It’s Monday and the start of a new week for swimming in the Lackawanna League.

Looking back at the Ernie Shartle Invitational, in its first year, Scranton’s Aidan Drouse made quite a statement. Ok, Drouse is the reigning Times-Tribune Swimmer of the Year, and he has destroyed records in just about every big meet during his career. School records are common for him. Now, he has set his sights on pool records.

Drouse last season

District 2 Class 3A meet records

  • 200 freestyle (1:44.14)
  • 500 freestyle (4:46.22)

Les Richards Championships

  • 200 freestyle (1:43.65)
  • 100 butterfly (52.70)


That’s what separates the good swimmers all time and the great ones.

And Drouse is a great one. He had a remarkable afternoon at Tunkhannock High School where the maintenance staff will be busy putting his name up on the pool record board. After setting two individual pool records in the 200-yard free and the 100 free, he was also a member of a record-setting 200 free relay with teammates Nick Drouse, Ej Mundia, and Jason Ardan. That same group also won the 400 free relay.

So, it should come as no surprise that he is




After battling through a tough dual-meet loss last week to Scranton Prep, 85-74, put the Knights behind leader Delaware Valley, and in a tie with Scranton Prep and Abington Heights.





Delaware Valley has a slight advantage by having its two most critical races at home.

  • Jan. 29: Scranton at Delaware Valley
  • Feb. 15: Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley


At the Ernie Shartle meet, Delaware Valley’s Marc Mireau picked up a win in the 500 free in 5:42.82. Teammate Steven Schermerhorn, who was second in the 200 individual medley, was third in 5:51.15.

Also: Lucas Santiago was second in the 100 breaststroke, while Brandon Ciralli was third.

The Warriors’ 200 medley relay team of Ryan Mrozinski, Patrick Moniot, Robert Riccio, and Aedan Walter was second.


Conor McCall

Scranton Prep had an impressive performance in its showdown with Scranton. Conor McCall, a returning All-Region swimmer, had a pair of individual wins in taking the 500 free in 5:10.91and the 100 back in 1:01.51.

McCall teamed with Joseph Cholish, Michael Durr and James Stanco to win the 200 Medley Relay 1:44.52.

Cholish also won the 100 breaststroke, Durr won the 100 butterfly
and Stanco took the 200 individual medley for the Cavaliers, who have the top flight talent to battle Delaware Valley, but depth could be a concern when the two powers collide.



Abington Heights bounced back from its loss to Delaware Valley with a win over Valley View. Jack Wasko came away as the leader with wins in the 200 IM and the 100 fly. John Frantz had a pair of wins in the 200 free and 500 free. Josh Przekop won the 50 free, John Graham won the 100 back and Carter Smith won diving.

Abington Heights’ Jack Wasko wins the 200-yard individual medley against Valley View.
Jason Farmer / Staff Photographer







There were also some good performances last week at the Ernie Shartle in the girls meet.

Delaware Valley had several top 3 finishes.

  • Esther Lee

    Alyssa Harlin: Third, diving, 267.50

  • 200 Medley Relay: Second, 2:09.75
    • Hannah Grathwohl, Autumn DeBlock, Caroline Toomer, Kelsie Moffa
  • Julia Weinreb: Third, 100 fly, 1:15.17
  • Esther Lee: Third, 100 free, 59.50; Third, 100 backstroke, 1:10.79.
  • Andi Loihle: Second, 500 free, 6:07.23
  • Caroline Toomer: Third, 500 free, 6:44.07
  • 200 Free Relay: Third, 2:01.32
    • Andi Loihle, Laura Bogert, Hannah Bush, Kelsie Moffa)
  • 400 Free Relay: Second, 4:10.73
    • Esther Lee, Mary Lee, Taylor Ristaino, Julia Weinreb




Elk Lake standout Lydia Ofalt had a really impressive day at the meet. She captured the 200 IM in 2:31.67, the 100 breaststroke and was second in the 100 free in 59.04. Ofalt also teamed with Samantha Hunsinger, Samantha, Megan Boscher and Georgia Smith to finish second in the 200 free relay.


Lydia Ofalt


Also posting top three finishes at the Ernie Shartle were:

Claudia Pitts


  • Claire Brier: First, 100 Back, 1:07.16.
  • 200 Medley Relay: Second, 2:10.05.
    • Abigail Eckenrode, Claudia Pitts, Claire Brier, Camryn Ratchford
  • Claudia Pitts: Second, 200 IM, 2:38.39; Second, 100 Breast, 1:19.59







Haley Thier

Scranton Prep had a solid win over Scranton, 129-40. In that victory, Peyton McNulty had three wins and Haley Thier had three wins, and set a school record in the first 50 meter leg of the 200 medley relay. She touched the wall in 24.01 seconds to beat the pool mark of 24.10 set in 2003 by Wyoming Valley West’s Shana Welch and the school mark of 24.05 set by former state champion Rebecca Campo.

The Classics remained undefeated and are poised to defend their Lackawanna League championship.













Abington Heights at West Scranton

Valley View at Holy Cross

Wallenpaupack at Scranton
Scranton Prep at Elk Lake
Holy Cross at Delaware Valley