WAHS swimmers and divers advance to states

from left: Sydney Kelley, Kendall Cohick, Molly Garrison, and Aubrey Glosser.

from left: Sydney Kelley, Kendall Cohick, Molly Garrison, and Aubrey Glosser.

Elise Berthold

The Williamsport High School swimming and diving teams had very successful seasons this year. The boys finished with a 15-2 record and the girls were 14-3. The teams finished the regular season with wins against Central Mountain and Towanda.

Then, the teams began their two-week preparation for districts. The teams engaged in annual traditions including a team breakfast and dying each other’s hair red for school spirit. Districts were held March 3-4 in Wilkes-Barre where the swimmers and divers competed against twelve other teams. Both the boys and girls teams had great success and had athletes advance to states.

On the girls’ side, Aubrey Glosser, Sydney Kelley, Kendall Cohick, Molly Garrison, and Lindie Peters all advanced.  Peters is the sole diver of the group. The team of Kelley, Glosser, Cohick and Garrison qualified for 200 and 400 free relays. Kelley also qualified for the 100 and 200 individual freestyle events. In fact, Kelley broke her own 200 free record at districts to advance to the state meet. Kelley said she was really excited to go to states. “It’s very competitive, but you knew that you looked up to the people you are swimming against.”

Cohick will also compete in two individual events aside from the relays, the 100 back and 100 fly. Glosser will also compete individually in the 500 free.

On the boys’ side, Keller Griswold and Cal Hockman will compete in individual events, Hockman in the 1oo back and Griswold in the 100 fly.

Hockman and Griswold will join teammates Parker Johnson and Jaden Rankinen in the 200 medley relay. The team of Hockman, Griswold, Allamarus, and Rankinen will compete in the 400 free relay.

“I was super excited [and] my adrenaline was rushing when I found out I qualified for states,” Johnson recalled.