High School Swimming: Dallas, Wyoming Valley West split meet on Feb. 3

By Tom Robinson - For Dallas Post | February 4th, 2016 9:05 am

Dallas girls triumph, WVW boys earn win

By Tom Robinson

For Dallas Post

DALLAS TWP. — The Dallas and Wyoming Valley West swimming teams brought out their best for Wednesday’s meets at the Dallas Middle School.

The teams combined to set six new pool records while all but deciding this season’s Wyoming Valley Conference championships.

Both titles are likely to be a repeat of last season after Wednesday’s results.

Dallas clinched at least a tie for the girls championship by turning back second-place Wyoming Valley West, 101-85.

Wyoming Valley West boys won the meeting of the WVC’s last two unbeatens, 103-67.

Abby Zolner and Annalise Cheshire led the way, each winning two individual events and two relays as the Dallas girls improved to 10-0 and opened a 2 ½-meet lead on Wyoming Valley West, Tunkhannock and Wyoming Seminary (all 7-2) with only two meets left for the Mountaineers.

Zolner set a school record in the 500-yard freestyle in 5:31.20, then joined Cheshire, Melinda Ratchford and Lauren Finnegan for a pool record 3:45.17 in the closing 400 freestyle relay.

Wyoming Valley West took an early lead by winning the first two events, but Dallas won eight of the 10 that were left to rally for the win.

Alexis Ivanitch was part of the opening 200 medley relay win and also set a pool record of 1:07.56 in the 100 breaststroke to lead Wyoming Valley West.

Zolner added a win in the 200 individual medley.

Cheshire won the 50 and 100 freestyles.

The same combination won both freestyle relays for Dallas.

Madison Hurst won the 100 backstroke and Maddy Ross led a sweep of the top three places in diving for the Mountaineers.

Jared Krawetz gave Dallas (7-1) its only wins in the boys meet, taking the 50 and 100 frees.

Wyoming Valley West improved to 7-0 while breaking four pool records.

Logan Fluegel set a record in the 100 butterfly and was part of record efforts in the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

Zac Rosencrans, who was on the 200 medley relay team, set a mark in the 100 breaststroke.

Fluegel won two individual events and two relays.

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