Wallenpaupack Area teams swim to wins in the varsity pool
The Wallenpaupack Area swim program enjoyed successes last week.
Although the gents suffered a hard fought 96-78 loss to Scranton on Jan.25, the ladies prevailed by a 118-58 margin.
Both squads, however, were able to tally wins against Holy Cross earlier in the week as they honored senior class members at a meet held at Marywood University.
Prior to taking to the lanes in the Pacers pool, the Buckhorns took a moment to hail the dozen team members who will be departing the squad following this season.
Many of them are four-year veterans and have not only watched the program grow during their time, but have contributed greatly to its continued development.
Stephen Torres is a two-year swim team veteran and has also run cross-country and been on the track and field team.
He finished in 9th place at the Future Business Leaders of America national competition and is also involved with the National Honor Society, Rachel’s Challenge, and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Stephen will be attending Marywood University where he will double-major in athletic training and exercise science. He plans to continue his track and cross-country career.
Emma Winagle has been a member of the swim team for four years. She is also a member of the jazz band, wind ensemble, pit orchestra, the marching band, and the National Honor Society.
Emma plans to pursue a degree in fine arts.
Kellyo Keane has been a member of the swim team for two seasons and she has also swam for the Lake Adventure Dolphins in the Pocono Mountain Summer Swim League.
She has run for the cross country team; played basketball; and has been a member of the track and field team since freshman year and has lettered in each sport.
She has been member of the Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America for three years; the athletic council for two years; and Rachel’s Challenge for one year.
She has also earned the Silver Scholar Award.
Kellyo plans to attend a four-year university to study athletic training and hopes to continue both swimming and participating in track and field at the collegiate level.
Elijah Rutt has swam for four years with the Buckhorns. He has earned the Silver Scholar Award and is a member of the WAHS Players and stage crew.
In the fall, he will attend Bloomsburg to major in computer science.
“It’s amazing to see how our program has grown without a pool,” Elijah said.
“I have made friends that will honestly stick around for a while, and I’m excited to see where this season leads us.”
A two-year veteran of the swim team, Jenny Langan has also played field hockey for four years and has been a member of the track team for three seasons.
She is a four-year member of the National Honor Society and has earned the Gold Scholar Award four times; has been involved with Volunteers of Paupack, FBLA, and Skills USA where she was a state qualifier in the Health Knowledge Bowl.
Next fall, Jenny plans to study either nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.
Swimming with the Purple & White for three seasons is Charles Brinsfield. He has also swum with the team from Wallenpaupack Lake Estates for two years and has been with the Buckhorns Track and Field team for one year.
He is a high honors student and a member of the chess club as well as the WAHS News team.
Charles would like to study computer engineering or computer science at an Ivy League college.
Claire Carfora is a two-year veteran of the swim team; and has played soccer and been a member of the track team for four years each.
She was one of the soccer team captains and was named to the Lackawanna League All-Star First Team during her junior and senior years as well as Scranton Times All-Region team for 2017.
She has attained both Gold and Silver Scholar Awards; is in the National Honor Society; has been a member of SADD and FBLA; and has been a volunteer with Special Olympics skiing.
Claire plans to attend Duquesne where she will study pharmacy.
Rebeca Pizzo has been a member of the swim team for three seasons and has played soccer and softball for four years.
As a sophomore and junior she was named to the Lackawanna League All-Star team for softball.
She has earned the Silver Award at Scholar Night three time; has been a member of the Debate Team; SADD; placed 4th at the FBLA state competition; been a peer helper; and volunteered in many community softball clinics and blood drives.
Rebecca plans to attend Mansfield to study criminal justice as well as continue her softball career.
A two-year member of the swim team, Stephen Kober has also swum with the Lake Adventure Dolphins for one season.
He has ran cross-country and been a member of the track and field teams as well. He has participated in FBLA and is a member of the National Honor Society.
At Misericordia University, Stephen plans to study Physical Therapy. He hopes to continue running cross country and track for the Cougars.
Swimming for her fourth year, Kayla Waszak has also lettered three times. She has also played soccer and has been on the track and field team.
She has been a member of the art club and Rachel’s Challenge.
Kayla plans to attend college and pursue a career in cardiac sonography.
Finally, Shannon Sarro has been with the swim team for four years. She has also played soccer since freshman season and has been on the track and field team for one year.
She has received the Silver Scholar Award for three years; is a member of the National Honor Society, been a member of the Yearbook Club; a peer helper; and a volunteer coach with the local youth swimming league.
She plans to attend a four-year college next fall.
“For being an individual sport, we still somehow come together as a team and a family to work towards a common goal,” Sarro said.
“I’d like to thank everyone for the last four years and the amazing experience it brought.”
As of the close of last week, the 5-1 Lady Bucks were in third place behind Abington Heights and Scranton Prep, each tied at 6-0.
The boys were 2-3 and resting in fifth. The girls have a chance to strike a serious blow to Prep on Feb.2 and will close versus West Scranton on Feb.16.
While upsetting the Cavaliers will be a chore, the guys have a chance to score a win against the struggling Invaders.