Williamsport’s DiNicola, Wellsboro’s Warner join Lyco swimming

An accomplished group of nine swimmers will give the Lycoming College swim teams an immediate dash of depth when it jumps into the pool to begin the 2020-21 season under third-year coach Matt McGuriman.

The men add three butterfly specialists, two backstroke specialists and two breaststroke specialists. The women add two butterfly specialists, a backstroker and three have solid experience in freestyle events.

The team features two local swimmers in Williamsport grad Elisa DiNicola (fly, free) and Wellsboro grad Brennan Warner (breast, free)

DiNicola was a four-time district qualifier and two-time state qualifier wtih the Millionaires and in total had nine district medals. She took third in the 100 fly as a junior and helped Williamsport’s 400 free relay team her junior year set a district record (3:40.37).

Warner earned two all-region accolades and was a four-time district qualifier. He finished fifth in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 breast as a senior and was a fifth-place finisher in the 100 breast as a junior.

Carter Branigan (fly, back) finished sixth in the 200 back (1:59.78) and seventh in the 200 fly (2:00.08) at the YMCA East District Championships in 2020. He has a career-best time of 53.24 in the 100 back and a career-best 2:05.54 in the 200 IM.

Reilly Gluz (fly free) spent one season at Wheaton College and competed in the 500 free, 100 fly and 200 fly at the NEWMAC Championships. He earned two letters in swimming at Williston Northampton in Lansdowne.

Alex Sideris (fly, breast) was a three-year letterwinner at Wamogo Regional in Connecticut and took third at the league championships in the 100 breast as a junior. Sideris also competed on the 200 medley relay team at the state meet as a sophomore.

C.J. Zortman (breast, free) was a four-time district qualifier at York Suburban and helped his 200 medley relay team take second at the league championships as a senior and sophomore.

Courtney Chapman (fly, free) was a four-year letterwinner at William Tennent and took 10th in the league championships in the 100 fly and ninth in the 500 free as a senior in Warminister.

Ruth Kauffman (back/free) was a three-time district qualifier and two-time regional qualifier in Florida and finished district runner-up in the 200 free and fifth in the 100 back as a senior. She also competed with the South Florida Aquatic Club.

Sarah Loucks (free) was a four-year letterwinner in volleyball and lettered one year in tennis at Penn Yan.


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