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February 19. 2013 10:17PM
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Brian Stepniak, Marcus Wagner and Jack Matusiak all played prominent roles when Dallas won the District 2 Class AA boys swimming championship last season and the three seniors are back to lead the Mountaineers this season.

Stepniak was part of two district championship relay teams while finishing second in the 100 backstroke and seventh in the 50 freestyle.

Wagner won the district title in the 500 freestyle.

Matusiak was third in the 100 individual medley and fourth in the 100 breaststroke.

All three showed they are ready for this season when they had the maximum four wins Dec. 7 in an impressive, season-opening, 109-74 win at Abington Heights. Each won two individual events while taking part in the winning 200 and 400-freestyle relays.

Wagner's wins came in the 200 and 500 freestyle, Matusiak's in the 200 IM and 100 butterfly and Stepniak's in the 50 and 100 freestyle.

Marcus will be in the 200 and 500, but Jack and Brian will probably mix things up from time to time, Dallas coach Romayne Mosier said.

The ability of Matusiak and Stepniak to swim multiple events gives Mosier flexibility in the lineup.

The Mountaineers also get a boost from the return of other experienced swimmers.

Senior Grant Luksic was fifth in the 200 IM and sixth in the 100 breaststroke in the district meet while junior Patrick Gelso was seventh in the 500 freestyle.

Promising freshman Porter Luksic and sophomores Reid Luksic and Ezra Moore all added individual wins in the opener. Porter Luksic also had two second-place finishes against Abington Heights.

Mosier expects junior Patrick Madaya to contribute as a diver.

Both Dallas teams went 5-2 in the Southern Division to finish third out of eight teams last season.

The Dallas girls, also coached by Mosier, were third out of 16 in Class AA at the district championships.

The Lady Mountaineers fell 110-66 against Abington Heights in the opener, which does not count in division standings.

Sophomore Kaylin Augustine won in the 100 fly and 100 backstroke while junior Abby Berger won the 500 freestyle.

Augustine had several multiple-win efforts in dual meets last year as a freshman.

She's a real standout, Mosier said. Kaylin's going to be very versatile for us.

Berger and sophomore Amanda Schwertdman should make Dallas strong in the distance events.

Junior Nell Adams, who was part of a third-place 200 freestyle relay team in the district meet, and sophomore Sarah Fasulka are among the other returnees.

Mosier said Joy Nave is a hard-working freshman who has a chance to make an impact on the team.

Dallas swept both meets Tuesday when it defeated Tunkhannock, 109-74 in boys and 103-80 in girls.

Marcus Wagner, who set a pool record, and Brian Stepniak each won two individual and two relay events. Wagner won the 200 and 500 free. Stepniak won the 50 free and 100 free.

Matusiak, who won the 100 butterfly, and Porter Luksic were each on two winning relays. Madaya won diving and Reid Luksic won the 100 breast. Augustine won the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke and was part of the winning 400 freestyle relay team for the girls. Adams won the 100 freestyle and was on the relay win. Megan Parsons the 50 freestyle and Kendra Vanesko diving.

Berger and Amanda Lopez were also on the winning relay team.

The division portion of the schedule begins with a meet at Holy Redeemer Jan. 3.

Promising freshman Porter Luksic and sophomores Reid Luksic and Ezra Moore all added individual wins in the opener. Porter Luksic also had two second-place finishes against Abington Heights.

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