Delaware Valley made a statement in the first of what is expected to be the Big 6 boys meets in the Lackawanna League this season. The Warriors powered their way to a 122-61 win over Abington Heights last week in a battle between the teams that finished first and second in the Lackawanna League last season.
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Inside the meet, Liam Naturale and Luke Stevens paced the victory for the unbeaten Warriors, who have now won 20 straight in the league since falling in the season finale to Scranton Prep in 2015. It also pushed Delaware Valley to 4-0 this season, which is closely followed by Scranton at 3-0 after a pair of wins last week. Depth may favor the Warriors, who will swim both Scranton and Scranton Prep at home.
- JAN. 29: Scranton at Delaware Valley
- FEB. 15: Scranton Prep at Delaware Valley
Scranton has top-level talent with returning Times-Tribune Swimmer of the Year Aidan Drouse, his brother, Nick Drouse, who is also a returning All-Region swimmer, and E.J. Mundia, who contributed a couple of individual wins in the City Rivalry Meet win over West Scranton.
Just to give the fans an idea of how dominant Aidan Drouse is, he posted four individual wins in races against Elk Lake and West Scranton. Here are his margins of victory for each event.
- 100-yard Freestyle: 9.85 seconds
- 100-yard Backstroke: 6.78 seconds
- 200-yard Freestyle: 49.15 seconds
- 100-yard Freestyle: 12.58 seconds
The Cavaliers missed out on competing at the Big 8 Championships in Central York. Depth concerns are the only thing that may hold back the Cavaliers in the chase for the regular-season title. Scranton Prep has some really strong individual performers.
Conor McCall (100 Fly, 100 Back) and Joe Cholish (50 Free, 100 Breast) each had four wins, which included wins in the relays, to lead the Cavaliers in a win over Holy Cross.
MEET OF THE WEEK ALERT
Scranton at Scranton Prep
Tuesday, 7 p.m.
University of Scranton
Now in a game of catch up against Delaware Valley, but the Comets have a win over Scranton Prep in their pocket and have a meet ahead at home against Scranton on Feb. 14.
Abington Heights got a couple of wins from its stars in the showdown with Delaware Valley.
Won the 200 free in 2:01.79
- Won the 100 free in 53.38
- Won diving with score of 248.10
- Won 50 free in 23.57
Not to be outdone, the Delaware Valley Lady Warriors remained undefeated with a win over Abington Heights last week. Miranda Murray won the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Back, Karolina Baranowski, a returning All-Region performer, added wins in the 100 Free and the 100 Breast to lead the team to its fourth straight win.
While no team wants to look ahead — just ask Pittsburgh Steelers fans — Delaware Valley and Scranton Prep is scheduled for Feb. 15 as noted above.
That showdown will feature some of the best swimmers in District 2. Scranton Prep will counter with a roster of All-Region swimmers including Peyton McNulty and Alison Prushinski, and throw in a pair of superstars who transferred in from Wyoming Seminary, Haley Thier, and the recent addition of Ava Baur, who was third in the 100 Free and fourth in the 200 Free.
With much of the focus in the regular season being on Scranton Prep and Delaware Valley, a pair of talented athletes are stealing at least some of the spotlight.
Holy Cross’ Kirstan VanLuvender had a couple of wins last week in the 200 Free and the 100 Free in a 115-31 loss to Scranton Prep. Earlier this season, VanLuvender had a win in the 100 Free against Scranton.
Dunmore’s Madeline Healey had a win in the 100 Free and finished second in the 200 IM against Scranton Prep last week. Before the holiday break, she had wins in the 50 Free and the 500 Free against Scranton, and set a school record in the 200 Free in 2:10.37 against West Scranton.
Scranton at Scranton Prep, 7 p.m.
Holy Cross at Delaware Valley, 4:30 p.m.
Wallenpaupack at Dunmore (girls meet only)
Valley View at Abington Heights