Elk Lake returning to pool

Elk Lake coach Ed Murach talks with team members on Friday at the start of the Warriors’ first swim practice of the seasons. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

BY KEVIN WOODRUFF

Elk Lake’s swimming and diving teams are diving in for another year of Wyoming Valley Conference action.

After finishing 2-5 on both the boys’ and girls’ sides, coach Ed Murach is hoping to pick up some more wins in the league.

The boys’ team lost three seniors in Hermelo Ramos, Juan Lopez and Luis Navarro, while girls’ team lost Alyssa Allis, Caroline Link and Makenzie Dearborn.

Once again this season Montrose athletes will be joining the Elk Lake team. 

Elk Lake’s Adam Phillips takes laps during the Warriors’ first official swim practice of the season on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

Returning to the boys’ team this season is Adam Phillips, who was a silver medalist at districts, along with Brad Grosvenor and Cody Mowry.

For the girls, seniors Chelsea Karabin and Megan Honeyford, along with juniors Abby Zdancewicz and Rina Nikolaidis will be getting back into the pool for the Warriors.

Murach said that the boy’s team this season is a small group, but he hopes the team can be competitive.

“We’re looking for some top 10 finishes at districts,” Murach said. “And I think Adam (Phillips) is going to be a favorite.”

Warrior Abby Zdancewicz practices at the Elk Lake pool on Friday afternoon. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

On the girls’ side, Murach said that it is hard to predict what the team will look like, given that they have many new members.

However, he said he expected Zdancewicz should have a strong season.

“Abby (Zdancewicz) is getting her sights on states this season,” Murach said.

Murach said that the Warriors are hoping for a positive season.

“We plan to work hard and see where it takes us,” Murach said.

Elk Lake’s Stephanie LaPera works on her diving technique at Warriors’ first practice of the season on Friday. STAFF PHOTO/KEVIN WOODRUFF

Elk Lake’s boys’ varsity swimming team is comprised of juniors Phillips, Mowry and Grosvenor, and freshmen Alex Manzek, Matt Sterner, Justin Parrish (M), Cody Malloy (M) and Gabe Hamernick (M).

The Warrior girls’ team is comprised of seniors Karabin, Honeyford (M) and Heather Wimmer (M) juniors Zdancewicz, Nikolaidis (M), Anna Hamernick (M), Emmie Gibson (M), Sunny Griffiths, Amanda Carney, Maria Trowbridge, Stephanie LaPera and Rachel Grosvenor, sophomores Destiny Snyder, Hannah Cave and Kyla Riley (M) and freshmen Olivia Everett (M) and Julia Amorino (M).

Elk Lake gets its season started on Tuesday, Dec. 14, at Wyoming Seminary at 4:30 p.m.

Full schedule:

Dec. 14, Wyoming Seminary, A, 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 16, Hanover, A, 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 21, Lake-Lehman, H, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 4, Delaware Valley, H, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 7, Sayre, H, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 11, Abington Heights, A, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 18, Valley View, H, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, Crestwood, H, 4:30 p.m.

Jan. 25, West Scranton, H, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 1, Tunkhannock, A, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 9, Scranton Prep, H, 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 15, Scranton, A, 4:30 p.m.

 

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