Millionaires are young, but have experience in districts

MARK NANCE/Sun-Gazette Williamsport’s Jack Beattie competes during a meet at Williamsport High School this past January against Jersey Shore.

Don’t think that just because a few of Williamsport’s swimmers last year in the District 2 championships were freshman means that they were simply in awe of being in districts.

There may have been some nerves last year being in districts for the first time, but for those freshmen from last year, they paid attention to who they swam against and now, a year later, they know what to expect when they hop into the pool against their competition.

Lydia Smith and Matt Beard were both freshman last year and both placed second and third, respectively, in districts in 50 free. And now as sophomores, they’re among a handful of Williamsport swimmers looking to be on the podium.

Williamsport will compete in the District 2 swimming championships for the two-day event on Friday and Saturday at the Wilkes-Barre CYC.

“Some of swimmers know exactly who they need to beat and who competition will be based on last year, and that’s huge to take that into the meet,” first-year Williamsport swim coach Nick Hessert said. “Some of them remind themselves daily what they’re after and who their competition is.”

Williamsport has plenty returning from last year’s district meet.

On the girls side, Elisa Dinicola and Annie Rosenow were on the 200 medley relay team that placed fourth and Ella Meckley placed sixth in the 200 free.

As a freshman, Smith took second in the 50 free last year and Rosenow placed fifth. Smith also took fourth in the 100 free, DiNicola was fourth in the 500 free and Zoey Harding was 12th as a freshman in the 100 fly.

On the boys side, Beard took third in the 50 free in addition to fourth in the 100 free and was part of last year’s second-place 200 relay team alongside Josh Bonislawski, who also took seventh in the 200 IM and third in the 100 breast.

Justin Downs took seventh in the 100 fly last season and Quinn Serfass had a second-place finish in the 500 free and fourth in the 200 free.

Needless to say, Williamsport has the experience of being in districts and is hoping its swimmers can earn some medals.

“On the guys side we have some returning key players: Matt Beard, Josh Bonislawski, Justin Downs, being just a few of those. So I’m looking for good performances by them,” Hessert said. “Girls side also expecting good performances from Lydia Smith, Isabelle Griswold, Elisa DiNicola and Ceci Fink.”

The Millionaires have had success throughout the year in the pool on both the boys and girls side and it’s something Hessert feels can help transition into districts.

“I think we’re looking good. If I could use a word for this season it’d be transition for our program,” Hessert said. “The girls, they have a strong relay last year that’s returning and is in better condition than last year.

“I think big thing for our program this year is just the number of young swimmers that have returned to swimming or just new swimmers in general,” Hessert added. “It’s a very heavy team on the freshman and sophomore side of things. They’re key players for what we have going on here.”

In total, the Millionaires have 29 swimmers that will be competing.

The diving competition took place this past Saturday. Madison Marchese, who placed seventh last year at districts, earned a third-place finish with a score of 329.10. Lila Vogelsong placed eighth and Mia Jones was ninth.

In boys diving this past weekend, Williamsport’s Jack Beattie was second wtih a score of 334.45 and Cody Shope was sixth.

WILLIAMSPORT SWIMMERS

Evan Barone; Matt Beard; Jack Beattie; Josh Bonislawski; Justin Downs; Matt Getgen; Sam Hillman; Riley Hockman; Logan Nieto; Zachary Schwoyer; Quinn Serfass; Devin Shank; Cody Shope; Cody Spiegel; Alex Zicolello; Elisa DiNicola; Ceci Sink; Isabelle Griswold; Zoey Harding; Ella Meckley; Elisabeth Mendez; Kaida Muise; Annie Rosenow; Lydia Smith; Mia Trump; Sara Waltz; Madison Marchese; Lila Vogelsong; Megan Kendall

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