Freedom High School's competition cheerleading squad won the silver medal in the large division at the District XI Cheerleading Competition on Saturday at Easton Area Middle School.
The Patriots' second-place victory earned them the right to compete at the PIAA State Cheerleading Competition on Feb. 2 in Hershey, Pa.
"I'm very proud of them. I think they rose to the challenge and did an excellent job. Nothing pleases me more than when they look like they're having fun out there," said Freedom cheerleading coach Alicia Zito.
Like the Liberty boys swim team, the Liberty girls were hoping for an eight-lane meet against Nazareth last week, but in spite of it all, the Hurricanes landed on top, 123-61 last Thursday.
Emily Cecchini, Anita Kundla, Rachel Rider, and Maggie Olock opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay in 1:58.69.
Olock said, "Swimming last is more fun. First is harder because you have to set the pace of the team."
In individual events, Jocelyn Baker won the 200 free in 2:03.91 and the 500 free in 5:24.88.
Liberty's senior night resulted in a 52-34 victory over Emmaus last Tuesday.
After a 21-16 Hurricane lead at the half, the Hornets threatened in the third quarter, pressing on defense and pulling to within one point.
"I think they played really good defense the whole game, but our guards handled it well," said senior, Maggie Zerbe, who had ten points on the night.
Freedom's girls swimming team was defeated by Easton, 56-46, last week, but not without a fight.
"There were a lot of little things in that meet, a lot of [close races]," said Patriot captain, Molly Magnan.
The Red Rovers opened the meet with a victory in the 200 medley relay, and the Patriots placed second. Easton also won the 200 free relay with Freedom close behind, but in the third and final relay, Shannon Howell, Brooke Munion, Carly DelFranco, and Helen Hsu combined to outswim Easton in the 400 free relay in 3:43.56.
Freedom's boys swim team scored another victory last week with a 64-37 win over Easton.
"We're one of the least deep teams, but to have the record we have and do what we do is really amazing," said Freedom's Peter Conzola.
The Patriot boys have only two losses to swimming powerhouses Parkland and Emmaus.
In Freedom's meet against Easton, Scott DelFranco, Eric Lawrence, Conzola, and Connor Harrigan began with a first place finish in the 200 medley relay in 1:47.30.
One of the goals for the Freedom Patriots this season is to improve on last year's record of four wins, and with back-to-back victories last week, the Patriots are on their way.
Freedom defeated Northampton, 41-35, last Tuesday, and Wilson, 41-28, last Thursday.
"We kind of came out slow [against Northampton], but we knew it was our game," said Freedom guard, Brenna Dosedlo.
The Patriots came back from an 18-13 deficit at halftime, scoring 14 points in the third quarter and 14 more in the fourth.
Liberty's girls swimmers scored two victories last week, 146-39 over Allen, and 111-58 over Northampton. Their record improved to 5-0 in the LVC, 8-0 overall.
The Canes won all events against Allen.
Lydia Csatari, Shannon Hogan, Laura Parks, and Grace Walters won the 200 medley relay in 2:08.94.
Emily Cecchini was first in the 200 free in 2:09.30, and the 100 breast in 1:16.07, Madison Sauers took first in the 200 IM in 2:22.92, and Jocelyn Baker won the 50 free in 26.96, and the 100 free in 58.21.
Victoria Carter won diving with 180.05 points.
Liberty's boys swimming team won two victories last week, defeating Allen, 127-56, and Northampton, 104-63.
Their record improved to 5-0 in the LVC, 8-0 overall.
Individual event winners for the Hurricanes against the Canaries were Sean Vannata in the 200 free in 2:06.24, and the 100 butterfly in 1:00.14, Matt Buell in the 200 IM in 2:18.25, Brandon Merkert in the 100 free in 54.04, Alex Medellin in the 100 backstroke in 1:08.15, and Nolan Vannata in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12.68.
Liberty divers, Brenna McCornac, Victoria Carter, and Rachel Steiner, placed in the top ten at the Lehigh Valley Conference Diving Meet on Jan. 12 at Emmaus High School.
Liberty/Freedom diving coach Jeff Zettlemoyer said, "They really dove well. I'm proud of them. Kaycee too."
Freedom diver, Kaycee Stoudt, placed 11th with 272.90 points.
McCornac, who was in fourth place for most of the eleven-dive meet, finished in fifth place with 323.15 points.
"I was shocked," said McCornac, having done better than she expected.
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.