Williamsport’s winter sport athletes make history

Williamsport’s winter sport athletes make history

As the winter sports season comes to an end, the student athletes have lots to be proud of. Both boys and girls basketball teams made it to the postseason. The girls team advanced to the district championship game against rival Hazleton. They lost a tough battle 41-48. During the regular season, senior Jada Whaley scored her 1,000 point, with a three pointer early in a game against North Schuylkill, making her one of three WAHS 1,000 point-scorers in the past decade.

The mens and womens swimming and diving teams had a phenomenal showing at the district meet. The teams broke several school and district records.

The girls’ 400 Free Relay team (Mallory Pardoe, Lisa Dinicola, Isabelle Griswold and Lydia Smith) smashed both the district and school records by nearly three and six seconds, respectively.

“We are always racing ourselves at districts. No other school is ever close,” said Isabelle Griswold, sophomore. “Our goal each year is to move up in places and drop time. Ultimately, our goal is to make it to the finals. We will probably have to drop three seconds off our time to make it this year.”

“Going into my freshman season I was very nervous,” said Mallory Pardoe, freshman, “but after a week with my team and coaches, we made a bond that changed my perspective to one of excitement towards the season.”

At districts, Pardoe defeated last year’s returning champion in the 100 Fly, and beat the school record by over two seconds while also setting a new district record. Freshman Ellie Fisher also set a new school record in the 100 Breaststroke. Sophomore Amy Jarvis took third in the 500 Free at districts.

“I started off too fast. My goal for states is to pace myself better and have fun.” “It was an honor to swim with such amazing and hard-working people,” Lydia Smith said. “I am so proud of everyone on the team.”

The boys qualified a 400 Free Relay team, also. Sophomore Jack Beattie is looking forward to states. “We are going to go out and have fun as a team.” Nathan Bonislawski, Matt Beard, and Sam Hillman round out the relay team.

Sophomore Tre Taylor is new to diving this year. He always loved doing flips growing up, and this year he finally discovered a school sport that allowed him to do it competitively. Taylor qualified 15 dives during the season; however, he is only allowed to choose 11 for states.

“I’m probably going to come in as an underdog, but I’m not planning on leaving as one,” Taylor said.

The wrestling team also had a tremendous season. Ten wrestlers made it out of districts to qualify for regionals. Riley Bower, Braden Bower and Anthony Robinson took first at districts. Carter Dawson took second and Charles Crew finished third. Owen Mahon, Roman Morrone, Dade Splain, Austin Stuggart and Ethan Williamson also advanced.

Braden Bower and Anthony Robinson both finished in the top three at Regionals and advanced to the state competition in Hershey.

It was the first time in four years Williamsport had a wrestler qualify for states, and the first time since 1995 that the team sent more than one qualifier to the state tournament.

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