebecca Busby clinched the 200 IM in 2:32.62, and placed first in the 100 free in 1:03.71, and Brooke Munion swam to a first place finish in the 50 free in 26.56.
Liberty swimmers Sean Van Atta, Nolan Van Atta, Matt Buell, and Jacob Jones opened the boys meet against Central with a victory in the 200 medley relay, which led to a 108-58 win over the Vikings last week.
Sean Van Atta swam to a first place finish in the 200 IM in 2:16.75, and the 100 backstroke in 1:01.27.
Jones was also a double event winner, taking first place in the 50 free by a touch in 24.52, and the 100 free in 54.46.
After a shakey start in its game against Whitehall last Friday night, Liberty prevailed over the Zephyrs in overtime, 52-49.
Down 10-2 in the first quarter, the Hurricanes knew they needed to refocus quickly.
"We needed to focus on our defense, which would allow us to push the ball, and that's how we got a few fast breaks," said Liberty guard, Kali Shumock.
By the fourth quarter, the Hurricanes had a 43-35 lead, which was about to disappear thanks to nine straight points by the Zephyrs.
Liberty girl swimmers were victorious over Central last week, 130-47.
Emily Cecchini, Maggie Olock, Grace Walters, and Emma Williams won the 200 medley relay in 2:01.53.
Madison Sauers won two events, the 200 free in 2:04.43, and the 100 free in 57.98.
Jocelyn Baker placed first in the 200 IM in 2:21.01.
Baker said, "My time [in the 200 IM] was pretty good today. We've been training hard over Christmas break. We weren't really sure about Central. They've given us a hard time in the past, so we did the best we could."
Baker also won the 500 free in 5:24.98.
Freedom's swimmers scored two victories before the Christmas break when the Patriot girls defeated Whitehall, 100-83, and the Patriot boys also defeated the Zephyrs, 108-55.
Carly DelFranco, Helen Hsu, Brooke Munion, and Shannon Howell opened the meet with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:54.29.
Howell won the 200 free in 1:57.91 and the 100 free in 55.14. DelFranco was also a double event winner with victories in the 200 IM in 2:16.12, and the 100 backstroke in 1:02.31.